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Number of registered cars in Germany from 1960 to 2020

In 2020, the number of registered cars amounted to 47,716, an increase compared to the year before at 47,096. In fact, as the graph at hand shows, numbers have exploded since 1960.

New car smell

The German automobile industry is one of the most successful and energetic in the world, as well as being one of the pillars of the German economy. As far as German cars are concerned, “Made in Germany” is definitely a valid slogan to use all over the world. Based on the most recent figures, German car sales generated almost 283 billion euros abroad and roughly 153 billion euros domestically. Among drivers, the largest number of registered passenger cars were Volkswagen (VW) vehicles, followed by Opel and Mercedes – all German brands looking back on a long history. The leading car models, meanwhile, were all from Volkswagen: Golf, Tiguan and Polo.

Winning the race

Globally, the Volkswagen group ranked first in terms of cars and trucks sold, making it the leading vehicle manufacturer worldwide. Following behind were Toyota and General motors. German cars were mainly exported to other European countries, though North and South America were also significant export partners for the German automobile industry.

Number of registered cars in Germany from 1960 to 2020

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

1960 to 2020

Supplementary notes

According to the source, until 2000 the deadline was July 1 of each year, from 2001 January 1. From January 1, 2008 only registered vehicles without temporary suspension/ removal from service were recorded. Figures were rounded for better understanding of the statistic.

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