FRANKFURT - The German market grew by 0.9 percent despite a poor first half. Sales were down 2.7 percent in the first six months as consumers waited for models that would be launched in the second half.
The top sellers were the Volkswagen Golf, GM Astra and Corsa, and the VW Passat. The top six brands were Volkswagen, with 18.1 percent of the market, Opel, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW. Audi overtook BMW, and increased its lead in the second half, thanks to good sales of the A3 and A6.
Daimler-Benz would have sold more than 300,000 cars if deliveries of its new A-class had not been stopped.
The biggest importer remained Renault, which performed much better than the PSA group.
Renault's sales rose 11.8 percent on the previous year, whereas PSA's fell 5.4 percent. Fiat group fell 12.2 percent, and the Fiat brand was down 14.1 percent.
Ford was the best performer among the top three groups. It raised its sales by 9.3 percent, while those of General Motors fell. Volkswagen expects to sell more than one million units in Germany this year.
Toyota, overtook Nissan to take a 2.6 percent share of the market.