New DAT study: 79 percent of all Germans remain loyal to the car

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No in the mood for buses: 79 percent of all Germans remain loyal to the car

New DAT study: 79 percent of all Germans remain loyal to the car-remain
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  • Site author Wolfgang Gomoll

The traffic light coalition wants to reduce car traffic, the bicycle and the train should apply priority. But most Germans do not want to do without their car. Meanwhile, the electric car is gaining driving, but not yet rapid.

What do customers want, what do they not want? How does the buying behavior change and which models and drive types are required? The strategists of the carmakers drive these questions around. And what about electromobility? Germany’s biggest driver study has again determined this.

Electric car? Dear hybrid

"Electromobility feels omnipresent, but plays a subordinate role in reality," is the conclusion of the DAT report, which has been providing a reliable description of the state of the German automotive market for 47 years. 59 percent of car buyers thought about a vehicle with alternative drives when purchasing their cars. Compared to the previous year this is an increase of 21 percent.

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The favorites are currently the hybrid models, i.e. vehicles where you don’t need a wall box, but only 22 percent have considered a purely electric car. But declarations of intent are one thing, facts count and there is a different picture: only 43 percent have chosen a vehicle with an alternative drive, which also include the LPG / CNG vehicles, but at four percent even behind the Hydrogen (six percent) lie.

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Wait with the purchase

However, this change towards electromobility is also fueled by the funding. So the question is how sustainable the trend is. After all, 46 percent of drivers can imagine switching to an e-model, 22 percent are still unsure and 31 percent reject the Stromer circuit round. When asked when drivers can switch to an electric vehicle, 79 percent explain that they want to wait at least three years.

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This skepticism manifests itself in the fact that 67 percent want to wait for a BEV to switch to a BEV. If you take a look at skepticism, the limited range plays a role for 41 percent of new car buyers, 39 percent criticize the charging infrastructure, 37 percent the (too high) price of the e-mobile and 36 percent disrupted the long loading times. Another factor is the assessment of the BEVS eco-balance sheet: 46 percent attest to the power-friendly use, but only twelve percent rate the production of electromobiles as environmentally friendly. In contrast, 60 percent in synthetic fuels see a "climate -friendly alternative to electromobility".

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Used cars in demand like never before

The DAT Report confirms the experience of new and used car sellers that the demand exceeds the supply significantly. This is mainly due to the difficulties of the supply chain (keyword semiconductor crisis) and has massive effects. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) reports a decline in the new car registrations of 10.1 percent compared to the previous year. The new car market also shrank, but only by 4.5 percent. This is because many potential new car buyers switch to young used ones.

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New car on average almost 38.000 euros expensive

So it is not surprising that the prices for new cars shoot up. Anyone who bought a new car in 2021 had to have an average of 37.Place 790 euros on the table. Absolute maximum value in the 47-year history of the DAT report. On closer inspection, there is a clear difference between German premium brands and the imported vehicles: for the domestic noble products, buyers paid an average of 54.260 euros, for the automobiles of the importers only 31.840 euros. In this pull of the new car price spiral, the used car prices also attract noticeably and jump to an all -time high of an average of 15.740 euros. That corresponds to an increase of seven percent or 1.010 euros compared to the previous year.

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The higher prices also have something to do with the increased level of equipment that is also driven by the increasingly comprehensive legal requirements. The vast majority of car buyers (72 percent of the new and 65 percent of used car buyers) are positive about the assistance systems and promise more security in the way to autonomous driving. However, 60 percent expect the repair costs to increase. Apparently, drivers have now got used to the helpers: about a third fears an overwhelming or distraction while driving.

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79 percent say: not without my car

The importance of individual mobility is unbroken: for 79 percent, your own car is indispensable. This is an increase of four percent compared to the previous year, which was also under the influence of the Covid 19 pandemic. The trend towards home office work and the reduced travel volume naturally also affects the annual mileage: 2021 the Germans put on average 13.180 kilometers back, that is a decline of four percent. In the case of diesel vehicles it was an average of 16.430 kilometers (minus 5.6 percent). That does not change the fact that the German loving child’s car remains. 55 percent have smaller rust spots and scratches remove immediately and for 77 percent a maintenance backlog is a horror presentation.

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13 thoughts on “New DAT study: 79 percent of all Germans remain loyal to the car”

  1. If I can’t go by car,……
    Then I avoid these businesses and drive into the city’s outer districts also the so -called … green meadow. There are no artificial parking problems… Then I just stay away from the city center, that’s so easy. If they should introduce a city toll, then drive even less into the city and all the shops will hike outside the city. I personally don’t need a city center to go there. And public transport would only be interesting for me if a ride would cost 50 cents point in other countries like in Luxembourg Z.B. are buses and trains completely free, and nobody has to pay for it. What works in the little Luxembourg could also work in the big Germany if you wanted to change, then many people would change too

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  2. Well yes,
    This is what it looks like and you can even specify that. Because of the 79% that remain true to the car, it is about 79% that remain true to the combustion engine. In any case, the sales figures speak a very clear language. Certainly, the e-fanboy does not deal with minor matters such as the lack of charging infrastructure, exploding energy prices or reality. For E-Fanboy, only his cloudkuckucksheim counts. Well, it may live how and where they want, even if it is a dream world.

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  3. What politics wants
    I don’t matter as long as I am rising more bike with 5000 -6500 wheel kilometers per year as the whole Bundestag. With out battery. And what I drive by car is neither a habeck nor a scholz or otherwise. I will never be guaranteed!!! Go shopping with the cargo bike and otherwise the eco faction can simply ..

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  4. Turnover
    Here in the Allgau you should be good to switch to the bus and train, many buses suddenly do not drive, or come too late, the ZűGE will stop, so that the connection is missed. In winter there is often no train connection because the tracks are icy and the train stations are below average. Its a lot to do!!

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  5. Voluntarily ?
    There is someone who voluntarily exchanges his car with public ? Except, of course, the radical world rescuers ! Whereby they can/should actually go on foot. Every vehicle has its emissions. For the blinds: take a look around the world, what looks like it looks ! Complete madness, about what is being discussed here in Germany…..

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  6. That
    is really not a surprise. Anyone who once had the pleasure of driving a bus or tram in particular at peak time can understand this result more than just.

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  7. then,
    If it were currently slowly moving the fuel price towards € 3 with the corresponding taxes and thinks to support the ONV. In addition, the cities should be given the opportunity to introduce a cityaut! So and must not go on in Germany, time that the sacred cow of the Germans is finally slaughtered!

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  8. Well
    We live in the outdoor district. There are only 6 buses here a day here. Mainly to promote the students to the surrounding schools. D. H., that after school the traffic from approx. 15.30 o’clock is completely set. How should we do without a car? Maybe you should give all citizens the opportunity to use the public.

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  9. Nobody brings me to public transport
    I prefer to drive my car. It always drives exactly when I want it. I don’t need a timetable. It is in front of my door so that I don’t have to go to the stop. I don’t need to tolerate unpleasant people in my immediate vicinity. I can hear what I want on the radio without disturbing someone. I drive on the route that I think is right. I can take more luggage with me than I can wear. I don’t have to change, but I can take a break where and when I want. And I can change my route without consulting a timetable. And driving comfort is significantly better than in a bus. As many people as possible should drive public transport from me, then the streets are empty and I get through better. To ask?

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  10. It is just like that
    In addition, in the cold season you do not have to squeeze into a compartment with any lifted strangers, especially in pandemic times a real argument against the public. And I don’t have to wait forever forever times a month, which is twice annoying in winter. In this respect, your own car is never replaced by public.

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  11. Public transport is not an option
    And an imposition. Especially in summer, it stinks of garlic and sweat on the buses. I imagine if only 25% of the population decide to use public transport.

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  12. Mr. Rhodemann
    Garlic and sweat, classified class. And these are just 2 smells, everyone else would fall victim to the netiquette.

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  13. The OVM
    Will be slower and more than the car. This already results from the departure times. There may be a subway faster in the city, but the tram has been needed longer again. S-Bahn, regional train or ICE sometimes need outrageously long. Apart from failures, delays and strikes. Buses have been needed from nature for a long time. For the route to my sister, I need almost 60 minutes by subway and S-Bahn. Almost 15 minutes by car.

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