Best first four months registrations in Germany since before the downturn
According to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany (IVM, Essen) new registrations there in April were +15.84 percent year-on-year at 18,303 units, and are therefore now running at +2.25 percent for the year-to-date (47,055 units).
This represents the best April sales month, and best first four month market performance in Germany in new motorcycle registration terms since before 2008.
In total PTW terms, April was +12.27 percent (24,675 PTW units in total) with the year-to-date +1.23 percent (62,558 units) – also the best market performance since before 2008.
The best-selling motorcycle in Germany so far in 2016 (January-April inclusive) was BMW’s R1200 GS (3,498 units), with Honda’s CRF 100 ‘Africa Twin’ second (1,470 units), Yamaha’s MT-07 third (1,368 units), Kawasaki’s Er-6n fourth (1.183 units), and BMW’s R nineT fifth (1,101 units).
Indeed, BMW have 6 of the top 10 best-sellers so far this year in Germany, and 10 of the top 20. KTM has 4 bikes in the top 20. Sportsbikes are the largest sector of the German market, taking 30.31 percent of new motorcycle registrations so far this year (14,262 units), but the Enduro sector is showing the strongest growth at +9.87 percent YTD (12,458 units).
Not surprisingly BMW is market share leader so far this year, taking 18.96 percent of new motorcycle registrations (11,859m units, which is +4.00 percent on their year-ago sales), with Yamaha second at 12.17 percent, Honda third with 12.11 percent, KTM forth with 9.79 percent of sales and Kawasaki fifth with 8.44 percent of new motorcycle sales so far this year.