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2016 Germany: Total Number of Registered Cars

by Henk Bekker

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On January 1, 2016, the total number of cars registered in Germany was 45,071,209. Volkswagen and Opel were the most common car brands on German roads. The total number of electric cars in Germany increased by more than a third but with a market share of only a tenth of a percentage point. Two thirds of cars are petrol driven. The average car in Germany at the start of 2016 was 9.2 years old.

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Vehicles Registered in Germany in 2016

The total number of motorized vehicles registered in Germany (Fahrzeugbestand) on January 1, 2016, increased by 1.8% over the past year to 61.5 million vehicles according to the KBA. Three quarters of all vehicles in Germany are cars.

The total number of passenger vehicles (Personenkraftwagen / PKW) registered in Germany on January 1, 2016, increased by 1.5% to a new record 45,071,209 cars. This is 668,000 more cars on German roads than on January 1, 2015.

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Total Number of Cars in Germany

A few further facts on the total number of cars in Germany at the start of 2016 according to KBA statistics:

Cars Registered in Germany by Brand in 2016

According to car registration numbers released by the KBA, the following where the most-popular car brands of all passenger vehicles registered for use on German roads on January 1, 2016:

2016

% Share

2015

% Change

TOTAL

45,071,209

100,0

44,403,124

1.5

1

VW

9,740,692

21,6

9,568,633

1.8

2

Opel

4,687,804

10,4

4,784,141

-2

3

Mercedes

4,223,587

9,4

4,152,334

1.7

4

Ford

3,352,642

7,4

3,339,043

0.4

5

Audi

3,091,807

6,9

3,004,819

2.9

6

BMW

3,082,243

6,8

3,011,032

2.4

7

Renault

1,833,271

4,1

1,868,200

-1.9

8

Skoda

1,760,728

3,9

1,628,106

8.1

9

Toyota

1,311,459

2,9

1,320,454

0.7

10

Peugeot

1,200,628

2,7

1,226,688

-2.1

11

Fiat

1,142,521

2,5

1,145,494

-0.3

12

Seat

949,663

2,1

890,358

6.7

13

Hyundai

939,195

2,1

852,131

10.2

14

Mazda

848,945

1,9

854,251

-0.6

15

Nissan

839,508

1,9

827,076

1.5

16

Citroen

768,479

1,7

769,782

-0.2

17

Kia

547,963

1,2

512,321

7

18

Honda

482,387

1,1

493,641

-2.3

19

Suzuki

463,599

1,0

453,533

2.2

20

Volvo

457,925

1,0

450,157

1.7

21

Mitsubishi

454,317

1,0

453,590

0.2

22

Smart

414,962

0,9

398,300

4.2

23

Dacia

383,289

0,9

339,389

12.9

24

Mini

346,403

0,8

317,653

9.1

25

Chevrolet

258,760

0,6

270,432

-4.3

26

Porsche

257,070

0,6

234,680

9.5

27

Alfa Romeo

135,721

0,3

142,901

-5

28

Subaru

123,587

0,3

123,981

-0.3

29

Daihatsu

102,154

0,2

110,661

-7.7

30

Land Rover

88,034

0,2

80,292

9.6

31

Jeep

81,948

0,2

72,198

13.5

32

Chrysler

78,115

0,2

84,314

-7.4

33

Jaguar

58,788

0,1

56,112

4.8

34

Saab

51,900

0,1

54,618

-5

35

Lancia

39,214

0,1

42,872

-8.5

36

MG Rover

37,772

0,1

42,269

-10.6

37

Sachsenring

33,550

0,1

32,832

2.2

38

DS

30,813

0,1

28,478

8.2

39

Lexus

25,145

0,1

24,901

1

40

Others

344,621

0,8

340,457

Most Popular Car Brands on German Roads in 2016

Volkswagen, not surprisingly, is the most common car brand in Germany. VW increase it share of the total number of cars in Germany by 1.8% to 9,740,692 cars or 21.6% of all registered cars in Germany on January 1, 2016. Of the extra 668,000 cars added to German roads, 172,000 were Volkswagens. The larger VW group, including Audi, Seat, Skoda, and Porsche, added 70% of the additional cars in Germany in 2016.

Opel remained the second most common car brand in Germany at the start of 2016 followed by Mercedes Benz. With the number of Opels in Germany decreasing while Mercedes Benz cars increase, the gap has shrunk to less than half a million cars compared to more than 800,000 in 2014. Opel’s share of the total car park in Germany was 3% more than its current share of the new car market.

The number of Ford cars in Germany remained stable with Ford in a fairly comfortable fourth place.

Audi and BMW swapped ranked positions from a year ago. Both brands increased the number of cars in Germany but Audi turned a 20,000-car deficit in 2014 to a nearly 10,000-car advantage in 2016.

Renault remained the most common foreign car in Germany but the number is slipping.

Skoda was the most improved top-ten brand in Germany by adding 132,000 cars (8.1%). The gap to Renault has shrunk from over 400,000 cars in 2014 to around 75,000 in 2016.

Of the other brands with over a million cars registered in Germany in 2016, Toyotas increased, Fiat was slightly down while Peugeot numbers were down the most of the top-ten car brands in Germany.

A few further salient features from the Bestand figures released by the KBA:

See also: 2015 Germany: Total Number of Registered Cars

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