Car production in Germany from 2007 to 2019

German automobile production amounted to 4.7 million vehicles in 2019. This was a decrease from the previous year at 5.1 million cars. Figures fluctuated during the specified time period, having peaked in 2011. The German automobile industry is one of the pillars of the German economy and also an established heavyweight on the global economic stage.

Driver’s seat

German automobile production is dominated by brands which, while having national roots, have long since enjoyed international fame and recognition, as well as demand. They quickly come to mind: Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, to name just a few. Based on ownership figures, the most popular car brand in Germany was, indeed, Volkswagen. The brand was also in the lead in terms of leading car models by new car registrations among German drivers, with the VW Gold being the most popular choice. The number of passenger cars sold in Germany fluctuated slightly in recent years, going up again in 2019.

Road trip

Europe was the leading export destination for German cars in 2019, followed by North and South America. The number of cars exported varied in the last decade. While figures for 2011 were highest, a decrease followed in subsequent years. In 2019, almost 3.5 million vehicles were exported from Germany.

Automobile production in Germany from 2007 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures until 2015 can be accessed here.
* The outlook for 2019 was published here.

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