Commercial fleet registrations in Germany grew by 14.9% in July, and also helped the new passenger car segment achieve its best month since 2009.
With almost 333,000 new passenger cars registered in July 2019, the total number of new registrations for this month was higher than in any other July since 2009, bolstered in part by true fleet registrations, according to Dataforce. It's also conceivable that some fleet managers have made additional purchases in order to avoid possible delivery bottlenecks in the coming autumn.
Leading the pack, in terms of registrations by automakers, was Volkswagen, followed by Audi and Mercedes- Benz, according to Dataforce. Rounding out the top five were BMW in fourth and Ford in fifth place.
The performance of the Mercedes C-Class scored as the highest volume growth by absolute figures of all models and ranked third in the middle class segment behind the VW Passat and Audi A4.
With regards to fuel types, the diesel share dropped by 1.7 percentage points to 56%, while the petrol share decreased moderately to 38.2%, compared to the same time last year. Alternative fuels, meanwhile, were up by 5.8%; the share of full electric vehicles was nearly at 3.0% – a new best value.