The Kraftfahrt Bundesamt KBA, the national federal office for motoring, has published
the auto sales statistics for 2002 and, the numbers point out that there were better
times once before. At a scanty general economic growth of 0.2% the sales of new cars
have decreased by 2.7%. Nevertheless, Germany remains the most important auto market
in Europe, and the hardest one too.
The native motor industry has recorded the second best result ever, thanks to a
phenomenal successes on international markets, in spite of the global economical crisis.
In Germany, the trend goes in another direction: All German makes have lost market shares.
In contrast, French manufacturers could raise sales of their supposed practical but at
any rate very nice vehicles.
Also the Japanese can be satisfied with this year's turnover here. Particularly Toyota
was successful in recapturing the market share they had once. The absolute losers of that
competition are MG Rover, Lancia and, Chevrolet but American is not completely out how
as the good Jeep sales show. The new Mini has made a thunderous impact, thanks to which the BMW
group's result is a positive one, despite the losses of the make BMW.
The following charts show a few categories. The Top 25 of 2002 is displayed
at our contents site. At this place we will present the statistics itemized by makes in
general, sports car makers, import cars and so on, in the next weeks.
All charts according to German classification of cars which differs from the American or
Asian one which is why we depict the graduation on a new site to make clear which kind of
car belongs to which category of vehicles in Germany. It's available via contents site or
by that link: click...!