27 November 2015

Car Production In Germany By Brand : 1970-79

1.7 million Opel Kadets were made from 1973-79. A nice, simple car 

Production volume continued its steady incline in Germany, despite the the oil crisis that hit mid-decade. VW continued as the mainstay of the volume, although it went from 46% of the total in 1969 to 33% by 1979. Both GM Opel and Ford had solid gains too. However, while Mercedes and BMW were doing nicely, Audi was stuck in the doldrums.

Porsche got a lift in volume when the 924 model replaced the 914 for 1976. Hanomag was making a few passenger cars which I believe were camper vans. That ended in 1975, with Neckar branded Fiat cars finishing a few years earlier.

Please note that the figures below are in thousands, so three zeros need to be added.


Yr VW GM Ford MB BMW Audi Por Han Nec Total

1970 1,518 812 409 280 159 317 17 4 12 3,528

1971 1,622 832 479 284 164 282 11 6 17 3,697

1972 1,373 871 436 324 182 299 15 8 13 3,521

1973 1,364 868 456 332 196 410 15 7 2 3,650

1974 1,170 578 286 340 185 266 10 5 - 2,840

1975 1,050 656 413 350 218 205 9 6 - 2,907

1976 1,221 919 487 378 268 242 32 - - 3,547

1977 1,278 922 543 409 285 318 36 - - 3,791

1978 1,346 952 544 404 312 295 37 - - 3,890

1979 1,305 960 547 433 328 323 36 - - 3,932

The 924 model added volume to Porsche

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