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Germany: 1946-2014 More detailed Historical Data now available!

VW Beetle

The direct links to 43 Historical Posts covering 1946-2014 are below.

UPDATE 1: 2010 and 2011 rankings now feature Golf/Golf Plus/Jetta and Mini/Countryman splits.

UPDATE 2: There is now more data available between 1966 and 1971.

Historical Data for Germany running from 1946 to 2014 is now available. From 1979 onwards there is a Top 100 models ranking - yes that's 36 years up to today! And from 2005 to 2013 you can now see the split sales of the VW Golf and Golf Plus, a very rare piece of info you won't find anywhere else... You will find more detailed German data on any other website! This is the result of 3 full months of work and the generosity of Florian.

The West German market was dominated by the VW Beetle from 1946 to 1973, passing the 100,000 annual units for the first time in 1954, the 200,000 in 1959 and hitting its best-ever volume in 1961 at 348,929 units sold for a record 31.9% market share that year.

Mercedes W123

In 1974, the Mercedes Strich 8 took advantage of a wobbly passing of relay between the VW Beetle and Golf to finish the year in pole position with 140,127 sales. Then from 1975 to 1979 the new VW Golf established its leadership, peaking at 257,673 units in 1979, before Mercedes hit again in 1980, placing the W123 atop the German ranking with 202,253 sales.

VW Golf III

Since 1981, six generations of VW Golf have dominated the German models ranking. The second and third generation have been the most successful, with the Golf II peaking at 378,856 sales in 1987 and the Golf III establishing an all-time record of 414,132 units sold in a single year, 1992. The fifth gen was the weakest, dropping to 148,879 sales and 4.3% share in 2006.

Trabant

There is much less info available for East Germany, only that the legendary Trabant and Wartburg dominated the roads for the good part of the 41 years of existence of the country.

Opel Rekord

Witness also the success of the Opel Rekord, the 2nd car to pass the 100,000 annual sales mark in Germany in 1959, the Opel Kadett, launched in 1962 and peaking at 261,308 sales for its very last year of existence in 1991, the VW Passat, the only other VW to pass the 200,000 annual sales mark (in 1991), Ford 17M, Audi 80, Opel Astra, the only nameplate to go beyond 300,000 sales in Germany for its first year in 1992, the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C Class, Audi A4 and many more...

Wartburg

Germany Historical Data 1946-2014:

East Germany:

East Germany 1958-1990: Trabant and Wartburg omnipresent

West Germany:

Germany 1946-1949: Volkswagen brings the car to the people

Germany 1950: VW Beetle, Bus and Fiat Topolino on top

Germany 1951-1954: VW Beetle first model over 100,000 sales

Germany 1955-1957: VW Beetle and BMW Isetta popular

Germany 1958-1961: VW Beetle and Opel Rekord dominate

Germany 1962-1963: VW Beetle and Opel Rekord on top, Opel Kadett lands

Germany 1964-1966: VW 1500 and Ford 17/20M shine

Germany 1967-1970: VW Beetle and Opel Kadett on top

Germany 1971-1973: Last years of reign for the VW Beetle

Germany 1974: Mercedes ‘Strich 8′ surprise best-seller

Germany 1975: VW Golf takes the lead

Germany 1976-1979: VW Golf establishes leadership

Germany 1980: Mercedes W123 passes VW Golf!

Germany 1981-1983: VW Golf reclaims top spot

Germany 1984-1987: New gen takes VW Golf sales to record levels

Germany 1988: VW Golf and Opel Kadett sovereign

Germany 1989: VW Golf leads, VW Passat on podium

West Germany 1990: VW Golf and Opel Kadett dominate, Opel Vectra up

Germany:

Germany 1991: East and West reunite, VW Golf and Opel Kadett lead

Germany 1992: VW Golf III and Opel Astra gear up

Germany 1993: BMW 3 Series on the podium for the first time

Germany 1994: VW Golf leads, Mercedes C Class shines

Germany 1995: VW Golf #1, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 strong

Germany 1996: VW Golf leads, Opel Corsa and VW Polo up

Germany 1997: Last year of VW Golf III reign, VW Passat up to #4

Germany 1998: VW Golf #1 for 18th consecutive year

Germany 1999: Ford Focus and Mercedes A Class arrive

Germany 2000: BMW 3 Series threatens Opel Astra for #2

Germany 2001: #2 not an Opel for the first time in 15 years!

Germany 2002: BMW 3 Series #2 for the first time

Germany 2003: VW Golf feels the heat

Germany 2004: VW Golf V leads, Opel Astra back to #2

Germany 2005: VW Golf and Opel Astra on top, new gen VW Passat arrives

Germany 2006: VW Golf cannibalised by Golf Plus version

Germany 2007: New Mercedes C Class and Opel Corsa up

Germany 2008: Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class on podium

Germany 2009: Scrappage scheme sends models ranking wild

Germany 2010: VW Golf #1 ahead of VW Polo and Opel Astra

Germany 2011: VW Golf, Passat and Polo on podium

Germany 2012: VW Golf leads, Mercedes B-Class and VW Tiguan break records

Germany 2013: VW Golf marks 38 years at #1, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia reach new heights

Germany 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot, Audi A3 shines

Germany Private Sales 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #4

Source: VDA, KBA, Auto Bild, Manufacturers. Many thanks to Florian for sharing the data.

Categories: Germany
  1. Alexmix
    August 30th, 2012 at 02:59 | #1

    Hallo!
    page Germany 1981-1983: VW Golf reclaims top spot – Welcome to 404 error page!

    • matgasnier
      August 30th, 2012 at 08:29 | #2

      Hi Alex, thank you for picking this up – corrected now! :)
      cheers
      Matt

  2. Jonathan
    December 19th, 2011 at 12:17 | #3

    You guys are doing an amazing job. Two thumbs up!!!!

    • matgasnier
      December 19th, 2011 at 15:11 | #4

      Thanks Jonathan! Glad you like it!
      cheers
      Matt

  3. Afshin
    December 19th, 2011 at 02:09 | #5

    Thanks

  4. June 21st, 2011 at 07:21 | #6

    More information about Trabant and pictures of this interesting car are available at our website: http://www.etrabant.com.

    Thank you for this article.

    • matgasnier
      June 23rd, 2011 at 19:04 | #7

      Great! Thanks for the link!
      cheers
      Matt

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