Life is too short to drive boring cars. That is evident in the U.S. because Ford and Chevrolet have discontinued almost everything that isn’t an SUV. It is a different story in Germany. The market for quality & performance has never been hotter, as BMW & Porsche beat expectations with 6 months of positive growth. Of course, these numbers arrive in separate press releases, but I am listing both brands in one article for the sake of brevity.
The big news from Bavaria is a 0.7% increase in June compared to the same month last year. Total deliveries for last month were 240,674 cars from BMW, Mini, & Rolls-Royce. Total sales since January 1st are a whopping 1,252,837 cars, which represents 0.8% increase. It is the first time they have delivered over 1.25 Million cars in the first half of a year. As the M3 and M4 are being prepped for a new generation, sales of the American made X-Series were unprecedented.
Sales from Stuttgart are also on the rise. Porsche delivered 133,484 cars in the first half of the year. Not only does this represent 2% more than last year, the Cayenne saw a 45% increase with 41,725 delivered. The Macan remains their most popular model, with 47,367 examples delivered. Looking at the world market, China grew by 28%, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa are grouped together to form a 20% increase. Finally, the U.S. saw a 3% increase during this period. It is a great time to buy a Porsche 911, as the 991.2 cars have great incentives. This is being done as the 992 chassis is continually expanding across the 911 lineup. You will see many examples of both at this month’s Cars & Coffee, so join us on the morning of July 20th. Tell us which brand you prefer in the comments below, and stay with us for all your German car news.