Passenger car sales in Germany 2004-2019

In 2019, the number of passenger cars sold in Germany amounted to 3.6 million units. This was a slight increase year-on-year. The German automobile industry is one of the biggest in the world.

“Abwrackprämie“ boosts sales in 2009

  Passenger car sales in Germany peaked at 3.8 million units in 2009. This was due to the government's introduction of a scrappage program, the so-called "Abwrackprämie". It had been implemented for the purpose of improving air quality by encouraging owners to scrap their old car (over the age of 9) and buying a newer, supposedly more environmentally friendly Euro 4 model. Controversy surrounded the program at the time, because car sales had been declining in the years prior and it was seen by many as a move intended to help German carmakers make greater profits. Evaluations by Environmental Action Germany (“Deutsche Umwelthilfe”) and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (“ifeu”) concluded that the ecological benefit was minimal if not non-existent. According to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control, Volkswagen was the car brand profiting the most from the program.

Number of passenger cars sold in Germany from 2004 to 2019

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Sources

Release date

2020

Region

Germany

Survey time period

2004 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Please download archive to retrieve data; monthly figures have been added up.

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