New car registration declined last month in Germany and the U.K. compared to unusually inflated year-earlier volumes.
Demand a year ago was inflated by carmakers rushing to sell off vehicles that would become ineligible for sale under new WLTP rules that took effect on Sept. 1.
Germany, year-on-year sales slipped only 1% to 313,700 units, says KBA, the country’s motor transport authority.
Deliveries of diesel-powered passenger vehicles fell 8% to a 30% share of the German market. Demand for all-electric cars doubled to capture nearly 2% of sales. By brand, August sales rose 22% for Mercedes but fell 3% for BMW and 17% for Volkswagen.
In the U.K., volume slipped 2% to 92,600 last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Sales dropped 12% for diesels, reducing their market share to 26^. All-electric vehicles captured 3% of the British market.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
Chinese electric-car startup Nio Inc. is forming a manufacturing joint venture with Beijing E-Town International Investment and Development Co., which is investing 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in the business.
It’s the fifth generation of a vehicle that has been increasing in sales year after year since its introduction in 1997.