2013 (Full Year) Greece: Best-Selling Car Brands

Graphic of Greece Car Sales 1997 to 2013

In 2013, the Greek car market grew for the first time since 2007. Toyota surpassed Volkswagen and Opel as the best-selling car brand in Greece.In 2013, new passenger vehicle registrations in Greece increased for the first time since 2007. However, the growth was only 0.4% leaving the Greek car market at around a third the size it was 15 years ago or a fifth of its peak … [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...]

2012 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Hybrid Car Models

Toyota Yaris Hybrid at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show

In 2012 Toyota dominated the German hybrid car market with the Yaris the most popular hybrid passenger vehicle in Germany. Top five from Toyota.The German hybrid car market in 2012 grew by 70% to over 21,000 new hybrid passenger vehicle registrations. Toyota dominated the German hybrid car market with a three-quarters market share. The top five best-selling models were … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Electric Car Models

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive & Bike

The best-selling electric cars in Germany in 2012 were the Smart Fortwo, Citroen C-Zero, and Nissan Leaf.In 2012, the German electric car market grew by 37% to just shy of 3,000 cars. The Smart Fortwo, Citroen C-Zero and Nissan Leaf were the most popular electric cars in Germany. The market for electric cars in Germany remained woefully small with only 0.1% of the total … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Norway: Best-Selling Electric Car Models

White NIssal Leaf at the Geneva Auto Salon 2013

The Nissan Leaf was by far the most popular electric car model in Norway in 2012 selling more vehicles than all other models combined.In 2012, the Norwegian market for new electric passenger vehicles almost doubled to 4,358 cars. The Nissan Leaf was the most popular electric car by far selling more vehicles in 2012 than all electric cars sold in Norway in 2011. The … [Read more...]

2012 – Europe: Most Popular Used Cars

Black BMW 3 Series

A BMW 3 Series is Europeans first choice when searching secondhand car databases. Europe-wide German cars and makes are the most popular too.In 2012, European used car buyers searched twice as often for BMW 3 Series car models than Audi A4 or Mercedes C Class cars according to online car-selling portal Autoscout24. The Volkswagen Golf, Europe’s best-selling car, is the … [Read more...]

2012 – Ten Most Expensive Classic Cars Sold at Auction

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster

A Mercedes 540 K Special Roadster was the most expensive car sold at auction in 2012. Six Ferraris were amongst the top ten classic and vintage cars.In 2012, a 1936 Mercedes 540 K Spezial Roadster sold for $11.8 million as the most expensive car sold at auction. It was also the highest price ever paid for a Mercedes. Six of the most expensive classic cars sold at … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Models

Volkswagen Golf 7

The Volkswagen Golf, Passat and Polo were again the top three best-selling cars in Germany in 2012.In 2012, Germany’s favorite car has again been the Volkswagen Golf. The VW Passat and Polo were again second and third best-selling car models in Germany in 2012. The Mercedes C Class moved ahead of the Opel Astra to take fourth place.Top 30 Best-Selling Car Models … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Switzerland: Best-Selling Car Models

Red VW Golf VII

The Volkswagen Golf was again Switzerland’s favorite car in 2012. The Skoda Octavia and VW Polo were also best sellers on the Swiss car market.In 2012, the Volkswagen Golf maintained its traditional position at the top of the list of best-selling car models in Switzerland. The Skoda Octavia was again the second most popular car in Switzerland with the VW Polo third. … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Europe: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands

VW Golfs - all series 1 to 7

In 2012, Volkswagen remained Europe’s strongest carmaker and best-selling car brand. VW was followed by PSA as second strongest car manufacturer while Ford was the second best-selling car brand. The VW Golf was again Europe's favorite car in 2012.In 2012, the Volkswagen Group remains Europe’s strongest selling car manufacturing group with a market share of 25%. Despite … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Europe: Car Sales by EU Country

Cars Being Made in a Volkswagen Factory

In 2012, Germany remained the largest car market in Europe with second place Britain the only major market seeing an increase in new passenger vehicle registrations.2012 saw a further decline in the West European car market. New passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union and EFTA countries were down 7.8% to 12,5 million. Germany, the largest single car market … [Read more...]

2012 Germany: Worldwide Car Sales by German Auto Makers

Mercedes CLA at the 2013 Detroit Car Show

In 2012, German car manufacturers enjoyed record car sales worldwide and even gained market share in the struggling European car market.In 2012, all major German car manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen enjoyed record car sales worldwide. German car producers famously never miss an opportunity for government subsidies and research funds … [Read more...]

2012 China: German Luxury Car Sales in China

Volkswagen New Santana

Germany luxury and premium auto brands had another bumper year in China in 2012 with strong car sales growth.In 2012, German car manufacturers had another good year on the Chinese new passenger vehicle market. Volkswagen sold the most cars in China of any German car brand while BMW Mini lead the premium sector comfortably ahead of Audi. China is now the single most … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Japan: Best-Selling Car Brands and Manufacturers

Toyota Wheel

Toyota was again the top carmaker in Japan in 2012. Honda was the second best-selling car producer in Japan while Nissan slipped to fifth.In 2012, Toyota comfortably remained the strongest vehicle producer in Japan. Honda regained second place followed by Daihatsu, Suzuki, and Nissan. New vehicle registrations in Japan increased by 27.5% in 2012. All carmakers, with the … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Japan: Best-Selling Car Models

Red Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius was again the best-selling car model in Japan in 2012. The Toyota Aqua replaced the Honda Fit as the second most popular car in Japan.In 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, the Toyota Prius was the best-selling car model in Japan. The smaller hybrid-only Toyota Aqua was the second most popular car model while the Honda Fit was third. Hybrid cars … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Britain: Best-Selling Car Models in the UK

Ford Fiestas at the Paris Motorshow

The Ford Fiesta was again the most popular car model in Great Britain in 2012. The Vauxhall Corsa outsold the Ford Focus as second best-selling car in the UK.In 2012, for the fourth year in a row, the Ford Fiesta was again the top-selling car model in Great Britain. The Vauxhall Corsa was the second most popular car in Britain followed by the Ford Focus. German cars … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Britain: Best-Selling Car Brands and Manufacturers

Ford B Max Production Line

Ford, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen remained the most popular car brands in a growing vehicle market in Great Britain during 2012.In 2012, Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen were again the top-selling car marques in the United Kingdom (UK). In a growing market, Ford could increase its lead while both Vauxhall and Volkswagen lost market share to competitors. The British car market … [Read more...]

2012 (Full Year) Switzerland: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers and Brands

Volkswagen-Eco-UP Rear View closeup

Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and BMW were the three top-selling car brands in Switzerland in 2012.Volkswagen easily remained the best-selling car brand in Switzerland in 2012. VW-owned Audi and Skoda took second and third place. BMW moved ahead of Ford into fourth while Renault slipped to sixth and Mercedes improved into seventh place ahead of Opel. Overall car sales in … [Read more...]