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Vehicle registrations - Germany. May of 2022

Germans passenger car registrations fall in May

In May, vehicle registrations in Germany fell by 11.25% with respect to May of 2021. In total, 231,495 cars were registered and 2,844,247 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 16.8% less than the year before.

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

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 24,296, 19.52% less than in May of 2021.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 207,199, which represents a figure of 10.16% less than in May of 2021.

Germany is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 137 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 34.2 cars per 1,000 residents, 2.78 of them in the last month, Germany, occupies 11th place in the ranking.

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 declined since 2012, as 3,506,550 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 43.65.

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.

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DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
May 202224,296207,199231,4952.78325,4352,518,8122,844,24734.20
April 202221,633180,264201,8972.43331,3292,542,2482,873,57734.56
March 202230,350241,330271,6803.27340,8282,591,6342,932,46235.26
February 202225,371200,512225,8832.72348,2212,642,6532,990,87435.97
January 202223,231184,112207,3432.49350,4432,636,4902,986,93335.92
December 202129,136227,630256,7663.09351,1872,622,1322,973,31935.76
November 202128,499198,258226,7572.73353,0602,705,8963,058,95636.79
October 202127,513178,683206,1962.48361,1312,797,7883,158,91937.99
September 202126,079196,972223,0512.68369,9632,893,4083,263,37139.24
August 202125,799193,307219,1062.63375,7492,961,6633,337,41240.13
July 202128,814236,393265,2073.19379,2343,019,4003,398,63440.87
June 202134,714274,152308,8663.71382,1763,097,9453,480,12141.85
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Germany - New motor vehicle registrations
Germany - New motor vehicle registrations