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We continue to slice up the worldwide models ranking by nationality, and this time let’s look at German models. Now I have faced a little bit or a conundrum here as Opel is a German brand but 100% owned by General Motors, so arguably all Opel models should sit in the US ranking. I’ve chosen to meet halfway, and the Opel models with over 50% of their sales under the Opel brand and ranked here (Corsa, Meriva, Zafira). The ones with over 50% under the Chevrolet brand will appear in the US ranking (Astra, Insignia).
With this cleared up, it’s no surprise to see the ranking dominated by Volkswagen but it is a surprise to see the Passat in the top spot (and #7 overall) with 782,694 sales, ahead of the Golf at 750,466, the Polo at 733,678, the Jetta/Bora/Clasico/Sagitar at 552,937 and the Gol at 482,594.
The first non-VW is the Opel/Chevrolet Corsa at #6 and #29 overall with 455,385 units, followed by the BMW 3 Series at #8 and #36 with 406,752 sales and the Mercedes C-Class at #9 and #46 with 346,204 units. Notice also the BMW 5 Series at #10, Audi A4 at #11, Audi A6 at #12, Mercedes E-Class at #14, VW Lavida at #15 even though it is only sold in China, BMW 1 Series at #16, and Audi Q5 at #19.
Further down, the BMW X3 ranks #25 German model worldwide just above its little brother the BMW X1 at #26, while the VW CC takes the 32nd spot, the Mercedes GLK is #34, the Mercedes ML-Class #36, BMW X5 #40, Porsche Cayenne #42, BMW 7 Series #45, Mercedes S-Class #46 and Audi Q7 #50.
Full Year 2012 Top 50 German models Ranking Table below.