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Germany April 2012: BMW 3 Series at highest in 4 years UPDATED

BMW 3 Series

* NOW UPDATED AGAIN with the Top 308 best-selling models! Click on title to see *

Car sales in Germany are up a solid 3% year-on-year in April at 274,066 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,047,702 units, up 2% on 2011. No surprise in pole position: the VW Golf dominates as usual with 22,457 sales and 8.2% share, however there is a nice surprise for BMW in 2nd place: boosted by the new generation launched late last year and now widespread in dealerships around the country, the Series 3 sells 7,907 units for an excellent 2.9% share, its first time at #2 since December 2008! It is also the first time since June 2011 that Volkswagen doesn't place a model in both #1 and #2 in Germany.

2012 Audi A3

The 3 Series' formidable month means the Passat and Polo are kicked down to #3 and #4 respectively, while the Opel Astra and Mercedes C-Class resist at #5 and #6. Very strong month for the Audi A3 up 14 spots on March to #7, its highest ranking since December 2010, and for the Audi A6/A7 back up inside the Top 10 for the third time this year at #8. At #9, the VW Tiguan maintains itself in the Top 10 for the 4th consecutive month whereas it had only managed to break into it twice before in the nameplate's 4 years life - in January and February 2011!

Audi Q3

Robust showings for the Mercedes B-Class up to #12, the VW Up! equalling its best-ever ranking at #22, the Audi Q3 reaching a best-ever #35 and the Fiat Panda up 23 spots on March thanks to the new generation. It's a very chauvinistic month for German car sales: if we consider Skoda and Seat 'German' (I know this is controversial, but bear with me), there is only 4 'true' foreign models in the Top 40: the Fiat Ducato at a very unusual #28, the Hyundai i30 at #31, the Renault Twingo at #36 and Megane at #39...

Infiniti FX

Further down, notice the Peugeot 208 up 79 spots to #68, the Mazda CX-5 up 28 to #77, the VW Beetle up 30 to #122, the Seat Mii up 129 ranks to #148 and the Infiniti FX up 62 to #163.

Previous month: Germany March 2012: Polo above 10,000 units, BMW 1 Series #5

One year ago: Germany April 2011: VW Golf stronger

Full April 2012 Top 308 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Steam
    June 11th, 2012 at 22:10 | #1
  2. May 18th, 2012 at 17:18 | #2

    @Steam
    People in Portugal live for their cars!! Their cars are more important than their children or home, believe it or not. People are quite narrow minded and like to exibit cars to others… vanity is huge…

  3. Steam
    May 18th, 2012 at 03:34 | #3

    I have to apologize because I have sent the wrong link for E-class-sales.

    Please check the correct link for sales in April 2012 here:
    http://www.kfz-betrieb.vogel.de/fileserver/vogelonline/issues/kfz/sonst/2012/4001.pdf

  4. Steam
    May 18th, 2012 at 03:29 | #4

    JLKN :I miss the E-Cabriolet/Coupé in the list! The numbers given here are just for the sedan and the station wagon.

    Have a look into these official data from german Kraftfahrbundesamt. You find the sales of E-class coupé and cabriolet among Mercedes-sales.
    http://www.kfz-betrieb.vogel.de/fileserver/vogelonline/issues/kfz/sonst/2011/3698.pdf

  5. Steam
    May 18th, 2012 at 03:13 | #5

    Lucky hairdressers from Portugal. Obviously they still can afford expensive cars. In Germany usually hairdressers have cheaper cars so may be the second or fourth REICH will be in Portugal … ;)

  6. May 18th, 2012 at 00:43 | #6

    @tuga
    Each one has them points of views and we must respect them. Mercedes is regarded in Portugal a long time ago as a “nouveau rich car” and everybody ( portuguese people )knows that. Audi is pointed as new rich car and Bmw is more sportier mainly the Series 1, the most economical model and affordable from this marque. In the eighties, my father had a Mercedes 190E and an Audi 80S and even in that time these cars were typical ” nouveau riche cars”. My father was never a “noveau riche”, his fortune runned in the family and work, but he, himself considerated these cars mainly the Mercedes as a nouveau rich car. Mercedes, mainly the SL, CL, SLK, E Coupé, sls, cls are connected as nouveau rich. Footbal players, pimps singers, hairdressers… all have Mercedes, Bmw´s and Audis. I´m not saying theses marques are bad but they are certainly cars proper of “nouveau rich”.

  7. tuga
    May 17th, 2012 at 23:03 | #7

    As usual, Miguels views ( or as he likes to call them, facts, followed by several exclamation marks ) on Portuguese brands are his views alone. Lexus is mostly ignored by most Portuguese people ( not that many people even know what they are ), and Audi, BMW and Mercedes are all very well regarded ( probably too well ), with MB being seen as an ” older ” brand ( like in most countries ).

    And no, i’m not nouveau riche and will not, in fact, welcome our supposed new second reich overlords. ( and come on… a second reich after the third one, now THAT would be interesting )

  8. Steam
    May 17th, 2012 at 22:37 | #8

    Miguel :The first 16 cars on the top are Germa build.

    VW Polo is produced in Spain. So this is the best selling import-car.

  9. Steam
    May 17th, 2012 at 22:20 | #9

    CX-5 is also best selling Mazda in Germany.

  10. Steam
    May 17th, 2012 at 22:18 | #10

    Hey, Mazda CX-5 is coming up (885 sales). It is already the best selling japanese SUV behind topseller Nissan Qahqai.

  11. Steam
    May 17th, 2012 at 22:09 | #11

    Miguel :@TheK Thek, in my country, Portugal, Mercedes is typical nouveau rich car! Everybody who gets some money and became rich, buys a Mercedes or Audi too.

    Or a BMW … :D

  12. Rick
    May 17th, 2012 at 20:22 | #12

    Monstermonth for the Infiniti FX!!

    At # 163, it outsold f.i. the DS5, Prius, XC90, BMW 7Series

  13. May 17th, 2012 at 18:40 | #13

    A pimp female singer called Agata and quite bad regarded ( laughs ) here in Portugal, drives a pink Mercedes Coupé E with spark mettalic blue stipes in the top and bonnet. A famous hairdresser called Isabel Queiroz do Vale, typical 100% nouveau rich, drives an Audi A5 Coupé and has a TT too both in orange… is simply horrible!

  14. May 17th, 2012 at 16:57 | #14

    @TheK
    … pimps, footbal players, new rich, hairdressers, drives Mercedes SL and SLK, Audis TT, A4, Bettles and Eos in my country. Pity do not have pictures with me to show you!

  15. TheK
    May 17th, 2012 at 11:17 | #15

    Miguel :
    Marques with expensive models with glamour and some class are Lexus, jaguar and Infinity.

    Foreign premium brands are often seen as “not really premium” (the Japanese) or as “cars driven by pimps” (Jaguar and Cadillac) by average people. If you ask car enthusiasts, things are more positive esp. for Jaguar (tradition and sports cars) and Lexus (hybrid technology).

  16. JLKN
    May 17th, 2012 at 03:29 | #16

    I miss the E-Cabriolet/Coupé in the list! The numbers given here are just for the sedan and the station wagon.

    • matgasnier
      May 17th, 2012 at 11:46 | #17

      Thanks for the pick-up JLKN, the ranking has now been updated with full sales of the E Class. KBA only publishes split data so I had to update it with full figures from Auto Bild.
      cheers
      Matt

  17. Tengil
    May 17th, 2012 at 01:20 | #18

    @Miguel
    … yes

    Miguel :@TheK Thek, in my country, Portugal, Mercedes is typical nouveau rich car! …… Marques with expensive models with glamour and some class are Lexus, jaguar and Infinity.

    .

    .. yes, contrary to … let’s say FORD ! :)

  18. May 17th, 2012 at 01:03 | #19

    @TheK
    Thek, in my country, Portugal, Mercedes is typical nouveau rich car! Everybody who gets some money and became rich, buys a Mercedes or Audi too. That´s why theses marques are not very well regarded here.
    Marques with expensive models with glamour and some class are Lexus, jaguar and Infinity.

  19. Steam
    May 15th, 2012 at 07:49 | #20

    Miguel :The first 16 cars on the top are Germa build. That´s why the German economical situation is better and better each day. Some day will have a second REICH!!

    At the moment the economical situation in Germany is quite positive, but can this go on,if this is based on credtis? If the clients cannot afford german products? May be asian and american markets absorb a lot of german exports in these days, but who knows the future? Basically the economical situation in one country depends on the situation in others.

    PS: Most Astras are built in Gliwice or Ellesmere Port as far as I know.

  20. TheK
    May 14th, 2012 at 23:02 | #21

    @Miguel
    Nop, the “nouveau rich” is Audi. Mercedes-Benz has very conservative customers. The company is known as having invented the car and for extreme good durability (30 years is no age for a “Daimler”).

    As it’s common to use cars to show your social stand in Germany, many people buy expensive looking cars with very few features – that’s why a BMW 5 series with manual transmission and a 180 hp diesel engine is a common setup. Many foreign companies still have a lot of trouble to adapt to this.

  21. May 14th, 2012 at 20:30 | #22

    @Pedro
    … I do like some German cars like Bmw, Porsche, Opel or Ford D… but VW or Audi are not my cup of tea… and mercedes is a typical NOUVEAU RICH car!

  22. May 14th, 2012 at 20:27 | #23

    The first 16 cars on the top are Germa build. That´s why the German economical situation is better and better each day. Some day will have a second REICH!!

  23. Steam
    May 13th, 2012 at 08:03 | #24
  24. Steam
  25. Steam
    May 13th, 2012 at 02:44 | #26

    jjj :Interesting is that there is only one not-German car in TOP30 in April (Fiat Ducato) (skoda is vw group brand). Similar situation is on Japanese market but there the top 30 is all japanese cars

    jjj :Interesting is that there is only one not-German car in TOP30 in April (Fiat Ducato) (skoda is vw group brand). Similar situation is on Japanese market but there the top 30 is all japanese cars

    By this logic Ford- and Opel-models are import-cars because the brands are owned by american companys. So there are six more import-models in the top-30: Astra, Corsa, Zafira, Fiesta, Focus and C-Max. ;)

  26. Pedro
    May 12th, 2012 at 23:12 | #27

    LadyBoy :
    what an boring carmarket..

    If you like german cars (like me) it’s not boring at all :-)

  27. Pedro
    May 12th, 2012 at 23:09 | #28

    @TheK

    Actually they don’t. BMW’s market-share in 2011 (jan – dec) was 8,1 %. in the first 4 months of 2012 it dropped to 7,7 % (bmw-brand only, without mini).

  28. TheK
    May 12th, 2012 at 19:06 | #29

    @jjj
    That’s normal in German market – even though the Hyundai i30 is normally solid in the top 30, but they had a hole in April, as the new generation just starts.

  29. TheK
    May 12th, 2012 at 19:04 | #30

    Looks like BMW gains a lot of market share with their new small models (3 and 1 series).

  30. jjj
    May 12th, 2012 at 18:49 | #31

    Interesting is that there is only one not-German car in TOP30 in April (Fiat Ducato) (skoda is vw group brand). Similar situation is on Japanese market but there the top 30 is all japanese cars

  31. LadyBoy
    May 12th, 2012 at 01:51 | #32

    what an boring carmarket..

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