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Germany 2001: #2 not an Opel for the first time in 18 years!

Mercedes C Class

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

The German car market slows down its decline this year at -1% and 3,341,718 registrations. No surprise at #1: the VW Golf holds on tight to its title of Germany’s best-selling car at 272,737 sales and 8.2% share, down 9%.

Big event in 2nd place: since 1983 it had always been reserved to Opel’s Golf-fighter: first the Kadett, then the Astra. Not so anymore: this year the Mercedes C Class is #2 thanks to sales up 36% 156,872 units and 4.7% share… This would remain the nameplate’s highest volume ever. The BMW 3 Series is stable at #3 with 147,265 units, also passing the Opel Astra, down to #4 at 144,183 sales and already threatened by the VW Passat, up 36% to 139,203 units.

Audi A2

The Peugeot 206 is the best-selling import for the very first time at #16 with 50,413 sales and 1.5%, it even ranks #9 in December with 5,045 units changing hands, only the second foreign model in the last 10 years with the Renault 19 to break into the monthly German Top 10. The Fiat Punto (#19) and Renault Twingo (#22) follow. Notice the Skoda Fabia up 23 spots to #24 at 39,128 units and the Audi A2 up to #32 with 26,434 sales and 0.8%, the best year-end position it would ever reach in Germany.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

Germany Full Year 2001:

PosModel2001%/002000
1VW Golf272,7378.2%-9%1
2Mercedes C-Klasse156,8724.7%36%4
3BMW 3er147,2654.4%0%3
4Opel Astra144,1834.3%-9%2
5VW Passat139,2034.2%36%5
6Audi A4108,7133.3%39%11
7Opel Corsa102,5093.1%10%8
8Ford Focus102,1063.1%3%6
9Mercedes A-Klasse87,7422.6%-7%7
10VW Polo80,6392.4%-6%10
11Mercedes E-Klasse69,1422.1%-21%9
12Ford Mondeo65,6422.0%114%29
13BMW 5er58,0821.7%-13%12
14Opel Zafira54,5901.6%-3%15
15Audi A652,6581.6%-19%13
16Peugeot 20650,4131.5%5%19
17Audi A348,4971.5%-8%16
18Opel Vectra47,1711.4%-18%14
19Fiat Punto46,5541.4%-7%17
20MCC Smart46,3251.4%-4%20
21VW Lupo44,0201.3%-11%18
22Renault Twingo42,1021.3%-7%21
23Ford Fiesta41,2791.2%4%23
24Skoda Fabia39,1281.2%112%48
25Renault Scenic38,4121.1%-10%22
26Renault Clio35,9011.1%15%28
27Skoda Octavia35,6681.1%-9%24
28VW Bus33,7451.0%-9%25
29Renault Laguna29,6360.9%58%47
30VW Sharan28,8890.9%17%32
31Ford Ka27,9120.8%-12%27
32Audi A226,4340.8%163%66
33Renault Megane25,4800.8%-23%26
34Opel Agila22,9280.7%141%70
35Ford Galaxy21,0980.6%18%50
36VW Bora20,4810.6%-23%31
37Mazda 32320,0220.6%-1%42
38Toyota Yaris19,9310.6%5%46
39Toyota Avensis19,3000.6%5%49
40Seat Toledo/Leon19,0680.6%-12%34
41Opel Omega18,6720.6%-24%33
42Mercedes S/CL-Klasse18,3470.5%-14%36
43Toyota Corolla18,1240.5%-11%39
44Nissan Micra17,5740.5%9%54
45Renault Kangoo17,3260.5%-10%44
46Mercedes M-Klasse16,8010.5%14%55
47Mercedes CLK16,4910.5%-44%30
48Honda Civic16,2410.5%23%60
49Volvo S40/V4016,1590.5%0%53
50Fiat Seicento16,0550.5%19%59
51Nissan Almera15,8350.5%-22%41
52Mercedes SLK15,7500.5%-25%37
53Nissan Primera15,2440.5%-25%43
54Seat Ibiza/Cordoba15,1420.5%-29%35
55Citroen Berlingo15,0150.4%6%56
56Volvo V7012,9130.4%-23%51
57Mazda 62612,5220.4%-40%38
58Mazda Premacy12,1850.4%-10%58
59Peugeot 10612,0560.4%35%75
60Alfa Romeo 15611,9790.4%-1%62
61Mercedes V-Klasse / Vito11,5620.3%-16%57
62Mitsubishi Space Star11,5080.3%7%65
63Peugeot 40611,4230.3%-40%45
64Citroen Xsara Picasso11,3280.3%33%76
65Toyota RAV410,9800.3%67%87
66Citroen Saxo10,4890.3%16%74
67Audi TT10,2460.3%-50%40
68Alfa Romeo 14710,2050.3%new271
69Nissan Almera Tino10,0090.3%97%100
70Renault Espace9,8340.3%-11%64
71Peugeot 3079,5160.3%new
72VW New Beetle9,3010.3%-27%61
73BMW X59,2390.3%117%113
74Peugeot 3068,4990.3%-48%52
75Citroen Xsara8,4840.3%-11%69
76Fiat Bravo/Brava8,1880.2%-12%73
77Citroen C57,8320.2%new
78BMW Z37,7080.2%-18%72
79Ford Transit7,5460.2%47%98
80Seat Arosa7,4060.2%-35%63
81Porsche 9117,1950.2%4%83
82BMW 7er7,0950.2%-12%78
83Mazda Demio6,9490.2%-26%71
84Mazda MX-56,8370.2%-19%77
85Chrysler PT Cruiser6,8210.2%94%121
86Seat Alhambra6,8060.2%15%91
87Volvo S606,7670.2%385%185
88Mercedes Sprinter6,5780.2%-14%79
89Chrysler Voyager6,5070.2%-2%86
90Mitsubishi Carisma6,2560.2%-35%68
91Mini6,1160.2%new
92Toyota Yaris Verso5,9590.2%-12%84
93Rover 755,9310.2%9%96
94Land Rover Freelander5,1540.2%-27%82
95Honda Accord4,9510.1%-34%80
96Audi A84,8960.1%-15%92
97Kia Rio4,7340.1%187%169
98Suzuki Ignis4,6500.1%2168%258
99Mitsubishi Pajero4,5030.1%-8%103
100Hyundai Galloper4,4170.1%10%116

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

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