2015 Germany: Total Number of Registered Cars

BMW Kombi in German Colors

On January 1, 2015, the total number of cars registered in Germany was 44,403,124 – 1.3% more than in 2014. VW, Opel and Mercedes were the top brands. In the annual survey of the total number of passenger vehicles registered for use on roads in Germany (Fahrzeugbestand), Dacia, Jeep and Hyundai saw double-digit increases in the number of cars registered, while MG Rover, … [Read more...]

2015 (January) Germany: Electric and Hybrid Car Sales

Volkswagen e-up! in Berlin

January 2015: Electric car sales in Germany continue to growth but new hybrid vehicle sales are flat with growth mostly in the plug-in car market. This trend is largely in line with the development plans of German carmakers – plug-in hybrids can offer electric driving but offers the versatility and long-distance capability of regular petrol and diesel cars. Electric and Hybrid … [Read more...]

2014 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Models

Volkswagen Golf at Geneva Auto Salon

In 2014, Germany’s top-selling car model was again the Volkswagen Golf followed by the VW Passat. The Polo took third place from the BMW 3 Series. Four of the top-ten most popular cars in Germany in 2014 were Volkswagens with a further two from the larger Volkswagen Group. The Skoda Octavia entered the top-ten list of the favorite cars of the Germans at the expense of the Opel … [Read more...]

2014 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Manufactures and Brands

Volkswagen Geneva Auto Salon

In 2014, Volkswagen, Mercedes and Audi remained the top-selling car marques in Germany. The German auto market grew by 2.9% to just over 3 million cars. Germany remains the largest single-country market in Europe but the slight growth followed on a very weak 2013. While VW and Mercedes Benz lost market share, Opel and Ford both had positive growth after a few difficult years. … [Read more...]

2014 (Full Year) Germany: Electric and Hybrid Car Sales Statistics

Volkswagen E Golf at Geneva Auto Salon 2014

In 2014, electric cars were sold for the first time in significant numbers in Germany. Sales of hybrid vehicles continue to grow with plug-ins increasingly popular. However, towards the end of the year, sales of electric cars were down compared to the previous year. In 2014, German car manufacturers finally brought electric mainstream cars to the market with models such as the … [Read more...]

2014 (Q3) Germany: Best-Selling Car Brands and Models

Smart Cars at the Geneva Auto Salon

2014 (January to September): Volkswagen remained the top-selling carmaker in Germany followed by Mercedes, Audi and BMW with the VW Golf the most popular car model. New passenger vehicle registrations in Germany increased by 3.2% during the first three quarters of 2014. Skoda and Renault were the most popular imported car marques. The German Car Market in 2014 (Q1-3) New … [Read more...]

2013 – Germany: Most Often Stolen Cars

Brown BMW X6

Volkswagen cars were the most often stolen in Germany in 2013, although owners of Land Rovers, Audi and BMW ran a much higher risk of being robbed. In 2013, 18,805 insured passenger vehicles were stolen – 0.5 out of every thousand insured cars. Large SUVs such as the BMW X6, Toyotas and Range Rovers remain firm favorites with car thieves in Germany while sporty BMW and Audi … [Read more...]

2014 (Half Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands

VW Polo at the Geneva Auto Salon 2014

The first semester of 2014 saw new passenger vehicle registrations in Germany increase by 2.4%. Volkswagen and Mercedes remained the top-selling marques.New car sales in Germany increased by 2.4% during the first six months of 2014. During the first semester of 2014, new passenger vehicle registrations in Germany increased in four of the six months although at a fairly … [Read more...]

2014 Germany: Most-Popular Historic Classic Cars

VW Beetles in Autostadt

The Volkswagen Beetle (Käfer) remains Germany’s favorite historic car while Mercedes is the top classic car brand for H plate “old-timer” registrations.At the beginning of 2014, the VW Beetle (Käfer / Sedan) was still easily the most common historic vehicle on German roads. The Beetle was followed by the Mercedes Benz W123 (E class), which had moved into second position … [Read more...]

2014 (Q1) Germany: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers

White VW XL1

Three months of higher car sales in Germany saw the first quarter of 2014 with an increase of 5.4% in new passenger vehicle registrations. Volkswagen remains the top-selling car brand with the VW Golf still Germany’s favorite car model.March 2014 was the third consecutive month of higher car sales in Germany leading to an increase of 5.6% in new vehicle registrations … [Read more...]

2014 Germany: Total Number of Electric Cars

Electric Smart at Geneva Auto Show

Only 12,156 electric passenger vehicles are registered for public road use in Germany at the beginning of 2014. The Smart is Germany's favorite electric car.Electric cars remain hugely unpopular with the German car buying public. Of the nearly 44 million cars registered in Germany, only 12,000 are electric. Only a quarter of electric cars are privately owned. The most … [Read more...]

2014 Germany: Total Number of Registered Cars on German Roads


Volkswagen, Opel and Mercedes Benz remain the most common car brands registered in Germany. The total number of cars in Germany increased by 1% in 2014.On January 1, 2014, the number of registered vehicles (Fahrzeugbestand) in Germany increased to a record 61.5 million vehicles. The number of passenger vehicles (Personenkraftwagen / PKW) in Germany increased by a … [Read more...]

2013 Germany: Favorite Car Colors

White VW Hybrid Jetta

Black, grey (or silver) and white remained the favorite car colors for new passenger vehicles registered in Germany in 2013.Germany’s favorite car colors remained unchanged in 2013 as black, grey (including silver) and white. While both black and silver are loosing in popularity, white is again an increasingly popular color choice for new cars ordered in Germany. Other … [Read more...]

2013 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Models

Blue Golf VII

In 2013, the Volkswagen Golf extended its lead as the top-selling car in Germany. The VW Passat and BMW 3 Series were also favorites of German car buyers.In 2013, the Volkswagen Golf maintained its traditional position as Germany’s favorite car. The VW Golf increased its lead with slightly positive sales in a contracting car market. The VW Passat was the second … [Read more...]

2013 (Full Year) China and Worldwide German Luxury Car Sales

VW PAssats parked

In 2013, German luxury carmakers had a record year with best sales ever in China and worldwide for Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.Car sales in the USA and China continued to expand in 2013, which was generally good news for German luxury car manufacturers Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen. All had their best years ever with all showing … [Read more...]

2013 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Brands and Manufacturers

VW XL1 Doors Open

Car sales in Germany contracted 4.2% in 2013 to fewer than three million vehicles. Volkswagen was the leading car brand followed by Mercedes, Audi and BMW.2013 saw new passenger vehicle registrations in Germany, Europe’s largest car market, down to 2,952,431 (-4.2%) cars to its second lowest level in more than two decades. Volkswagen easily maintained its position as … [Read more...]

2013 (Q3) Germany: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands

Four 2013 Volkswagen Cross Models

Top-selling car makes during the first nine months of 2013 in Germany remained Volkswagen, Mercedes, Audi and BMW.New passenger vehicle registrations in Germany continue to contract but at a slower pace during the third quarter of 2013. Total car sales in Germany for the period January to September 2013 declined by 6% compared to a year ago. Sales in Q3 in Germany were … [Read more...]

2012 – Germany: The Most Often Stolen Cars

BMW X6 in the Snow

Car theft declined in Germany in 2012 with auto thieves still preferring BMW, Audi and Porsche cars to Volkswagens and Mercedes Benz.Auto theft in Germany continued on a mostly downwards long-term trend. In 2012, 18,063 insured cars were stolen compared to 19,658 (-8%) a year ago. The risk of a car being stolen in Germany was 0.5 per 1,000 insured cars. In absolute … [Read more...]

2012 Germany: Most Popular Oldtimer Classic Cars

Mercdes W123 Car Range

The Volkswagen Beetle is Germany’s favorite Oldtimer historic vehicle while Mercedes dominates the list of favorite classic cars.Germany’s favorite historic Oldtimer classic car is the Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle) while six of the top-ten most popular historic vehicles were Mercedes Benz cars. Oldtimer cars in Germany can receive a H-number plate, which bring some tax and … [Read more...]