Registration numbers: The Opel Corsa is the new bestseller of small cars

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The Opel Corsa is the new small car bestseller

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After the record-breaking month of March, the number of new registrations in April fell slightly for the first time this year. The scrapping bonus nevertheless ensured good sales figures, especially for small and compact cars. There are new leaders in five of the twelve class segments.

I.In April a total of almost 380,000 new vehicles were registered. There were five management changes within the twelve vehicle classes. The Opel Corsa takes the lead in the small car segment, the Mercedes E-Class in the upper middle class and the BMW 7 Series in the upper class. The Porsche 911 tops the list for sports cars and the Opel Meriva for mini vans.

The scrapping premium continues to stimulate the German car market. By May 5th, the responsible Federal Office for Economics and Export Control (Bafa) in Eschborn near Frankfurt am Main had received just under 1.35 million applications. But the peak of the boom seems to be over. After sales rose by 40 percent in March, the number of new registrations in April rose by around 19.4 percent compared to the same month last year. This means that the new car market in the first four months of the current year has reached its highest level since the record year 1999.

According to the Association of the German Auto Industry (VDA), the German car market grew by a good 18 percent to just under 1.25 million units from January to April. This corresponds to an increase in sales of almost 200,000 cars compared to the same period in the previous year.

“The environmental bonus is still a complete success and rightly bears this name. The average CO2 emissions of all newly registered cars in the first quarter fell by 11 to 156 grams per kilometer compared to the same period in the previous year, ”said Volker Lange, President of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK). The order situation suggests that there will also be significant increases in new registrations in the coming months.

According to the latest VDA forecasts, significantly more cars will be sold in 2009 than in 2008, when 3.09 million left the dealerships. The VDIK now reckons with 3.1 million cars.

In addition to foreign brands such as Fiat and Renault, Opel, Ford and Volkswagen in particular benefited from the renewed increase in new registrations in April. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), sales of Fiat increased by 151 percent compared to April 2008.

Alfa Romeo has even grown by 175 percent. The ailing automaker Opel was able to look forward to growth of 36 percent. The General Motors subsidiary claims that it is second in terms of new car sales in Germany this year. According to the KBA, Ford gained 30 percent and VW 22 percent. All other German manufacturers had to complain about double-digit minus rates. Mercedes-Benz Cars, for example, lost 35.2 percent.

Despite the generally significant increase in demand on the domestic market, German manufacturers had to cut production in view of the export trend. According to the VDA, the production of cars in domestic plants fell in April by 34.0 percent to 382,000 cars. This is mainly due to the fact that incoming orders from abroad have so far remained significantly below the previous year’s volume – in the first four months of 2009 by 31 percent.

VDA President Wissmann, however, was confident that the purchase incentive programs that have now been launched in many European countries will have an effect and that any further downward trend will at least be slowed down.

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