2019 Germany: Total Number of Registered Cars by Brand

In 2019, the total number of cars registered for use on public roads in Germany was 47 million with VW, Opel and Mercedes-Benz the most common brands.

VOlkswagen cars at Geneva Auto Show 2018

In 2019, the number of motorized vehicles in Germany increased by nearly a million to 64.8 million vehicles, including 47 million cars. Volkswagen remained the most-common car brand in Germany with more than a fifth of all vehicles. Nearly one in ten cars in Germany are either an Opel or a Mercedes-Benz. The average age of cars in Germany increased to 9.5 years.

Total Number of Vehicles on German Roads in 2019

On January 1, 2019, the total number of motorized vehicles registered for use on public roads in Germany – the so-called Fahrzeugbestand – reached a new record 64.8 million vehicles (+1.6%), according to the KBA.

Passenger vehicles (PKW) were by far the largest component but increased by a more moderate 1.3% to 47,095,784 cars. Commercial vehicles increased by a stronger 2.8% to 5.8 million vehicles, including 3,149,263 heavy trucks (LKW) (+3.9%) and 80,519 buses (+1.4%).

Number of Cars in Germany in 2019

The number of passenger cars (PKW) registered for use on public roads in Germany increased by 1.3%, or 621,190 vehicles over the 2018 calendar year to reach a new record high 47,095,784 cars on January 1, 2019. This increase was slower than over the previous three years but still nearly 2 million more than in 2016:

YearCars% Change
201947,095,7841.3
201846,474,5941.5
201745,803,5601.6
201645,071,2091.5
201544,403,1241.3
201443,851,2301.3
201343,431,1241.2

Source: KBA

Passenger Vehicles Registered in Germany in 2019

Passenger cars (PKW) remained by far the largest components of the motorized stock of Germany at the start of 2019. A few statistics released by the KBA relating to this category only:

  • The average age of cars in Germany increased to 9.5 years from 9.4 years at the start of 2018.
  • In Germany, 756,572 cars (+12.1%) were older than 30 years.
  • The largest categories remained compact cars (e.g. Golf) with a 25.6% market share (-0.1%), small cars (e.g. VW Polo) with 19% (+0.3%) and mid-size (e.g. VW Passat) with a 13.8% share (-3.4%).
  • The fastest growing category was SUVs / crossovers (e.g. VW T-Roc) (+19,9%) and larger SUVS / cross-country vehicles (Geländewagen, e.g. VW Tiguan) (+8.6%).
  • The share of petrol engine cars increased by 1.9% to 65.9% while diesel’s share contracted by 0.5% to 32.2%.
  • The number of electric cars increased by 54.4% to 83,175 cars compared to 53,861 in 2018. This increase was still 6,000 fewer than the number of electric cars sold in Germany in 2018 to seemingly confirm that many electric cars are sold off second hand to neighboring countries.
  • Hybrid cars in Germany increased by 44.2% to 341,411 cars including 66,997 (+50.5%) plug-in hybrids.

Cars Registered in Germany by Brand in 2019

The most-common marques of cars registered in Germany on 1 January 2019 according to the KBA were as follows:

NoCar Brand 2019% Share 2018% Change
Total47 095 784100.046 474 5941.3
1VW10 039 38921.39 982 0990.6
2Opel4 455 6629.54 534 639-1.7
3Mercedes4 434 3299.44 378 6151.3
4Ford3 438 2077.33 406 6240.9
5BMW3 256 8846.93 203 5071.7
6Audi3 242 8386.93 224 0070.6
7Skoda2 169 7064.62 026 2957.1
8Renault1 773 0133.81 789 961-0.9
9Toyota1 302 3952.81 300 2500.2
10Hyundai1 195 0232.51 111 8297.5
11Fiat1 174 9602.51 157 2151.5
12Seat1 154 6122.51 075 5407.4
13Peugeot1 119 9142.41 150 063-2.6
14Nissan 863 1441.8 866 247-0.4
15Mazda 859 0541.8 853 1930.7
16Citroen 742 1671.6 744 339-0.3
17Kia 662 1741.4 624 5346.0
18Dacia 547 6171.2 485 51112.8
19Suzuki 502 3931.1 487 1993.1
20Volvo 489 0401.0 475 6022.8
21Mitsubishi 484 0171.0 468 8113.2
22Smart 474 8981.0 453 7454.7
23Honda 451 5251.0 464 906-2.9
24Mini 445 2260.9 409 7338.7
25Porsche 313 1730.7 295 4446.0
26Chevrolet 214 6040.5 230 084-6.7
27Subaru 123 8870.3 123 7830.1
28Alfa Romeo 119 0950.3 124 271-4.2
29Jeep 112 4670.2 101 69810.6
30Land Rover 108 0560.2 103 8114.1
31Daihatsu 78 6190.2 86 133-8.7
32Jaguar 73 9320.2 68 0508.6
33Chrysler 59 0010.1 65 304-9.7
34Saab 44 3450.1 46 719-5.1
35Sachsenring 36 2590.1 35 4222.4
36DS 33 6070.1 32 5863.1

Top Ten Car Brands in Germany in 2019

Volkswagen easily remained the most common car brand in Germany in 2019 with more than a fifth of all cars bearing the VW emblem. Although the number of Volkswagens in Germany increased below average over the past year, Germany’s most popular car brand increased to more than 10 million cars. There were more Volkswagens on German roads in 2019 than Opel and Mercedes-Benz cars combined.

Opel was the by far the worst performing top brand with the number of Opels in Germany sinking by 1.7% or 78,977 cars at the start of 2019. Opel, which was for decades the second largest carmaker in Germany, suffered from lower sales in recent years and is likely to be overtaken by Mercedes-Benz cars by 2020.

The number of Mercedes-Benz cars in Germany increased inline with the broader market – 1.3%. Nearly one in ten cars in Germany are made by Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz remained the clear favorite luxury car brand in Germany.

The number of Fords in Germany increased by nearly a percentage point helped by relatively strong new car sales in 2018.

The number of BMWs in Germany increased by 1.7% to allow BMW to surpass the number of Audis in Germany in 2019. Audi had very weak sales in Germany in 2018 (-10%).

VW-owned Skoda was the most-improved brand: at the start of 2019, the number of Skodas in Germany were 7.1% higher than a year earlier – an increase of 143,411 cars. (VW-owned Seat similarly increased by 7.4% or nearly 80,000 cars.)

Other than Opel, Renault was the only top brand with fewer cars in Germany in 2019 than a year ago. The number of Toyotas in Germany increase by just more than 2,000 cars.

Hyundai entered the top-ten list in Germany with a 7.5% increase in the number of cars – 83,000 more than a year ago. Fiat slipped out of the top 10 despite an increase in the number of Fiats in Germany in 2019.

The most-improved brands were Dacia (+12.8%) and Jeep (+10.6%) – both brands sold well in recent years with most of the cars on the road relatively new.

The worst-performing brands in Germany in 2019 were Lancia (-10.5%), Chrysler (-9.7%) and Daihatsu (-8.7%) – all marques that withdrew from the German new car market in recent years. In terms of overall numbers, Opel (79,000 cars fewer) and Peugeot (30,000 cars fewer) showed the largest declines.