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West Germany 1975: VW Golf takes the lead

VW Golf

* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 100 best-selling models! – thanks to DC & Florian for the data *

The German car market is booming in 1975 at +27% and 2,106,048 registrations. 1975 is the start of a very long reign: that of the VW Golf. For its first full year of sales the Golf is already the best-selling model in the country at 166,869 units and 7.9% share, just above the Mercedes ‘Strich 8’ at 159,530 sales and 7.6%.

Mercedes Strich 8

The Opel Kadett rounds up the podium at 131,618 units and 6.2%, followed by the VW Passat down 2 spots and 10% to 119,668 sales and the Opel Rekord back in shape at +26% and 111,246 units. Then we see 4 models in massive progression over 1974: the Opel Ascona at +59%, the Ford Taunus at +43%, the Ford Escort at +220% and the Ford Granada at +719%! There’s also the Audi 50 at #11 and +486% and the BMW 5 Series at #13 and +58%…

Opel Rekord

1975 is also the year the VW Polo was launched and it lands directly at #16 with 42,338 sales and 2% share, while the VW Beetle is down 64% to #15 and 43,405 units. The BMW 3 Series was also born this year at #28. The Renault 4 is the best-selling foreign model again but drops to #17 with 38,207 sales, ahead of the Fiat 127 at #19, the Renault 5 at #20, the Peugeot 504 at #22 and the Fiat 131 at #24.

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Full Year 1975 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

Germany 1975:

PosModel1975%/741974
1VW Golf166,8697.9%134%7
2Mercedes ‘Strich 8’159,5307.6%14%1
3Opel Kadett131,6186.2%3%3
4VW Passat119,6685.7%-10%2
5Opel Rekord111,2465.3%26%5
6Opel Ascona96,9274.6%59%9
7Ford Taunus95,0684.5%43%8
8Ford Escort90,4714.3%220%16
9Ford Granada60,9152.9%719%41
10Audi 8060,2942.9%-22%6
11Audi 5056,4562.7%486%35
12BMW “-02”50,0662.4%11%10
13BMW 5er45,9772.2%58%15
14Audi 10045,6532.2%5%12
15VW Beetle43,4052.1%-64%4
16VW Polo42,3382.0%new –
17Renault 438,2071.8%-14%11
18Opel Manta27,2301.3%125%31
19Fiat 12727,1301.3%22%21
20Renault 527,0891.3%0%18
21Mercedes S-Klasse26,9371.3%-1%17
22Peugeot 50426,3521.3%46%23
23VW Scirocco25,9071.2%53%25
24Fiat 13123,3531.1%new –
25Fiat 12822,7591.1%-11%19
26Citroen GS21,8451.0%72%29
27Alfa Romeo Alfasud21,6901.0%73%30
28BMW 3er21,1591.0%new –
29Simca 110020,6111.0%-9%20
30Ford Capri20,2291.0%-31%14
31Renault 1619,8390.9%22%26
32Citroen 2CV15,4150.7%-29%22
33Fiat 13214,5150.7%23%32
34Renault 1214,2350.7%4%28
35Simca 1307/130813,9010.7%new –
36Fiat 12613,6240.6%-24%24
37Renault 612,7180.6%-8%27
38Opel Commodore9,9000.5%73%46
39BMW 2500 / 3.39,7120.5%6%37
40Volvo 2409,1730.4%2968%97
41Lada “Schiguli”9,1210.4%541%68
42Simca 10008,7590.4%-14%34
43Simca 15018,2460.4%15%43
44Citroen CX7,3940.4%new –
45DAF 667,3080.3%-12%39
46Citroen Dyane7,2750.3%136%54
47Ford Consul7,0090.3%-79%13
48Austin Mini6,7630.3%142%55
49Peugeot 1046,3530.3%-32%36
50Peugeot 2046,2240.3%-11%44
51Peugeot 3045,6700.3%-21%42
52Datsun Cherry5,3560.3%11%49
53Leyland-Innocenti Mini5,1070.2%18%51
54Alfa Romeo Alfetta4,9690.2%135%60
55Toyota Corolla4,9640.2%79%56
56Autobianchi A1124,8320.2%-6%48
57Datsun 120 Y4,6680.2%4763%108
58Mercedes Hanomag Henschel4,4900.2%3521%105
59Alfa Romeo Giulia4,1190.2%new –
60Chrysler 1609/1610/2L3,8110.2%new –
61Seat 8503,3210.2%73%62
62Fiat/Seat 1333,2980.2%new –
63Austin Allegro2,9210.1%665%92
64Porsche 9112,9020.1%37%59
65Renault 152,8280.1%3%57
66Toyota 10002,7050.1%1071%99
67Opel Admiral/Diplomat2,5750.1%57%66
68Skoda 100 Limousine2,4930.1%55%67
69Toyota Celica2,3190.1%70%69
70DAF 442,2350.1%-29%53
71Chrysler 2L2,1080.1%10%63
72Mercedes SLC2,0750.1%56%71
73Fiat 1242,0390.1%-76%38
74Honda Civic1,7160.1%146%82
75Volvo 2601,6770.1%new –
76Renault 301,6540.1%new –
77Citroen DS/ID1,6000.1%-53%52
78Alfa Romeo GT/GTV1,4870.1%new –
79Zastava Z-1011,4390.1%314%94
80Renault 171,4370.1%-25%64
81Toyota Carina1,4310.1%68%78
82NSU Ro 801,3720.1%29%76
83Datsun Bluebird1,3610.1%2%70
84Fiat X 1/91,3350.1%-32%61
85Saab 991,2790.1%new –
86Matra Bagheera1,2530.1%-33%65
87VW K701,2460.1%-88%33
88Mercedes SL1,2320.1%79%83
89Peugeot 6041,1630.1%new –
90BMW CS1,1370.1%new –
91Volvo 661,1240.1%new –
92Chrysler 1801,0110.0%-23%72
93Polski Fiat 125p9840.0%28%80
94Datsun Violet8790.0%151%93
95Jaguar XJ7710.0%1576%111
96Skoda 110 Limousine7680.0%41%85
97Toyota Mark II7500.0%41%86
98Chrysler Sunbeam7370.0%-35%74
99Datsun 160 J7230.0%new –
100Chrysler 1606820.0%-15%79

Source: Manufacturers, DC from www.autoweek.nl and Florian

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