FRANKFURT -- New-car sales in Germany fell 20 percent to 251,044 in August, according to data released by the German Motor Transport Authority (KBA).
The result was a stark reminder of the problems faced by Europe's No. 1 market during the coronavirus pandemic after sales appeared to bounce back in July with a drop of just 5.4 percent, after months of double-digit declines.
Major brands had mixed results last month with Tesla (+454 percent), BMW (+15 percent), Nissan (+14 percent) and DS Automobile (+12 percent) among brands bucking the overall market's decline to post big gains.
Dacia (-64 percent), Porsche (-50 percent), Opel (-47 percent) and Seat (-40 percent) were among the biggest losers in August.
Other winners included Toyota, up 8.9 percent, Mini, up 3.3 percent and Fiat, which rose 1 percent.
Other losers included Audi, down 35 percent, Citroen, down 28 percent, and Ford, down 26 percent. Peugeot fell 25 percent, Skoda 20 percent and VW brand 17 percent.
Hyundai declined 16 percent, while Renault and Mitsubishi both dropped 13 percent.
Mercedes-Benz declined by 3.7 percent.
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Through August, sales in Germany are down 29 percent to 1.77 million.