Volkswagen (VW) remained the strongest German brand, while Czech Škoda Auto performed best among imported brands. Both brands are part of the Volkswagen concern.

Most of the cars sold in Germany last year were intended for business purposes, namely 67.1 percent. This was 12.4 percent more compared to the previous year. For the whole year, 32.8 percent of new cars sold were registered for private use, which is a year-on-year decrease of 1.9 percent.

Of the German brands, the Smart car company performed best last year, selling 42.9 percent more cars year-on-year. The car companies Audi (plus 15.7 percent), Mini (plus (14.4 percent), Mercedes (plus 13.7 percent), Porsche (plus 12 percent), BMW (plus 11.2 percent) and VW ( plus 7.9 percent.) The VW brand, which sold 519,089 cars in Germany last year, remained the strongest German brand in the domestic market with a share of 18.2 percent.

Of the imported brands, the Chinese automaker GWM recorded the highest sales growth last year, with KBA reporting a year-on-year increase of more than 19,316 cars. In the overall share, however, the carmaker gained 0.2 percent of the German market. Year-on-year sales growth of over one hundred percent was also announced by the brands Lotus (plus 161 percent) and Nio (plus 153.6 percent). Česká Škoda Auto sold 168,561 passenger cars in Germany last year, which was 17.1 percent more year-on-year. The total share of the Czech brand on the German market last year was 5.9 percent.

Skoda’s biggest competitor among imported brands was Seat, which sold over 132,000 passenger cars in Germany last year. This was 18.8 percent more year-on-year. Seat’s share of the German market was 4.7 percent. Hyundai sold over 106,000 cars, which was 1.2 percent more year-on-year. Its share of the German market was 3.7 percent.

In terms of drive, cars with a gasoline engine had the largest share last year, namely 34.4 percent. The year before, it was 32.6 percent. Diesels accounted for 17.1 percent and 17.8 percent the year before. The share of newly registered purely electric cars was 18.4 percent last year, compared to 17.7 percent a year earlier. 6.2 percent of newly registered cars had a so-called plug-in hybrid engine.