General Motors’ Germany-based subsidiary, Opel, had quite the sales performance in May 2016 in its home market, reporting 21,260 new vehicle deliveries. The results represent a 26 percent, or 4,400-vehicle, year-over-year increase.
The 26 percent growth rate is nearly twice the rate of the total German passenger car market, enabling Opel to grow its market share by more than 0.8 percentage points to over 7.4 percent.
The Opel Mokka CUV was a significant contributor to May sales, recording a 40 percent increase in May alone, thereby taking first place in the monthly and year-to-date B-segment sales charts.
“Things are continuing to look up at Opel”, said Jürgen Keller, Opel Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Aftersales in Germany. “I am sure that our new models will add further impetus to our sales. Especially given the fact that the new Opel Mokka X has been available for order in Germany since the beginning of the week”.
For the first five months of the calendar year, Opel delivered almost 103,000 passenger cars in Germany — an increase of about 13,250 units, or 15 percent. The results represent a growth that is more than twice as strong as the German passenger car market, allowing the brand to grow its market share by more than 0.5 percentage points to roughly 7.4 percent — Opel’s best result during this period in five years.
The main driver behind the growth is the new Opel Astra: the 2016 European Car of the Year accounted for over 26,600 deliveries, an increase of around 30 percent over the same period in 2015.