• Jan 31, 2007


When the people speak, we listen. And apparently so does the German buff book, Auto Motor Und Sport. They polled 100,000 of their own readers and asked them to list their favorite vehicles in ten different segments. Each segment was broken into two categories: Domestic (German brands) and Import.

The results can be viewed by clicking the link, but there were a few tidbits that deserve note. First, when it comes to imports the Germans are big fans of Italian iron. The top slots for the "Middle Class", Luxury Class, Sports Car and Cabrio, were the Alfa Romeo 159, Maserati Quattroporte, Ferrari 599 GTB and F430 Spyder, respectively. Secondly, if buyers were forced to abandon their Audi A6 in the "Upper Middle Class" category, they'd get behind the wheel of a Chrysler 300C. Interesting.

Naturally, the 911 received top honors when it came to crowning the favorite German sports car, while the Merc S-class took the number one spot in Luxury and the BMW 3-series was the most preferred mid-size vehicle.

Interestingly, in the "Minicar" category, the MINI took home both the Domestic and Import crown, which gave us a bit of a chuckle.

Check out the results by clicking the "Read" link and feel free to weigh in with your own picks.

[Source: Auto Motor Und Sport, translated by Babel Fish]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes. No particularly brilliant picks.

      Just the usual--which wouldn't surprise me. Europeans are famous for group-think.

      Nobody bucks the trend over there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ya, wonder how much they were paid for that response..


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      • 8 Years Ago

      Well, not really a surprise there. Oh, and I think it's pretty much BS.

      Problem is, IMO most people in Germany care more about the image of a manufacturer than facts, so they will usually prefer domestic brands and/or brands that have a certain cult status (e.g. Ferrari, Mercedes).
      See how there's not a single Asian manufacturer in that whole list? No Skoda, Ford, Opel?

      What they really got is more or less people's "dream cars". Not what they'd actually buy.

      That said, the most reliable way of determining most popular cars in segment X is to look at sales figures. 'nuff said.
      Ben Beauvais
      • 8 Years Ago
      if a 3 series is mid size, a cobalt is, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The stats are for Dec 06 as well as the whole year of 2006. I picked the numbers for the whole year as benchmark.

      As for next year, I don't expect many changes. I think the new C-Class will have the biggest impact. It might just take the mid-range category even though it won't be available for the whole 12 months.

      Also, I think the E-Class might take back the upper-mid-range.

      Other than that I don't see any changes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #1 This ranking pretty much reflects sales in Germany.
      If anyone is interested, here is a very detailed pdf-file:
      http://www.kba.de/Abt3_neu/KraftfahrzeugStatistiken/Reihen/Reihe1_2006_12.pdf

      I'll just post top sales and compare them to the winners:

      Minicars: VW Fox (The Mini is listed under small cars but it would be #3 here)

      Small cars: VW Polo

      Lower mid-class: VW Golf (Audi A3 is #3)

      Mid-range: VW Passat (BMW 3-Series is #2)

      Upper mid-range: Audi A6

      Luxury: Mercedes S-Class

      SUV: BMW X3 (Audi Q7 is #1 full size SUV, #6 overall)

      Convertables: Mercedes SLK (The SL truly is more of a dream car since it's #20 in sales)

      Vans: VW Multivan (The Germans are quite strange when it comes to classifying vans. In the list VW Touran was #1, followed by the MB B-Class but the Multivan was the #1 real van [listed under "Utilities" not "Vans"])

      There's no category for sports cars as they are listed under luxury, but of those sports cars listed there, the Porsche 911 is #1.