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

VW Golfs - all series 1 to 7

In 2012, Volkswagen remained Europe鈥檚 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鈥檚 strongest selling car manufacturing group with a market share … 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, … 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 but … 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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … Read more

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

Volkswagen Polo, Golf Plus and Tiguan LIFE models

Volkswagen, followed by BMW-Mini, and Mercedes remained the top-selling carmakers in Germany during 2012. In 2012, Volkswagen, BMW Mini, and Mercedes again topped the list of the best-selling car brands in Germany. Audi saw an increase in sales while Opel and Ford again suffered strong losses in market share. The German car market shrank by … Read more