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Germany 1971-1973: Last years of reign for the VW Beetle, Opel #1

VW Beetle

* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 20 best-selling models, many thanks to Florian for the data! *

The VW Beetle enjoys its last 3 years atop the German models ranking, making it 25 consecutive years. Over the period it slows down from 291,312 sales in 71 to 257,742 in 72 and 236,308 in 73. The Opel Kadett is #2 in 71 at 142,514 units but is passed by the Opel Rekord in 72 (177,280 sales) and 73 (151,202). Note Opel is the #1 brand in Germany in 1972 and 1973, the last time Volkswagen wouldn’t rule up to the present day. Brands ranking will be uploaded shortly.

Opel Rekord

The Mercedes ‘Strich 8’ lodges the brand’s best scores ever in the country, ranking #4 in 71 with 129,758 sales and up to #3 in 72 at 148,122 units and in 73 with 135,447 sales. Other great performers during the period are the Ford Taunus peaking at #5 and 123,658 units in 71, the Audi 80, litterally exploding onto the German car landscape, directly #4 in 73 with 125,607 sales, and the Opel Ascona up to #6 and 96,125 units in 73.

Audi 80

The Renault 4 continues to dominate the foreign models ranking all through the period but goes down from #8 in 71 to #11 in 73. Notice also the BMW “-02” up to #8 in 72, the Fiat 128 up to #12 that same year and the birth of the VW Passat nameplate, landing directly in 12th position in 73 with 37,761 sales.

Full 1971, 1972 and 1973 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

Germany 1971:

PosModel1971%1970%Pos
1VW Beetle291,31213.5%328,71515.6%1
2Opel Kadett142,5146.6%184,4028.8%2
3Opel Rekord131,5146.1%168,5108.0%3
4Mercedes “Strich 8”129,7586.0%
5Ford Taunus123,6585.7%25,1061.2%15
6Ford 17M / 20M / 26M92,7454.3%108,9815.2%5
7VW 160083,4193.9%152,5467.2%4
8Renault 467,0603.1%84,8904.0%6
9Opel Manta56,1602.6%16,3470.8%
10Fiat 12856,0002.6%37,5001.8%13
11BMW “-02”54,1362.5%46,0412.2%10
12Opel Ascona51,6712.4%2,3060.1%
13VW K 7046,6912.2%5,9620.3%
14Ford Capri45,4202.1%69,0393.3%7
15Ford Escort42,6772.0%40,0271.9%11
16Simca 100037,1331.7%
17VW Bus33,6771.6%
18Renault 629,0001.3%
19Fiat 85025,0001.2%
20Mercedes S-Klasse23,6571.1%
Simca 110022,5001.0%12,7750.6%
Citroen 2CV19,3600.9%17,7200.8%20
BMW 2500 – 3.3 / CS17,9750.8%21,4281.0%17
VW 41115,1190.7%22,2011.1%16
BMW 1800-200014,7900.7%18,9980.9%18
Fiat 12713,7850.6%
Fiat 50012,7870.6%
Opel Commodore10,5630.5%18,7390.9%19
Citroen GS8,7280.4%1070.0%
Opel Admiral / Diplomat6,4360.3%9,5150.5%
Citroen DS/ID5,2660.2%5,4800.3%
VW-Porsche 9144,6090.2%3,8200.2%
Opel GT3,7090.2%1,9810.1%
Porsche 9113,6050.2%
Skoda Limousine / Coupe3,5140.2%
Citroen Dyane3,4830.2%4,4700.2%
Hanomag-Henschel “Harburger”3,2500.2%2,8580.1%
VW Karmann Ghia2,7980.1%3,4210.2%
Mercedes SL2,3360.1%
Citroen Ami 81,2170.1%3,1760.2%
VW Fridolin1,1070.1%7710.0%
Toyota Corolla6540.0%
Ford T55470.0%3770.0%
VW 1814730.0%1,0480.0%
Citroen SM4100.0%460.0%
Toyota Carina2250.0%
Autobianchi Panorama170.0%

Germany 1972:

PosModel19721971
1VW Beetle257,7421
2Opel Rekord177,2803
3Mercedes ‘Strich 8’148,1224
4Opel Kadett136,9922
5Ford Taunus90,4025
6Opel Ascona75,68411
7Audi 10070,236 –
8BMW “-02”66,22610
9VW 160065,5857
10Renault 462,6268
11Ford Consul58,165 –
12Fiat 12850,209 –
13Ford Escort40,39814
14Opel Manta38,7349
15Fiat 12734,34821
16Audi 60/75/Super 9032,159 –
17Ford Capri30,45913
18VW K7030,16012
19Renault 1628,554 –
20Ford Granada27,577 –
Ford 17M/20M/26M24,8826
Fiat 12423,462
Renault 622,482
Renault 1221,575
Audi 8021,237
BMW 2500 / 3.320,18718
Citroen 2CV19,88917
VW 41118,63919
Opel Commodore17,203
Citroen GS16,308
Mercedes S-Klasse14,10116
Fiat 50012,276
Volvo 14011,503
Fiat 12510,978
BMW 5er6,971
Fiat 8506,639
Renault 55,973
Opel Admiral/Diplomat5,767
Citroen DS/ID5,510
Mercedes SL4,802
VW-Porsche 9144,602
Opel GT4,066
Skoda Limousine / Coupe3,979
Porsche 9113,957
Citroen Dyane2,762
Hanomag-Henschel F-Serie2,466
Polski Fiat 125p2,412
Renault 152,390
BMW 1800/20002,38420
VW Karmann Ghia2,123
Fiat 1321,890
Renault 171,883
Volvo 1601,223
Citroen Ami 81,170
Mercedes SLC1,104
Datsun 1200915
Fiat 130674
Citroen SM292
Datsun Bluebird254
Steyr-Puch 500149
Datsun Cherry85
Datsun 240 Z20

Germany 1973:

PosModel19731972
1VW Beetle236,3081
2Opel Rekord151,2022
3Mercedes ‘Strich 8’135,4473
4Audi 80125,607n/a
5Opel Kadett123,4044
6Opel Ascona96,1256
7Ford Taunus90,0645
8Audi 10063,0467
9Ford Consul58,25611
10BMW “-02”51,2878
11Renault 448,97210
12VW Passat37,761n/a
13Fiat 12837,50212
14Ford Escort35,61913
15Mercedes S-Klasse32,299n/a
16VW K7028,23318
17Opel Manta26,55014
18VW 160026,0369
19Renault 525,777n/a
20Fiat 12725,56915
21BMW 5er23,609n/a
22Ford Capri22,43917
23Renault 1622,13919
24Citroen 2CV19,964n/a
25VW 411/41218,389n/a
Renault 1217,635
Renault 616,115
BMW 2500 / 3.315,563
Ford Granada15,28920
Opel Commodore15,131
Citroen GS13,799
Fiat 12412,828
Fiat 12610,776
Volvo 1409,997
Fiat 1329,162
Fiat 5005,938
Citroen DS/ID5,549
Opel Admiral/Diplomat5,178
Renault 174,971
Renault 154,946
Mercedes SL/SLC4,783
VW-Porsche 9144,429
Datsun 12004,123
Skoda Limousine / Coupe3,950
Porsche 9113,655
Datsun Cherry3,559
Fiat 8502,951
Opel GT2,786
Chrysler Sunbeam2,720
Citroen Dyane2,706
Polski Fiat 125p1,893
Datsun Bluebird1,603
Citroen Ami 81,387
VW Karmann Ghia1,338
Fiat 1251,314
Hanomag-Henschel F-Serie1,112
Volvo 160989
Fiat 130420
Citroen SM143
Datsun 240 Z126
Renault Alpine85

Source: Manufacturers, many thanks to Florian for sharing the data!

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