BERLIN -- German auto companies sell every second car in western Europe, the head of the country's auto industry body said.
"The market share of German company brands stands at more than 47 percent in western Europe," Matthias Wissmann, president of the German auto industry association (VDA) told Automotive News Europe. "Thus, the German brands, including company brands such as Seat and Skoda within the VW Group, are clearly No. 1."
In Germany, the market share figure is 70 percent.
Both figures are based on 2010 new-car sales.
The VDA's statistics show that the Germans have a U.S. market share of more than 11 percent and a 20 percent share in both China and Brazil.
The Germans' share in Russia was 16 percent and more than 5 percent and rising fast in India. In Japan, German brands made up about 80 percent of all car imports.
"To put it in a catchy way, every fifth new car registered in China or Brazil is a German brand," Wissmann said. "Every seventh new light vehicle registered in Russia is a German brand. And every eighth new car sold in the U.S."
While German automakers are doing well abroad, they have not lost focus on their core market.
"Western Europe remains our home market. This market, which will generate a demand for just under 13 million cars this year, continues to be a stable anchor for our industry."
Last year, German automakers produced 11.6 million passenger cars of which 5.5 million were built domestically and 6.1 million abroad, a figure that is forecast to increase in 2011.
"This year we expect a global production by German manufacturers of about 12.5 million passenger cars," Wissmann said in the interview.
Half of the global production volume of German auto manufacturers will be built in Germany this year.
"For 2011, we expect a domestic production volume of more than 5.9 million cars," Wissmann said. "Germany will remain the backbone of German manufacturers."
The German auto industry will account for about 20 percent of the global passenger car market of about 65 million cars next year, according to Wissmann. He added: "We expect that German manufacturers will gain in weight globally due to their quality and innovation power. There is, therefore, every indication that this will be the decade of the Germans."