The VW Golf posts a second 20%+ year-on-year gain in a row at home.
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New car sales in Germany are up a very healthy 9.4% year-on-year in November to 302.636 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 3% to 3.187.312 with only one month left in 2017. For once Volkswagen manages to almost match the market growth at +8% to 19.2% share, nearly one percentage point above its YTD level of 18.4%. Mercedes remains comfortably in 2nd place with an almost two percentage point-advantage over its followers but trail the market at +1% to 9.5% share. Audi follows in third place with a market-beating 12% gain to 7.6% ahead of Ford (+17%) remaining at #4 for the second month running. Ford is now only 109 units below Opel year-to-date. Skoda advances 12% at #7 and Seat leaps up 26% to #9. Peugeot delivers the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 30 at a magnificent +72%, due to an on-going fleet offer on the 208 (up 246% with only 6.4% private sales in Nov), with Dacia (+53%), Alfa Romeo (+43%), Mazda (+30%), Kia (+25%), Jeep (+22%), Citroen (+20%) and Smart (+20%) also impressive. Among smaller brands, Aston Martin (+122%), Tesla (+98%), Rolls Royce (+59%), Lada (+48%), Lexus (+47%) and Ssangyong (+39%) also perform extremely well.
Over in the models ranking, after 13 straight months of year-on-year declines, the VW Golf impressively posts a second consecutive month of 20%+ gains at +24% to 7.3% share, the nameplate’s largest improvement since March 2016. With the Passat up 6% and the Tiguan up 12%, Volkswagen now monopolises the YTD podium as it did in 2016. The Mercedes C-Class drops 7% but is back up three spots to #4, followed by the E-Class up 27% to #5. The Skoda Octavia is solid at #6, while the next seven best-sellers all beat the market with double-digit gains: the VW Touran (+34%_), Audi A4 (+21%), Ford Focus (+23%), Fiesta (+26%), Skoda Fabia (+14%), Seat Leon (+16%) and Mercedes GLC, scoring the largest improvement of all at +72% but out of the Top 10 for the first time since last July. The BMW 5 Series (+40%), Ford Kuga (+100%), Seat Ibiza (+46%), Opel Insignia (+86%) and Dacia Sandero (+39%) also lodge spectacular gains in November. The Opel Crossland X continues to lead recent launches, improving to #43 and followed by the Skoda Kodiaq (#45), VW T-Roc up 123 ranks to #81 and the Skoda Karoq up 48 to #86.
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