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Germany: 1990-1999 Detailed Historical Data now available!

Opel Astra

* See each year's Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

Thanks to the amazing work of Florian from Germany, I can now share with you a Top 100 Models Ranking Table for Germany for each year from 1990 to 1999!

The decade started with the 1991 reunification and a new record for German car sales at 4.2 million units, still unbeaten to this day. 1991 also marked the launch of the VW Golf third generation which would bring the nameplate to an all-time volume record in 1992 at 414,132 units, beating its own 378,856 sales record from 1987 and the Beetle's 348,929 units from 1961.

While in 1991 the Opel Kadett nameplate hit its highest volume ever at 261,308 sales for its last year of activity, its replacement the Opel Astra went nuts in 1992 and sold 300,804 units, the highest volume ever achieved in Germany by a new nameplate for its first full year... The Beetle took 13 years to reach that annual figure and the Golf took 11!

BMW 3 Series

But wait there's more records. In 1991 the VW Passat passed the 200,000 annual sales mark for the first time and therefore became the 6th nameplate to do so in Germany since the invention of the automobile. In 1991 also the Renault 19 sold 97,262 units, the highest annual volume ever reached by a foreign model in Germany and a record that would last up to 2009 and the scrappage scheme-boosted Skoda Fabia sales.

Other events that happened in the nineties include the first appearance of a BMW model on the German podium since the Isetta in the fifties: the 3 Series is #3 in 1993, 1995 and 1999, peaking at 148,257 sales in 1992. The progression of the new generation Opel Corsa to a best-ever 157,421 units in 1996, same for the VW Polo to 145,117 sales that year, and still robust: the Opel Vectra, Audi 80 then A4, Mercedes C Class, and many more...

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  1. November 28th, 2011 at 21:47 | #1

    Hi, you have done a great work, well done. The numbers were very interesting and it is good to see the Volkswagen Golf was doing good. I still like the BMW cars they look good and they are good on the road as well. Anyway, I like your blog and thank for sharing this amazing information with everyone.

  2. tuga
    November 26th, 2011 at 00:37 | #2

    On a completely unrelated note, Matt i’ve been trying to send you numbers for Portugal for a couple of days and they don’t seem to show up in comments. Is it an actual problem or have i been annoying you endlessly with my attempts? :)

    • matgasnier
      November 26th, 2011 at 12:34 | #3

      Hey Tuga,
      Your comments somehow were selected as spam by the blog software – not sure why… so I have retrieved them, thanks so much for posting! I will write 2 new Portuguese articles right away…
      Thanks again

  3. tuga
    November 26th, 2011 at 00:33 | #4

    Amazing numbers ( Passat at 200k+, Astra at 300k+ ), that are getting more and more difficult to achieve with the fragmentation of market segments.

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