The compact Mokka SUV, which continues to be extremely popular and leads its segment in countries like Italy and Germany, is a major momentum driver. In the first quarter of 2015, the Rüsselsheim automaker surpassed the 50,000 mark for new passenger car registrations on its home market in Germany: exactly 51,584 (year-ago period: 49,965) new Opel cars hit the roads. The best month was March, when Opel increased its new registrations to 23,044 (March 2014: 22,131), a market share of 7.1 percent. The Opel passenger car market share in the first quarter of 2015 was 6.8 percent in Germany.
The light commercial vehicle (LCV) business showed a clear upwards trend. Opel improved market share in the European LCV field to 4.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015 – the best quarterly market share since 2009 thanks to the new Vivaro and Movano models. Peter Christian Küspert says, “The LCV business offers tremendous potential for growth and it is a key pillar of our long-term plan DRIVE! 2022.”