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2011 Full Year Top-Selling Car Brands and Manufacturers in Germany

by Henk Bekker

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In 2011, Volkswagen remained the best-selling car maker in Germany while BMW-Mini took the second position for the first time ever. New passenger car registration in Germany increased by 9% in 2011.

Volkswagen Phaeton Factory in Dresden, Germany
© Volkswagen Media Services

Volkswagen easily remained Germany’s best-selling car brand in 2011. In an expanding auto market, VW managed to increase its market share to 21.6% (from 20% in 2010). BMW-Mini was the second strongest car manufacturer in Germany for the first time ever. Mercedes Benz slipped from second to third followed by Opel, Audi, Ford, Renault, and Skoda.

The German car market grew by 8.8% during 2011 to reach 3,173,634 new passenger vehicle registrations. The total motor vehicle market in Germany came to 3,697,290 vehicles, up 9.9% from 2010.

Top 30 Best-Selling Car Brands in Germany in 2011 (Full Year)

Car sales statistics released on January 3, 2012 by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt list the top-selling automobile manufacturers in Germany in 2011 as follows:

Position

Manufacturer

Cars Sold in 2011

% Increase over 2010

1

Volkswagen

686,722

11.9

2

BMW, Mini

297,439

11.5

3

Mercedes

285,651

1.6

4

Opel

254,605

9

5

Audi

250,708

10.5

6

Ford

230,939

16.5

7

Renault, Dacia

160,366

4.4

8

Skoda

142,611

7.9

9

Hyundai

86,866

16.9

10

Toyota, Lexus

83,204

5.7

11

Peugeot

82,743

-1.8

12

Fiat

80,125

2.5

13

Nissan

70,874

15.5

14

Citroen

66,711

-2.5

15

Seat

59,030

17

16

Kia

42,065

14.9

17

Mazda

41,330

-10.6

18

Suzuki

34,418

5.7

19

Volvo

33,888

31.4

20

Mitsubishi

30,050

20.8

21

Chevrolet

29,762

21.6

22

Honda

29,487

-3.1

23

Smart

29,470

1.4

24

Porsche

18,690

15

25

Alfa Romeo

10,480

21.6

26

Land Rover

6,674

1.4

27

Subaru

6,210

-20

28

Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge

5,180

-18.6

29

Daihatsu

3,932

-26

30

Jaguar

3,094

-2.3

Total German Car Market 2011

3,173,634

+8.8


Top Selling Car Brands & Manufacturers in Germany in 2011 (Full Year)

Volkswagen continues to increase market share in Germany in 2011 and now has 21,6% of the German new passenger vehicle market. BMW-Mini saw solid growth to become the second best-selling car manufacturer in Germany for the first time in the firm’s history. Mercedes lost market share with weak growth and slipped to third place in 2011.

Opel, Audi, Ford, Renault-Dacia, and Skoda all maintained their positions on the best-sellers list for cars in Germany in 2011. Ford saw the largest growth of any of the bigger manufacturers; Opel grew in line with the market, while both Renault and Skoda underperformed the market growth. French car manufacturers generally struggled in Germany in 2011.

Hyundai also saw solid growth and became the first Korean car manufacturer to enter the top-ten list of best-selling car brands in Germany. Peugeot slipped out of the top ten list. Toyota maintained its tenth place with some growth. (Toyota had a disastrous year in Germany in 2010 when sales almost halved.)

Volvo sales boomed in Germany in 2011 by almost a third. The strongest growth was by Lancia but even an increase of sales by 60.2% could not lift the Italian brand higher than thirty-first place.

Germany’s favorite car model in 2011 remained the VW Golf.

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