Germans bought 244,501 cars in December, which brought German sales for the year 2011 to 3.17 million units, up 8.8 percent compared to 2010. According to data released by the German Kraftfahrtbundesamt, the German love affair with oil burners continues unabated: 47.1 percent of all newly registered cars run on diesel. In all of 2011, Germans bought 2,154 EVs and 12,622 hybrids.
Nearly two thirds of cars registered 2011 (64.7 percent) are German brands. The government agency (and everybody else in Germany) counts Opel and Ford as a German brand. Porsche (+15.0 percent) and Ford (+16.5 percent) had the strongest growth amongst domestic brands. With a growth of 11.9 percent, Volkswagen further solidified its overpowering lead. Amongst the import brands, Hyundai gained market share with +16.9 percent. Volvo (+31.4 percent) and Lancia (+60.2 percent) were the biggest gainers amongst the import brands. Detailed data can be downloaded here.