Germany: Nameplates’ Records now available!

The VW Golf sold 414,132 units in Germany in 1992 – a record year.

* Click on the title for the Top 30 best-selling nameplates & Top 25 foreign nameplates! *

* Many thanks to Florian for making this post possible! *

We now have detailed data for Germany from 1946 onwards, with the 2000-2006 Annual Top 100 Rankings to be uploaded shortly. With all that data available I can share with you the best-selling nameplates in Germany, ranked based on their record year in volume.

You will see that only 28 nameplates managed to sell upwards of 100,000 units in a single year, among them only one foreign model, the Skoda Fabia. Only 3 nameplates delivered at least one year above 300,000 sales: the VW Golf, Beetle and Opel Astra, and only 6 were above 200,000: adding the Opel Kadett, VW Passat and Mercedes W123.

The VW Beetle’s record year was 1961 with 348,929 sales

Among foreign models, the Renault 19 is #2 with a record 97,262 units in 1991 but it never managed to break into the year-end German Top 10, peaking at #11. The legendary Renault 4 is #3 and was the best-selling import in Germany for a whopping 14 consecutive years between 1967 and 1980, peaking at 84,900 sales in 1970 for an estimated 5th place overall that year. There are 4 more Renaults in the Top 20.

The Renault 4 was the best-selling import in Germany without interruption from 1967 to 1980 

Peugeot is also very well represented with the 206 holding the record for the brand’s highest single model annual sales volume at 63,426 units in 2003 (#12), ahead of the 205 (61,220 in 91) and 207 (58,222 in 09). Fiat’s highest seller is the Punto with 60,197 units in 1995. The Toyota Corolla leads all Japanese models with a high of 52,870 in 1991, followed by the Mazda 323 and 626.

Top 30 best-selling nameplates and Top 25 best-selling foreign nameplates below.

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