VW is rowing back when it comes to discounts
As an evaluation by the Center Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen shows, VW significantly reduced its discount campaigns for purchases through internet brokers in December. With this, VW not only calms the discount competition in the German car market, but also prevents its own image loss. Because permanently high discounts for new cars damage the reputation of a car brand.
As the results from the CAR Institute show, the average discounts for the VW Golf fell from 17.8 percent in November to 14.7 percent in December, for the VW Golf Plus from 18.6 to 14.5 percent, for the VW Polo from 18, 3 to 14.4 percent, for the VW Tiguan from 18.4 to 14.6 percent and for the VW Touran from 18.7 to 14.6 percent (see graphic).
Discount development for the VW model series from November to December 2012. Source: CAR Center Automotive Research
Only slight changes in the other car brands
According to the CAR Institute, there have been only slight changes in the Internet retailers of the other brands. As a result of the importance that VW has in the overall market, the manufacturer’s reduction in discounts has the effect that the average discounts for the 30 best-selling products
Models have fallen by 1.4 to 17.6 percent.
VW postpones sales promotion activities
At the same time, at the end of December, VW announced new “Life” special models for the Polo, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Jetta, Touran, Sharan and Tiguan model series, which are equipped with greater customer benefits than the previous Match special models. The model series Polo, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Jetta, Touran, Sharan, Tiguan account for 40 percent of VW sales in Germany, according to the CAR Institute. VW is shifting its sales promotion activities from dealer bonuses to end customer activities, which in total offer fewer customer benefits than in November.
Break in the discount competition
The lower discounts on VW models are accompanied by a decline in the discount index. As the CAR Institute reports, this fell to 118 in December. In November the index was still at 120 points. In addition to the decline in discounts for Internet brokers, the advertised customer advantage for the special promotions openly advertised by manufacturers also fell in December.
According to the CAR Institute, the decline in the discount index means an important break in the discount competition. This is currently not worsening, although the situation in the German automotive market remains tense. However, the car manufacturers still have to work with incentives. It remains to be seen how the sales promotion measures at VW will develop.
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