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GERMANY - Keep home fires burning
Germany’s home market compensates for first stutter from car exports
Published: Fri, 1 June 2012 11:50:01 GMT
 

New car demand in Germany, a comparative oasis of calm in this year’s storm-tossed eurozone, has held up well so far.

In April, which saw sagging sales in the vast majority of Europe’s markets, Germany’s car market rose by a trendbucking 2.9 per cent, coming in the wake of a 3.4 per cent gain in March and virtually unchanged sales in both January and February.

The upbeat message of these domestic car sales figures was overshadowed however by a contrasting performance from both car exports and production.

Car exports, traditionally a dynamo for German car makers, has hit a bad patch during recent months, with VDA figures showing a 14 per cent drop in April, opening up a 5 per cent deficit at this year’s one-third stage.

A 10 per cent dip in April car production couldn’t fail but dampen the spirits further
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German BMW production
German exports slowing in April
 

DATA AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS WITH THIS ARTICLE:

GERMAN NEW car sales by manufacturer and marque:
- april 2012 v April 2011
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4-MONTHS 2012 v 4-MONTHS 2011

GERMAN NEW car sales by SECTOR:
- april 2012 v April 2011
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4-MONTHS 2012 v 4-MONTHS 2011

TOP 20 NEW car sales by MODEL:
- april 2012 v April 2011
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4-MONTHS 2012 v 4-MONTHS 2011


 

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