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Germany: 1946-2013 More detailed Historical Data now available!

VW Beetle

* The direct links to 41 Historical Posts covering 1946-2013 are below! Many thanks to Florian *

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.

I have now uploaded detailed Historical Data for Germany running from 1946 to 2012. From 1979 onwards there is a Top 100 models ranking - yes that's 33 years up to today! And from 2005 to 2010 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... Plus I don't think 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.


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.


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...


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

    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! :)

  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!

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


  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!

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