What cars tell us about the UK and Germany

Well, since a correspondent asked, I’ve done the same for the UK and Germany as I did last week for the UK and Ireland. How do the countries compare in terms of new car sales by brand in 2012? Below are the shares – noting that the Germany (just over 3 million annual sales) and the UK (just over 2 million) constitute the first and second largest car markets in Europe.

UK

1

Ford

13.8%

 v DE 6.7% (6th)

2

Vauxhall (GM)

11.4%

 v DE 6.9% (5th)

3

Volkswagen

9.0%

 v DE 21.8% (1st)

4

BMW

6.2%

 v DE 8.1% (4th)

5

Audi

6.1%

 v DE 8.6% (3rd)

6

Nissan

5.2%

 v DE 2.0% (14th)

7

Peugeot

4.9%

 v DE 2.3% (12th)

8

Mercedes-Benz

4.5%

 v DE 9.2% (2nd)

9

Toyota

4.1%

 v DE 2.6% (10th)

10

Hyundai

3.6%

 v DE 3.3% (9th)

Germany

1

Volkswagen

21.8%

 v UK 9.0% (3rd)

2

Mercedes-Benz

9.2%

 v UK 4.5% (8th)

3

Audi

8.6%

 v UK 6.1% (5th)

4

BMW

8.1%

 v UK 6.2% (4th)

5

Opel (GM)

6.9%

 v UK 11.4% (2nd)

6

Ford

6.7%

 v UK 13.8% (1st)

7

Skoda

4.8%

 v UK 2.6% (14th)

8

Renault

3.4%

 v UK 2.0% (18th)

9

Hyundai

3.3%

 v UK 3.6% (10th)

10

Toyota

2.6%

 v UK 4.1% (9th)

So, a testament first of all to German industry. All seven of its top brands, constituting two thirds of all sales within the country, are considered German-owned within Germany, even if somewhat cheekily (Skoda is considered part of the Volkswagen Group but Ford Europe is considered separate from Ford overall).

Out of interest, Mini sales are proportionately much higher in the UK than in Germany – but yes, it’s considered “German-owned” too!

What is perhaps most marked is the variety of makes in the UK sharing the top ten – the tenth highest share in the UK is higher than the eighth highest in Germany.

Just a final thought before you give up completely on the UK: when you turn on the radio in your German car, the German charts are full of British music…

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