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2016 (Full Year) Germany: 30 Best-Selling Car Models

by Henk Bekker

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The Volkswagen Golf, Passat and Polo were again the top-selling car models in Germany in 2016 but the favorite cars of the Germans lost market share. The Opel Astra and Audi A4 were the most improved top selling cars in Germany while the new Touran added the highest number of cars.

New passenger vehicle registrations in Germany in 2016 increased by 4.5% to 3,351,607 cars with Volkswagen still the best-selling brand.

Top 30 Best-Selling Cars in Germany in 2016

According to new passenger vehicle registration data for 2016 released by the KBA, the following were the 30 most-popular car models in Germany:

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2015

2016

Brand & Model

Sales 2016

Sales in 2015

Change 15/16

1

1

VW GOLF

235,935

270,952

-12.9

2

2

VW PASSAT

80,900

97,586

-17.1

3

3

VW POLO

72,017

69,867

3.1

4

4

MERCEDES C-KLASSE

66,898

67,549

-1.0

8

5

OPEL ASTRA

65,173

56,079

16.2

5

6

VW TIGUAN

63,979

58,978

8.5

10

7

AUDI A4, S4, RS4

61,597

52,493

17.3

6

8

SKODA OCTAVIA

58,683

57,907

1.3

7

9

AUDI A3, S3, RS3

57,176

57,858

-1.2

9

10

OPEL CORSA

55,191

52,741

4.6

21

11

VW TOURAN

52,560

37,098

41.7

17

12

BMW 2ER

50,680

42,916

18.1

14

13

SKODA FABIA

49,947

45,018

10.9

11

14

FORD FOCUS

47,990

51,677

-7.1

12

15

BMW 1ER

46,632

46,340

0.6

18

16

SEAT LEON

46,010

42,125

9.2

19

17

MINI

44,010

39,714

10.8

15

18

BMW 3ER

43,986

44,637

-1.5

13

19

FORD FIESTA

43,887

45,424

-3.4

16

20

AUDI A6, S6, RS6

41,341

44,095

-6.2

24

21

VW TRANSPORTER

40,875

33,768

21.0

28

22

MERCEDES E-KLASSE

37,945

30,860

23.0

20

23

VW UP

36,592

38,877

-5.9

29

24

FORD KUGA

34,676

28,529

21.5

26

25

MERCEDES A-KLASSE

34,270

32,658

4.9

23

26

FIAT 500

32,677

33,908

-3.6

31

27

VW CADDY

32,191

27,468

17.2

27

28

OPEL MOKKA

32,052

31,037

3.3

22

29

MERCEDES B-KLASSE

30,787

35,112

-12.3

25

30

BMW 5ER

30,055

33,108

-9.2

Germany’s Top-Selling Car Models in 2016

There were no changes to the four most popular car models in Germany in 2016 compared to a year ago but none of the other top 30 models were in the same rank position as a in 2015.

Top Ten Best-Selling Cars in Germany in 2016

Although the VW Golf and VW Passat maintained their traditional first and second places on the list of the best-selling car models in Germany in 2016, both were the worst performing of the 30 top-selling car models in Germany. Golf sales were 13% lower than a year ago while the high-earning Passat slumped by 17%.

The Volkswagen Golf has been Germany’s best-selling car since 1981 – it was last outsold in a full calendar year in 1980 courtesy of the Mercedes Benz W123 (E-Class). However, VW sold 35,000 fewer Golfs in Germany in 2016 than a year ago with the total sales volume the lowest sales numbers for a Golf in Germany since 2008. A small facelift for the Golf was announced in December but the Golf VIII is only due in 2018. Nevertheless, the Germans still bought more Golfs in 2016 than the next three car models combined.

The Volkswagen Passat has been Germany’s second best-selling car model since 2011 but sales were down 17%, or 17,000 cars, compared to 2015 – the worst performance by any of the top 30 best-selling car models in Germany in 2016. The Passat is generally considered a high earner for Volkswagen with around 92% of registrations going to businesses.

Surprisingly, the aging VW Polo was the only of the top four car models to have increased sales in Germany in 2016 but even here market share was lost. The current Polo was launched in 2009 and the new Polo will be presented at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2016. The new Polo is expected to increase in size and may give more competition to the Golf.

The Mercedes Benz C-Class maintained its fourth position despite marginally weaker sales in 2016.

The Opel Astra was one of the star performers in Germany in 2016. Astra sales were up 16%, or 9,000 cars, allowing the Astra to move up from 8th a year ago to 5th. As a result, the VW Tiguan – Germany’s favorite SUV – slipped down one rank position despite higher sales.

The Audi A4 was the most improved of the ten best-selling car models in Germany in 2016. Sales increased by 17% to move up to 7th from 10th last year. As a result, the Skoda Octavia and Audi A3 each moved down two rank positions with sales roughly similar to a year ago. The Skoda Octavia remained Germany’s favorite imported car model.

The Opel Corsa slipped from 9th to 10th with sales increasing in line with the broader market. Worrying for Opel, the new Corsa is only due in 2018 while the Polo is expected to perform even stronger once the new model is launched early 2016.

Top 30 Best-Selling Car Models in Germany in 2016

A few further salient points from the list of the 30 best-selling car models in Germany in 2016:

Volkswagen was the best-selling carmaker in Germany in 2016 but lost market share to other brands.

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