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Automobile production in Germany 2008 - 2018 July

Growth trends of production and sales of Germany's automobile production on a new ten-year top

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 2017.

Update September 18th, 2018 - 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 2.4% per year from January 2014 to July 2018. The growth trend of production reached a new ten-year top with 107.0 index points in July 2018.

Automobile production in Germany from 2008 up to 2018.

This slight growth trend of 2.4% per year almost matches the slight growth trend of the global automobile production of 2.6% from 2007 to 2017. Without the auto production in China global production would stagnate by 0.5% per year since 2007.  The current growth of automobile production in China in 2018 is lower than in 2017.

Sales growing by 3.9% per year since 2014

Also sales have been establishing a growth trend since 2014 (dashed line in the diagram). This growth trend stands at 3.9% per year from February 2014 to July 2018, i.e. one and a half percentage points higher than that of car production.

Sales of German automobile industry from 2008 to 2018.

Sales' growth stagnated from initial 2016 to mid 2017. Since then a renewed slight growth of sales led the growth trend of sales to a ten-year peak in April 2018 for the first time, measured as the moving yearly average at 104.7 index points. In July 2018 the sales trend exceeded this value again establishing a new ten-year peak with 105.0 index points.

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