SUV registrations January 2022

Comeback for the SUV in January 2022 with 35 percent growth and a new table leader. The VW Tiguan wins the duel at the top by a hair's breadth.

Unfortunately, the slight increase in new registrations in January 2022 compared to the same month of the previous year is an optical illusion. The 184,112 new passenger car registrations compared to January 2021 mean an increase of at least 8.5 percent. But this January 2021 was a disaster in itself and far below the usual level. The topic looks more gratifying for SUVs, which were able to achieve a profit of +37.5 percent.

A total of 72,670 off-road vehicles and SUVs were registered for the first time in January 2022, so these models are almost back to the pre-crisis level of 2020. The market share of off-road vehicles and SUVs is correspondingly high, now accounting for almost 40 percent of all newly registered vehicles car.

New SUV registrations January 2022

After a really rough year for the VW Tiguan, the former long-term winner is back on the winner's seat for the first time in months in January. However, with a razor-thin lead: just four more units than the second-placed VW T-Roc account for the overall victory this time. After all, after recent steady losses, the Tiguan can finally celebrate growth again compared to the same month last year, even if only by +1.5 percent.

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On the other hand, other Group models from the volume range of over 1,000 new registrations are recording stronger growth rates: The Audi Q3 (+60.6%), the second-placed T-Roc (+62.8 %) and the Cupra Formentor (also +62.8%). The Mercedes GLA (+87.1%) shows the strongest growth in the volume segment, while the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross made the biggest leap overall: An increase of a remarkable +474 percent compared to January 2021.

Of the newcomer of the month, the Most people interested in SUVs have never heard of it and it comes from China, which is no longer so rare. The 01 from the manufacturer Lynk & Co is primarily intended to be marketed as a subscription and not as a leasing or purchase object and is closely related to the Volvo XC40. In the article linked above there is more information about the car, which the manufacturer hopes will revolutionize our user behavior. In the meantime, it will take a while, the 01 manages 208 (purely commercial) new registrations when it enters the market.

Table: The top 20 new registrations of SUVs in January 2022

At this point, a look at the Stromer in SUV guise is now mandatory. Many of them, such as the Opel Mokka or the Mercedes EQC, are hidden in the respective series with the various drives, but there are also more and more SUVs that are only available as electric cars. In the case of SUVs with electric drive, two Hyundai models have the plug in front in January (Kona with 1,005 and Ioniq 5 with 954 copies), the VW ID.4 follows in third place with 896 units.

Note: The registration statistics are the official information from the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg. The division into the respective classes is based on a key number via the manufacturer. Models that are not available on the German market or are no longer built can also appear in the statistics. This peculiarity can occur in the KBA statistics if, for example, foreign vehicles are registered in Germany for the first time or vehicles have a new identification number. received .


The friendly increase of over eight percent in January 2022 should not hide the fact that this growth is based on a miserable starting value in January 2021. Overall, new registrations are still well below the level before Corona. On the other hand, things are going really well for the SUVs, which are slowly approaching the pre-crisis level. With an impressive comeback, VW can really score points in the SUV segment in January.


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