28 November 2015

Car Production In Germany By Brand : 1980-89

The Audi 90. Clean lines but it looks so 80's

An extra million cars were added to the production numbers for the nine years from 1980 to 1989. Premium brands made up 20% in 1971 but climbed during that decade. For the 80's it was consistently around the third mark. BMW and Audi were closing in on Mercedes but all three were buoyant. Not so for Porsche, whose production slumped in 1988. The brand was heavily reliant on the US and sales crumbled with the stock market crashing in 1987.

The three mainstream car makers were all producing heavily in Germany and things looked good all round. Consistent increase in German car production continued and was being achieved with fewer companies involved in it.

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


Yr VW GM Ford MB BMW Audi Por Total

1980 1,232 787 420 438 330 285 29 3,521

1981 1,150 810 487 449 338 312 32 3,578

1982 1,122 951 518 466 363 305 36 3,761

1983 1,098 935 548 483 408 358 48 3,878

1984 1,203 777 540 469 412 345 44 3,790

1985 1,376 903 505 538 431 359 55 4,167

1986 1,422 897 562 592 432 353 53 4,311

1987 1,393 916 561 596 443 417 48 4,374

1988 1,372 895 609 554 464 426 26 4,346

1989 1,464 989 633 537 490 421 29 4,563

Picture source: Netcarshow.

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