German drivers are in a shopping mood: with 315.921 cars, 8,4 percent more new cars were registered in April than in the same month last year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). More than a third (34,9 percent) were private registrations. Once again they were particularly popular SUV: The segment even grew by a quarter (24,3 percent), the market share is 11,4 percent.
A quarter (25,7%) of the new cars were also assigned to the segment with the most shares, the compact class (+5,5 percent). At the start of the season, the motorhome segment grew by 28 percent, followed by sports cars, with an increase of 25,6 percent.
All German brands achieved gains in April, Porsche (+22,4 percent) and Mercedes (+22 percent) achieved significant increases. At a lower level, the import brands Jaguar (+125,4 percent) and Honda (+90,1 percent) gained significantly.
The KBA recorded declines in plug-in hybrids and e-cars: 964 fewer plug-in hybrids were registered with 4,2 double-hearted cars than in April 2014. With 604 electric cars, the new registration rate went with this alternative drive type by 11,7 percent. The government-announced electric car premium should not be entirely innocent. Their short-term implementation was announced in April and may have caused potential buyers to wait to purchase.
With 764.922 ownership transfers, the used car market reached the level of the previous month (+/- 0 percent).