BERLIN -- German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the KBA. The motor transport authority blamed the decline on there being two fewer selling days in June.
The VDA industry association has said it expects German domestic car production and exports to fall 2 percent each this year to 5.6 million and 4.3 million vehicles, respectively.
Automakers are keeping a close watch on the falling market share of Euro 6 diesel vehicles, said the VDA, which represents vehicle manufacturers and suppliers including Volkswagen Group, Daimler, BMW Group, Robert Bosch, Continental and ZF Friedrichshafen.
The market share for diesels in the first half was 41.3 percent, which is a 9.1 percent decline compared with the same period last year, according to KBA figure. The market share for gasoline-powered models was 55.8 percent, a 12 percent increase compared with the first six months of 2016, according to KBA data.
Alternative powertrains also won big in the first half with hybrid sales up 82 percent to 37,520 units, plug-in hybrids rising 100 percent to 12,264 and demand for full-electric models jumping 134 percent to 10,189, according to the KBA.
With German national elections less than three months away, the country's auto industry is expected to contribute toward a plan to cut pollution from diesel engines to help improve air quality and restore trust that was damaged by VW Group's recent emissions-cheating scandal.
Key brands struggle
Market leader VW brand's registrations fell 5 percent to 60,555 vehicles while No. 2 Mercedes-Benz slipped 1.2 percent to 31,394. Registrations at third-placed Audi were down 9.4 percent to 25,153 vehicles. No. 4 Opel's volume fell 9.3 percent to 23,283, while sales at BMW brand, which rounded out the top five, decreased by 18 percent to 22,713.
Winners in June included Fiat brand, whose sales were up 8 percent to 9,108 units, and Toyota, which increased its monthly volume 23 percent to 7,405. Toyota's surge was helped by strong demand for its recently launched C-HR small crossover. Other brands making strong gains in June were Renault (+22 percent) and Seat (+19 percent).
• Download PDF, above right, for June, 6-month sales in Germany by brand.
Through June, German registrations were up 3.1 percent to 1.78 million.
Germany is the latest big European market to report June sales. In contrast, registrations rose 2 percent in France, 13 percent in Italy and 7 percent in Spain.