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

by Henk Bekker

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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.

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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 the best-selling car marque in Germany followed by the so-called premium or luxury brands Mercedes Benz, Audi, and BMW. Skoda was the favorite foreign car brand in Germany in 2013.

The German Vehicle Market in 2013 (Full Year)

According to new vehicle registration statistics released by the KBA the German passenger vehicle (PKW) market contracted to 2,952,431 (-4.2%) during the full twelve months of 2013. The total German vehicle market (Kraftfahrzeuge) was 3,443,921 (-3.8%) vehicles in 2013.

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Buses (5,824 / +13.3) did particularly well as the German long-distance bus market was opened to competitors of German Railways for the first time in 2013.

Sales of electric vehicles in Germany doubled in 2013 to a still embarrassingly low 6,051 cars.

In 2013, the German car market contracted for the second year in a row. Europe’s largest car market was smaller than three million new passenger vehicle registrations for the second time in four years. German car sales were as follows in recent years:

Year

 German Car Sales

% Change

2013

 2’952’431

-4.2

2012

 3’082’504

-2.2

2011

 3’173’634

9

2010

 2’916’260

-23.4

2009

 3’807’175

23.2

2008

 3’090’040

-1.8

2007

 3’148’163

-9.2

Source: KBA

2013 was the second worst year for the German car market since the current statistics series started in 1990 after the reunification of the country. However, it is not all gloom and doom. Car sales in Germany during the second half of 2013 were narrowly positive (by around 2,000 cars) and the outlook for 2014 is moderately positive.

German car manufacturers also enjoyed a record year in worldwide sales in 2013. According to the VDA, car production in Germany in 2013 increased to 5,446,600 (+1%) cars and exports to 4,200,300 (+2%) cars.

Best-Selling Car Brands in Germany in 2013 (Full Year)

The top-selling car marques in Germany in 2013 according to new passenger vehicle registration data released by the KBA were as follows

Car Manufacturer

Car Sales 2013

% Market Share

% Change

Total Car Market

2 952 431

100.0

-4.2

1

VW

 642 190

21.8

-4.6

2

Mercedes

 277 373

9.4

-1.4

3

Audi

 251 952

8.5

-5.5

4

BMW

 231 815

7.9

-5.8

5

Opel

 207 461

7.0

-2.9

6

Ford

 197 794

6.7

-3.9

7

Skoda

 159 939

5.4

8.7

8

Hyundai

 101 522

3.4

0.7

9

Renault

 98 922

3.4

-6.3

10

Seat

 83 364

2.8

22.4

11

Toyota

 74 056

2.5

-8.4

12

Fiat

 67 753

2.3

-6.8

13

Kia

 55 654

1.9

1.6

14

Nissan

 55 019

1.9

-11.5

15

Peugeot

 54 736

1.9

-23.4

16

Citroen

 48 442

1.6

-20.6

17

Dacia

 45 498

1.5

1.2

18

Mazda

 44 981

1.5

10.5

19

Mini

 34 263

1.2

-5.6

20

Volvo

 27 517

0.9

-16.0

21

Suzuki

 26 863

0.9

-12.9

22

Smart

 26 009

0.9

-7.3

23

Chevrolet

 24 380

0.8

-17.7

24

Honda

 22 873

0.8

-13.1

25

Mitsubishi

 21 141

0.7

-10.3

26

Porsche

 20 799

0.7

1.4

27

Land Rover

 12 425

0.4

11.8

28

Subaru

 7 456

0.3

-21.2

29

Jeep

 6 899

0.2

4.3

30

Jaguar

 4 160

0.1

30.1

31

Alfa Romeo

 3 625

0.1

-51.7

32

Lexus

 1 653

0.1

-42.2

33

Lancia

 1 606

0.1

-46.1

Others

 12 291

0.4

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Source: KBA

Top 10 Best-Selling Car Marques in Germany in 2013 (Full Year)

Volkswagen easily maintained its position as Germany’s favorite car manufacturer. However, VW narrowly underperformed the broader market but still maintained a market share of almost 22%.

Mercedes Benz was the second most popular car brand in Germany in 2013 with sales slightly weaker but still easily outperforming the general market – of the German carmakers only Porsche (+1.4%) performed better. Mercedes Benz gained second place from BMW, which in 2012 still included Mini-branded cars in sales statistics.

Audi similarly gained a position over BMW. Both Bavarian car marques lost market share in Germany in 2013.

Opel and Ford maintained their relative positions from last year. Although sales continue to decline, both marques in a change of recent form outperformed the general market and stole a little market share from VW.

VW-owned Skoda overtook Renault as Germany’s favorite imported car brand. Renault slipped even behind Hyundai in 2013, in part due to Renault and Dacia sales figures being separated from 2013 onwards. Skoda sales improved near 9% – Skoda thus outsold Renault and Dacia combined.

VW-owned Seat was the best performer of the larger brands. Sales increased by 22% allowing Seat to move up from 13th place in 2012 to push Toyota out of the top-ten list in Germany in 2013.

Best-Selling Car Marques in Germany in 2013 (Full Year)

A few further salient figures from the 2013 German car sales data:

The Volkswagen Golf remained Germany’s favorite car by far in 2013.

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