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Volkswagen Emerges as Sales Leader in Germany’s EV Market for 2023, Surpassing Tesla

Volkswagen establishes a dominant presence in Germany’s EV sector, outperforming Tesla in electric car sales from January through July.


  • Volkswagen secures the lead in Germany’s EV market, surpassing Tesla and other luxury domestic brands.

  • Newly launched models like the ID. Buzz passenger van contribute to Volkswagen’s success.

  • The potential of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz in North America is significant.


Volkswagen has solidified its position as a frontrunner in the German electric vehicle (EV) landscape, surpassing not only Tesla but also luxury domestic marques like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW in EV sales during the initial seven months of this year.

2024 Volkswagen ID. Buzz | Photo: Volkswagen

As per information furnished by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), Volkswagen registered a commendable 41,475 EV units in Germany from January to July, outstripping Tesla’s 40,289 units. Both these brands have far outpaced the competition, with Mercedes-Benz securing the third spot with 20,613 registrations. Audi and BMW trail behind in fourth and fifth places, having recorded 16,786 and 15,987 registrations, respectively. Hyundai claims the sixth position, narrowly behind, with 15,411 registrations.

2024 Volkswagen ID. Buzz | Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s upward trajectory can be attributed to the success of its recently launched EV models, with special emphasis on the ID. Buzz passenger van and its commercial iteration, the ID. Buzz Cargo. The all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz, particularly following an augmented production volume, garnered noteworthy attention from customers, clocking sales of 2,815 units in Germany during the first seven months, including an impressive 536 units in July alone. Although constituting less than 7% of the brand’s entire EV registrations, the ID. Buzz played an instrumental role in securing Volkswagen’s dominant market position.

2024 Volkswagen ID. Buzz | Photo: Volkswagen

Zooming out to the broader context, Volkswagen’s EV portfolio showcased remarkable performance. The ID.4, coupled with its coupe-inspired counterpart, the ID.5, alongside the high-performance GTX variants, formed the cornerstone of the brand’s EV sales with a commendable 22,405 units. Following suit, the ID.3 hatchback accounted for 13,647 registrations, while the e-up city car secured 2,943 registrations.

2024 Volkswagen ID.7 | Photo: Volkswagen

In Tesla’s case, the Model Y shone as the star performer in Germany, constituting nearly 75% of the brand’s registrations with an impressive 29,829 units within the seven-month span. The Model 3 followed suit with 9,045 registrations, while the Model S and Model X trailed behind substantially, recording 855 and 494 registrations, respectively.

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As the surge in electric vehicle registrations continues its upward trajectory in Germany, there’s a noteworthy rise in prominence for Chinese-owned brands, such as SAIC’s MG, Geely’s Polestar, and BYD, signaling a dynamic shift in the market landscape.

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Furthermore, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz holds considerable promise in North America, leveraging its success in Germany as a stepping stone. Capitalizing on the demand for electric vehicles and Volkswagen’s robust brand recognition, the ID. Buzz stands to carve a significant niche in the North American market. Flaunting a distinct design, versatile functionality, and an augmented production pace, the ID. Buzz aligns seamlessly with the preferences of “adventurous” North American consumers seeking innovative and ecologically sound mobility solutions.


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