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Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What The Germans Bought in 2012

Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What The Germans Bought in 2012

The next stop on our  ‘what the XXX bought in 2012′ is Germany, after going to ChinaEuropeRussiaIndiaIsraelItaliaIndonesiaFrance and Canada.

Not what you had in mind? That’s ok, you can check the best-selling models and brands in 172 additional countries and territories on my blog. Enjoy!

Back to Germany. And in 2012 a few models broke their all-time annual volume records… Jump in to know more!


Mercedes SL

In a gloomy European context, German new car sales have remained very solid in 2012, down just 3% year-on-year to 3,082,504 registrations.

Check out the Top 50 best-selling brands in Germany in 2012 here

In the brands ranking, all 3 premium German carmakers now belong in the Top 4 for the first time in history: below Volkswagen solid at 21.8% share, Mercedes improves to 9.2% thanks to 283,006 sales while Audi gains 6% to land at #3 with 266,582 units and 8.6% share. BMW rounds up the Top 4, down 3% on 2011. The two other ‘German’ (although US-owned) mainstream brands fall heavily: Opel is down 16% to #5 and Ford down 11% at #6, even passed by Skoda and threatened by Hyundai in December

Germany t Spain) is now Seat’s #1 market in the world.

Check out the Top 50 best-selling brands in Germany in 2012 here

Korean brands lodge the best performances in the Top 20: Hyundai is up 16% to #9 and Kia up 30% to #16, with Seat (+15%) and Dacia (+9%) also performing very well. Further down, Land Rover is up 67% to #27 thanks to the Evoque and Subaru is up 52% to #28. Notice also Ferrari up 12%, Bentley up 40% and Lamborghini up 23%.

Check out the Top 50 best-selling brands in Germany in 2012 here

VW Golf

In the models ranking, the VW Golf is unsurprisingly the most popular model in the country for the 32nd consecutive year (no interruption since 1981!) and for the 37th time in the last 38 years, with only the Mercedes W123 interrupting its reign in 1980. It sells 240,702 units for a 7.8% market share, down 7% on 2011 but the arrival of the 7th generation late this year should give it a kick in 2013.

Check out the Top 300 best-selling models in Germany in 2012 here

In fact the podium is unchanged on 2011 with the VW Passat (-14%) and Polo (-16%) following in the ranking, making it the 2nd year in a row (and ever) that Volkswagen monopolises the year-end German podium.

Mercedes B-Class

The Mercedes C-Class (-13%) and Opel Astra (-23%) exchange positions, while the BMW 3 Series is up one spot to #6. But the most impressive progression in the Top 10 is without a doubt delivered by the Mercedes B-Class, boosted by the arrival of the new model. It simply doubles its sales vs. last year and gains 21 spots to reach a record #7 at 59,420 units, even breaking into the monthly podium for the very first time in September at #3. The BMW 1 Series, also supported by a new generation, is up 7 ranks and 12% to #8 with 59,241 sales and hits a record #2 in December.

VW Tiguan

The other model hitting a significant milestone this year is the VW Tiguan, up 8 spots and 22% to a best-ever #11 at 55,615 units. While it had only broken into the monthly Top 10 twice before 2012, it repeats this feat no less than 7 times this year, peaking at #7. The Audi A6/A7 is also up 8 ranks to #13, the Skoda Octavia is stable at its highest ever year-end ranking (#17) while the VW Up! manages to break into the German year-end Top 20 for its first full year of sales in the country at #20 with 42,842 units.

The Nissan Qashqai is the #1 ‘true’ import in Germany in 2012

Check out the Top 300 best-selling models in Germany in 2012 here

Given Skoda and Seat are 100% owned by the Volkswagen Group, the best-selling ‘true’ foreign model in Germany this year and for the first time ever is the Nissan Qashqai in spite of sales down 11% to #29. It only just passes the Hyundai i30 at #30 (-12%) with the Renault Megane (#37), Toyota Yaris (#38) and Renault Clio (#40) the only other imports in the Top 40.

Mercedes ML-Class

 Other great performers include the Opel Zafira up 52% to #26, Audi Q3 up 778% to #34 for its first full year of sales, Hyundai ix35 up 44% to #48, Mercedes GLK up 34% to #51, Mercedes ML-Class up 117% to #58 and Hyundai i40 up 433% to #87. 4 all-new models appear in the Top 100: the Peugeot 208 lukewarm at #66, the Mazda CX-5 at #86, Skoda Citigo at #90 and Seat Mii at #97.

Check out the Top 300 best-selling models in Germany in 2012 here

In the luxury segment, notice the Porsche Cayenne up 40% to #89, Range Rover Evoque up 377% #123, BMW 6 Series up 79% to #161, Mercedes SL-Class up 256% to #170, Bentley Continental up 54% to #257 and the Lamborghini Aventador up 633% to #303.

You can also check the previous year ranking: Germany Full Year 2011: VW Golf, Passat and Polo on podium

There you go.

You now know everything to know about what the Canadians bought in 2012.

You’re welcome.

QOTD: Time For A Luddite Trim Level?

Time For A Luddite Trim Level? In the endless rush to attract younger buyers, luxury car brands may have ended up alienating their traditional customer base – older buyers, specifically those old enough to collect social security – by implementing complex, technologically advanced features like touch screens and complicated infotainment systems. What if there were a way to opt-out?


Larry Vellequette of Automotive News has jokingly suggested a “Luddite” trim package for older buyers, which pairs traditional knobs and buttons with comfortable seating options. It may be a semi-satirical idea, but I am sure that plenty of older buyers would take well to it. I know of a few instances where older buyers have gone for the car that offers the least technology, even if it meant forsaking the brands they were traditionally loyal to.

That has meant traditional customers of Lincoln and Cadillac have shifted over to something like a Lexus ES350, because they found CUE or MyLincoln Touch to be too much of a burden. Bear in mind that these are the sort of people who find sending an email to be a great technological feat, and it’s not hard to understand their reluctance in embracing in-car computerization.

Vellequette notes that the resistance to touchscreens and their ilk is ultimately a futile pursuit. It’s also true that this demographic is literally a dying one, and the future of these brands will be with those who are technologically savvy. On the other hand, those with the means to buy new cars tend to be older. Perhaps the solution would be the ultimate automotive tech cliche – an iPad-like interface with a simple menu and easily recognizable icons. Though I’m not a “Mac Guy”, Apple products like the iPad and iPod seem to click with older users, with a minimum of futzing around required to operate them.

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Four Tips for Driving in the Rain

As you take the journey to your home, you may experience rainy conditions on the road, whether it’s a slight drizzle or a serious thunderstorm. Navigating through the wet weather requires you to take extra caution – here are a few tips for helping you drive through the rain. Here are Four Tips for Driving in the Rain from

Stay in the Middle

Most roads are shaped so there’s a slight incline leading up to the middle of the thoroughfare, so the water will drain down to the sides. recommends keeping your vehicle in the center of the road to avoid driving through large accumulations of water.

Go Easy on the Brakes

As you come to a stop, you should avoid putting immediate and forceful pressure on the brake, as this can cause your wheels to lock up. Combined with the wet roads, this can also cause your vehicle to skid. Instead, pump the brakes and only apply a slight bit of pressure. This makes it extra important to constantly look at the road ahead so you can begin stopping earlier.

Replace Wiper Blades

Wipers can get worn down, but you might not realize it until it rains and you have decreased visibility. Before you begin your journey, replace your wiper blades.

Keep Calm in Hydroplane

If your car begins to hydroplane, The Weather Channel warns against immediately braking or suddenly turning to correct your path. Instead, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal until you regain control. If you begin to skid, the source notes that you should take your foot off the gas pedal and try to steer the car where you want it to go. Don’t try to use the brakes if you don’t have anti-lock brakes, but if you do, steer into the skid.

If you feel your car is unsafe, then sell your car or buy a new one in and around Vancouver or Surrey and the lower mainland at

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Used Car For Sale Vancouver BC


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In fact many customers who have dealt with our used car dealerships in Surrey have said that these dealerships are by far the best dealerships and service that they’ve worked with. We’ve had customers go in on a service request and found out that the some of the items were under recall and would be covered! What honesty!


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 Sell Car Vancouver


Selling your car in Vancouver? Get ready for the downside of things. First you have to deal with later than wanted phone calls, interacting with strangers – often more sketchier type of people than you’d like to see, as well as paperwork hassles.


Three tips to steer you through selling your car.


List your Car and sell it on

Let used car dealers throughout Vancouver sell your car for you. Avoid the inconvenience of direct negotiation, time, advertising fees, and the accompanying risks that come with selling your car privately.


Toss the “Used Car for Sale” sign and your private phone number written on it.

Why bother encouraging crime opportunities. Advertise your car on and what will most likely happen is that callers will soon find out that your car has already sold! Also it will likely be sold at a better price since dealers are great at negotiation. Takes Care of the Identity and Insurance Issues.

Sell your car in Vancouver privately and you may have identity and insurance issues. Firstly, you are legally responsible for who you end up selling your car to as well as if they get in an accident during a test drive. Let the used car dealers in Vancouver List your car and take care of Identity, Insurance and even the frauds out there.

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What’s y our budget for a used car?

Remember that there’s always financing options in addition to your budget. It’s almost better to find out what kind of financing options you qualify for first, then narrow down your search by price and / or type of car needed.


Features that you can’t live without

You’re never going to find a perfect used car, but one thing you can do is ensure that the one you do buy has most of the features you need. For example, double sliding doors on a mini-van is a popular choice among young families with more than 1 child. Or if you do a lot of high-way driving, make sure there’s cruise control on that used car you want to buy in Vancouver.

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See our most current Used Car Posting on Craigs List, Vancouver BC: AD9152 201322510039100348

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