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Automobile production in Germany 2008 - 2019 January

Trend changing from growth to decline in production and sales in the automotive industry

This report deals mainly with monthly changes of production and sales of the automobile industry in Germany based on official production statistics. A separate trend report publishes the trends in production and sales since the beginning of the world economy crisis in 2008 to 2018.

Update March 14th, 2019 - Automobile production in Germany has been establishing a slight growth trend as it can be seen from the course of the dashed line in the diagram. This line represents a moving yearly average of the monthly production numbers. The trend indicates a growth of the automobile production by 1.2% per year from January 2014 to January 2019.


In July 2018, this trend had reached 107.1 index points, its highest level since 2008. Since then, however, the trend has been downwards.

Automobile production in Germany from 2008 up to 2019.

This is unusual because since the global economic crisis, with one exception, the trend in production and sales in the automotive industry in the second half of the year has been higher than in the first. In the global economic crisis itself, the opposite was true, with the second half of the year weaker than the first. This is now the case. And the seasonal drop in production to 77.1 index points in December 2018 was the worst since the global economic crisis.

Trend in sales turning from growth to decline as well

Since the beginning of 2014, turnover has been a growth trend (dotted line in the diagram). This growth trend is 2.8% per year from the beginning of 2014 to January 2019, i.e. almost twice as high as the growth trend in car production.

Sales of German automobile industry from 2008 to 2019.

This trend had also reached its highest level since 2008 with 105.1 index points in July 2018, and here too the trend has been downwards since then. With one exception, this was otherwise only the case during the global economic crisis itself.

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