VW Group gets big WLTP hit as German sales fall 10%

December 5, 2018 10:59 CET

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s brands including Porsche and Audi continued to lose sales in their German home market in November due to delivery bottlenecks caused by a new vehicle testing regime.

Overall German registrations fell by 9.9 percent to 272,674 last month, the KBA motor vehicle agency said on Tuesday.

All VW Group’s brands suffered sales declines.

Porsche registrations plunged 55 percent and Audi sales fell 43 percent. Seat sales were down 19 percent, while VW brand’s volume dropped 15 percent and Skoda registrations fell 3 percent.

VW has said a shortage of engineers led to it failing to get vehicles ready for the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) introduced on Sept. 1 for new cars in the European Union.

VW brand sales chief Juergen Stackmann said last month that the automaker is tackling the bottlenecks and will be ready for an “end-of-the-year sprint” in Europe after November.

Most volume brands lost sales in November, registration data showed.

Nissan sales fell 47 percent, Peugeot’s volume was down 43 percent and Renault registrations dropped by 28 percent. Toyota sales fell 4.9 percent.

Opel volume declined by 4.4 percent and Fiat was down 3.1 percent.

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German luxury brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz bucked the downward trend. BMW brand sales increased 12 percent while Mercedes’ sales gained 6 percent.

Among volume brands, Ford sales rose 4.4 percent while Hyundai was up 3.5 percent.

EV sales rise 41%

Registrations of electrified vehicles increased while sales of conventional powertrains decreased during the month.

Sales of gasoline cars fell by 13 percent, giving the powertrain a 59.9 percent market share. Diesel sales declined by 10 percent for a 34.0 share.

Sales of full hybrids rose 35 percent for a 4.3 percent share, including a 39 percent increase in plug-in hybrid registrations for a 0.7 percent share. Registrations of full-electric cars jumped 41 percent for a 1.6 percent share.

Through November, total market sales are up slightly by 0.4 percent to 3.2 million.

You can reach David Jolley at djolley@crain.com.

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