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Performance still stable

Demand for used VW cars with manipulated emissions values has increased

  • Four per cent more sales than in the same period of the previous year
  • However, demand for specific model series has decreased
  • Vehicles prices remain stable

Ostfildern/Germany (28th July 2016) – Interest in used VW cars with diesel engines affected by the emissions manipulation has not declined but rather increased. Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT) has determined this based on own analyses and on a comprehensive evaluation of used-car figures.

January 2015 to June 2016 figures for the transfer of ownership of VW diesel vehicles with a cubic capacity of 1.2 litres, 1.6 litres and 2.0 litres, which were first registered between 2008 and 2015, were considered. Sales figures for VW used cars with 2.0-litre engines clearly increased by nine per cent and 13 per cent year on year (January to June cumulatively) for the Golf and Passat respectively, slightly increased by two per cent for the Touran and stayed nearly the same as the previous year for the Tiguan. However, sales of the 1.6-litre-engine VW Golf and Passat models declined by eight and five per cent respectively. The 1.2-litre-diesel VW Polo slumped by 16 per cent, compared to the same period of the previous year.

Adding the used-car sales figures of all VW series with the affected diesel engines in the period January to June 2015 and comparing the result with that of 2016 reveals an increase of four per cent in 2016. According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt – KBA), the overall market in Germany grew by 1.4 per cent from January to June, compared to the same period last year.

“We find that the performance of these vehicles is still stable. With regard to the sales figures, we have thoroughly evaluated our own numerical data and also compared it with a separate analysis by the company Dataforce. Thus, by restricting it to specific characteristics, we could again confirm our premise that the sales figures are not decreasing, despite the diesel issue,” sums up Siegfried Trede, head of DAT Vehicle Valuation.

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