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

VW Golf

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks Florian for the data *

In 2000 the German car market is down 11% at 3,378,886 registrations. The VW Golf celebrates 20 consecutive years in pole position but is down 4% to 300,579 sales and 8.9% share. For the first time the Golf now sells nearly double the amount of the #2, the Opel Astra, in difficulty at 157,936 units and 4.7% this year, down 31% year-on-year. The BMW 3 Series is only 0.3% and 10,000 units below at 147,613 sales and 4.4% share…

BMW 3 Series

The Mercedes C Class, helped by its recent renewal, is up 6 spots to #4 with 115,761 units and 3.4%, above the VW Passat at 102,659 sales and 3%. These are the only 5 models able to sell more than 100,000 units in Germany this year, down from 12 in 1996. There is only one new entrant in the Top 15: the Opel Zafira at #15 with 56,331 sales and 1.7%, up 46% on 1999.

Opel Zafira

For the first time in 5 years, the best-selling import is not a Renault: it is the Fiat Punto at #17 with 1.5%, followed by the Peugeot 206 (#19), Renault Twingo (#21), Renault Scenic (#22) and Skoda Octavia (#24). Notice the MCC smart breaking into the Top 20 for the first time at #20 with 48,032 sales and 1.4%, and the Mercedes CLK breaking into the Top 30 at #30 and 29,390 units.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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