BERLIN -- German new-car sales fell 32 percent in June, putting Europe's largest market on track for reaching a 30-year low.
Registrations for the month were 220,272, the KBA motor vehicle authority said in a news release on Friday.
The plunge shows the impact of the coronavirus crisis and the economic hit caused by months of lockdown. It is further bad news for a sector that has been buffeted by the transition away from combustion engines and scandals over emissions.
The head of the VDIK importers association, Reinhard Zirpel, told the Tagesspiegel newspaper that the June decline was 40 percent in calendar-adjusted terms.
For the full year, Zirpel expects the number of new vehicles registered to fall 20 percent to 2.8 million for the full year. The last time so few cars were sold was 1989 -- the year of German reunification at the end of the Cold War.
But even that was an optimistic prognosis, Zirpel said.
"The cumulative minus up to the end of June is -35 percent," he said. "There will have to be a very strong recovery in the second half to reach -20 percent at the end."
Most brands saw a drop in demand last month. The exceptions were Mitsubishi, up 11 percent, Honda, where registrations rose 2.8 percent, Subaru, whose volume rose 2.6 percent and Fiat brand, which posted a jump of 1.5 percent.
Volkswagen brand sales plunged 37 percent, while Audi was down 35 percent, Seat down 36 percent and Skoda fell 32 percent. Porsche sales were flat, falling just 0.5 percent.
The Smart brand was hit hard as demand for its cars plummeted 84 percent.
Opel dropped 52 percent. Citroen fell 26 percent and Peugeot was down 25 percent.
Demand for Tesla vehicles plunged 48 percent.
Alfa Romeo fell 51 percent as did Dacia. Renault brand sales fell 27 percent.
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Among premium brands, BMW fell 29 percent, while Mercedes-Benz was down 8.7 percent.
Asian brands also fared badly in June. Hyundai fell 42 percent, while Kia dropped 39 percent. Toyota volume fell by 35 percent and demand for Nissan dropped 26 percent.
Mini sales fell 24 percent, while Volvo slipped just 1 percent.
Through June, German sales were down 35 percent to 1.21 million.
Reuters contributed to this report