16 September 2020

Snapshot: Germany 2000

Third overall and top selling premium model

We go back in time to the beginning of the century. Below are sales by all the main brands, the 60 best selling models and a bonus section of the 20 best selling premium models. The data comes from the KBA and is of a high standard. I decided to put Opel as a German brand as it started that way and the name reflects that.

Brands: German brands not only were at the top but were strong in volume too. Renault was the  brands, unsurprising back then but different from today. Apart from Ford Europe (which has strong links to the country anyway) only Renault was anywhere near them.

Models: Again local brands to the fore, with only the Ford Focus offering much resistance. As it was made in Germany, it shows the awareness of what is locally made and the support such are given. Germany had 20 models on the list of 60, the rest of  Europe 20, Japan provided 10 and the USA 5.

Premium: This information is not included in the figures I've been mentioning above. It is where European marques are totally in the ascendancy. The BMW 3-Series was the most sought after.


Brand Model
1 VW 643,615 Europe 1 VW Golf / Jetta 317,948
2 Opel 411,574 Brands 2 Opel Astra 157,936
3 Mercedes 409,214 17 3 BMW 3-Series 147,613
4 Ford 238,517 Models 4 Mercedes C-Class 115,761
5 BMW 237,750 20 5 VW Passat 102,659
6 Audi 234,404
6 Ford Focus 101,594
7 Renault 200,361 Germany 7 VW Polo 94,874
8 Peugeot 100,348 Brands 8 Mercedes A-Class 94,751
9 Fiat 98,478 6 9 Opel Corsa 93,159
10 Toyota 86,794 Models 10 Mercedes E-Class 87,234
11 Mazda 76,701 25 11 Audi A4 80,264
12 Nissan 74,678
12 BMW 5-Series 67,039
13 Škoda 68,756 Japan 13 Audi A6 65,243
14 Seat 60,813 Brands 14 Opel Vectra 57,732
15 Citroën 50,108 9 15 Opel Zafira 56,412
16 Mitsubishi 48,606 Models 16 Audi A3 52,614
17 smart 48,054 10 17 Fiat Punto 49,862
18 Volvo 41,563
18 VW Lupo 49,462
19 Honda 33,536 USA 19 Peugeot 206 48,099
20 Hyundai 28,442 Brands 20 smart ForTwo 48,054
21 Suzuki 23,036 3 21 Renault Scénic 42,888
22 Chrysler 22,483 Models 22 Renault Twingo 42,529
23 Kia 19,658 5 23 Ford Fiesta 39,556
24 Alfa Rom 18,635
24 Škoda Octavia 39,260
25 MG Rover 14,005 Korea 25 VW Transporter 37,003
26 Daihatsu 12,714 Brands 26 Renault Mégane 32,979
27 Land Rover 11,950 4 27 Ford Ka 31,586
28 Porsche 11,719 Models 28 Renault Clio 31,086
29 Daewoo 11,295 0 29 Ford Mondeo 30,692
30 Subaru 9,703
30 Mercedes CLK 29,390
31 Lancia 8,105
31 VW Sharan 24,716
32 Saab 7,489
32 Opel Omega 24,579
33 Jaguar 6,432
33 Volvo 80/70 Series 23,291
34 GM US 3,064
34 SEAT León / Toledo 21,685
35 Lexus 2,284
35 SEAT IbizaCórdoba 21,391
36 Ferrari 630
36 Mercedes S-Class 21,266
37 Maserati 539
37 Mercedes SLK 21,001
38 Ssangyong 516
38 Mazda 6 20,987
39 Isuzu 515
39 Nissan Almera 20,835
Premium 40 Toyota Corolla 20,411
1 BMW 3-Series 147,613 41 Audi TT 20,309
2 Mercedes C-Class 115,761 42 Mazda 3 20,203
3 Mercedes A-Class 94,751 43 Nissan Primera 20,195
4 Mercedes E-Class 87,234 44 Renault Kangoo 19,353
5 Audi A4 80,264 45 Toyota Yaris 19,056
6 BMW 5-Series 67,039 46 Peugeot 406 19,047
7 Audi A6 65,243 47 Renault Laguna 18,816
8 Audi A3 52,614 48 Škoda Fabia 18,427
9 Mercedes CLK 29,390 49 Toyota Avensis 18,310
10 Volvo 80/70 Ser 23,291 50 Citroën Xsara 18,061
11 Mercedes S-Class 21,266 51 Ford Galaxy 17,937
12 Mercedes SLK 21,001 52 Volvo 40/50 Series 16,848
13 Audi TT 20,309 53 Peugeot 307 16,256
14 Volvo 40/50 Ser 16,848 54 Nissan Micra 16,107
15 Mercedes ML 14,728 55 Mercedes ML 14,728
16 Alfa Rom 156 12,061 56 Citroën Berlingo 14,208
17 Audi A2 10,045 57 Mercedes Viano/Vito 13,825
18 BMW Z3 9,390 58 Mazda Premacy 13,584
19 BMW 7-Series 8,097 59 Fiat Seiciento 13,487
20 Land Rover Freeland 7,055 60 Honda Civic 13,204

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