01 December 2015

Car Production In Germany By Brand : 2000-09

This was the first time since WW II that numerically there was a drop through a decade. Production did hit a record in 2007 but the economic downturn hit and volumes suffered. Premium production was 41% in 1999 but had quickly reached 50% by 2006. Mainstream models are affected more by economic depressions but also the high cost of making cars in Germany was sending some production elsewhere.

Below we see how Audi jumped to become the second largest car producer, up from fifth. GM Opel was the big mover, from second to sixth. The locals were increasingly spurning regular cars as affluence allowed them to buy something more upmarket. That was helping premium volumes as well. That said, Ford did manage a sizable increase.

Porsche had decided to widen it's range and the new Cayenne SUV had a big impact from 2003. If you wonder what the 'Other' cars were, they were mainly Chrysler, with a few Bentley's temporarily. There are also some tiny car makes too that I found data for.

The Porsche Cayenne proved that the appearance of a car won't put buyers off
....if the driving experience and brand are right

The figures below are in thousands, so add three zeros for the total figure.


Yr VW Audi BMW MB Ford GM Por Oth Total

2000 1,294 594 710 932 577 993 32 - 5,132

2001 1,283 671 734 980 671 929 33 - 5,301

2002 1,115 682 751 979 691 869 36 - 5,123

2003 1,104 726 717 964 698 848 68 20 5,145

2004 1,072 752 759 967 742 788 74 38 5,192

2005 1,086 774 847 957 818 777 77 14 5,350

2006 1,099 828 905 938 808 746 66 8 5,398

2007 1,285 832 983 978 791 753 84 3 5,709

2008 1,322 875 902 958 780 614 81 1 5,533

2009 1,214 847 829 760 739 510 65 1 4,965

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