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Vehicle registrations - Germany. April of 2017

Fewer April private car sales in Germany

In April, vehicle registrations in Germany grew by 3.62% with respect to April of 2016. In total, 3,739,224 cars were registered and 3,739,224 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 3.62% more than the year before.

The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of April is:

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 359,581, 4.48% more than in April of 2016.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 290,697, which represents a figure of 7.98% less than in April of 2016.

Germany is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.

A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Germans residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 45.5 cars per 1,000 residents, 45.5 of them in the last month, Germany, occupies 9th place, so, compared to the other countries in the ranking, its population has a good standard of living.

As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .

Changes in German vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have grown since 2007, as 3,665,785 were produced that year as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 44.53.

Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Germany. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Germany in en German economy.

Germany - New motor vehicle registrations
DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
< 2016
April 201728,147290,697318,8443.88359,5813,379,6433,739,22445.50
March 201737,542359,683397,2254.83363,3533,404,8673,768,22045.86
February 201725,497243,602269,0993.27357,8283,368,0973,725,92545.34
January 201724,767241,399266,1663.24357,8963,374,6413,732,53745.42
December 201631,451256,533287,9843.50357,2603,351,6073,708,86745.13
November 201633,003276,567309,5703.77356,2193,342,4293,698,64845.01
October 201628,016262,724290,7403.54355,6453,338,2393,693,88444.95
September 201628,693298,002326,6953.98360,6013,353,8873,714,48845.20
August 201630,623245,076275,6993.35359,2083,328,3643,687,57244.87
July 201628,480278,866307,3463.74350,0563,309,6023,659,65844.53
June 201635,179339,563374,7424.56350,4713,320,9323,671,40344.68
May 201628,183286,931315,1143.83346,9113,294,9083,641,81944.32
Germany - New motor vehicle registrations