Changeover to the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure Procedure (WLTP) test cycle in Europe has led to supply issues at the end of several carmakers resulting in large dips in sales numbers in September 2018 as compared to the same month last year.
The introduction of WLTP led many customers in Western European markets to bring forward their purchasing decisions, resulting in extraordinary growth in delivery figures over the summer months and now, as expected, to the severe falls in September, also in the overall market.
Audi expects to see the most fluctuations in deliveries over the coming months due to the changeover. In September, supply-side factors caused sales in the home continent to fall 55.5% year-on-year to 37,200 units. In Germany, dealers reported a 69.4% drop in sales for the past month.
As of September 1, legal arrangements mean that manufacturers in Germany can only register 10% of their prior-year volume of cars which were type approved according to the previous NEDC test method.
The Volkswagen brand handed over 91,100 vehicles to customers in Europe, 42.6% fewer than in September 2017. In the home market of Germany, where the WLTP changeover also had a massive effect, deliveries in September fell by 47.1% compared with the same month of the previous year, to 23,300 units. 18,000 vehicles were delivered to customers in Central and Eastern Europe, a fall of 19.1% compared with the previous year.
In Europe, Mercedes-Benz sold 91,609 vehicles in September which is 9.4% lesser than last year. In Germany, the domestic market, Mercedes-Benz delivered 22,780 cars which exhibited a drop of 16.7%.
Jaguar Land Rover sales were down a modest 0.8% in the UK and 4.7% in Europe.