AID compiled figures reveal that the allure of driving a status-rich car made by one of Germany’s prestige sector brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Porsche could potentially be wearing thin. These top-of-the-tree cars are now so popular on Britain’s crowded roads that they could conceivably defeat the purpose for which they were originally bought
To underline Britain’s simply astonishing appetite for German cars, regardless of the segment, last year Germany’s carmakers shipped some 799,416 German-built cars across the English channel, according to figures released by the
VDA, Germany’s Autoindustry federation.
Moreover, excluding last year’s substantial UK sales of German-made cars from both Ford and Opel-Vauxhall, full year 2016 UK sales of pure German brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW, rose at more than twice the market average to nearly 762,000 units.
Besides, according to VDA figures, the combination of German-owned carmakers plus the German-built cars from Ford and Opel-Vauxhall add up to a 50 per cent market share in the UK.
But that ignores the fact that many of these cars were not built at a factory in Germany, but were sourced from one of the German carmakers’ plants in Spain, the Czech-Republic, Poland or even the
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