German Love Affair With Powerful Cars Continues Unabated…Horsepower Of Registered New Cars Hit Record High

Germans, like lots of other people, often love to preach water but drink wine.

So often I’ve heard Germans claim it’s so important to cut back on CO2 emissions, install green energy production system and to live green in order to present climate change.

And even though tiny Germany cutting back on CO2 emissions is not going to make any difference to the climate, Germans will insist: “We have to be an example to the rest of the world.”

Yet, right after all the preaching and virtue signalling, you’ll often hear them boast about their holiday travels to exotic places or vacations on luxury cruise ships. Or even worse: ferry the kids 500 meters to school in the family SUV because it’s raining.

German new cars increasing in horsepower

And the same story is the same when it comes to purchasing new automobiles. Many Germans tell you that green, electric, low consumption cars are the way to go. Yet when it comes time to buy a new car, they’ll snap up a real fossil fuel guzzler.

This hypocritical behavior is once again confirmed by a recent article in Spiegel Online here, which reports that the trend to ever greater horsepower vehicles in Germany continues unabated.

Germans love SUVs

Spiegel reports: “According to a survey by the CAR Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the 3.61 million newly registered cars last year had an average of 158 hp under the hood – five hp more than a year earlier and the tenth increase in a row.”

This development, Spiegel reports, “was driven by the trends towards heavy SUVs and powerful plug-in hybrid drives. Newly registered SUVs had an average of 172 hp” and they “accounted for around 33 percent of all new car registrations in 2019.”

For hybrid cars, Spiegel writes the “average power even reached 194 hp”.

No end in sight for German horsepower love affair

What’s even more surprising is that green-conscious Germans aren’t about to end their love affair with powerful cars any time soon. Auto trend expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, who headed the CAR Institute study, “does not believe the trend towards more and more performance is reversing”, Spiegel reports.

“Only once in the past 25 years has the number of horsepower of new cars declined,” Dudenhöffer told German daily “Welt”.

8 responses to “German Love Affair With Powerful Cars Continues Unabated…Horsepower Of Registered New Cars Hit Record High”

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  2. Shoki Kaneda

    The German government loves to preach. German people (some) love the Autobahn.

  3. Hatter Eggburn

    I’m getting a new Skoda Kodiaq diesel in a few weeks, here in Belgium.
    It’s a company car, and probably the last fuel powered car we’ll ever have.

  4. Sean

    Germans will love Tesla. The model S, all 2.2 tons, goes 250 km/hr. In fact the Model S P100D has 588 HP and a “Ludicrous” mode. Even the Model 3 has 250 hp.

    1. bonbon

      Sure, Musk got the go-ahead to knock an ancient German forest for his Gigafactory gambit, right in VW’s backyard (according to Bloomberg).

      The eco crowd have not quite realized yet how they have been played, after trying to ban diesel.

      Radicals are so easy to play…..

      1. Hermar

        Ancient forest? Actually, it was an industrial forest for a paper factory. Besides, Tesla promised to plant 3 mixed forests which is commendable.

        Still, I don’t like Musk and his companies. His cars are subpar, insanely expensive and the batteries are dangerous for humans and the environment.

        Besides, Tesla might actually be a bubble:

  5. drumphish

    Today is a Minsky moment in the world markets world. Might want to see what happens, the price of the high horsepower vain mobile might drop some.

    A new Maybach is 173,000 USD,might get a better deal in a few months, hold off, invest in the new lows coming, then sell, then buy the Maybach.

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