New project posted on 9 April 2020
70 columns of specifications
Last release: 6 May 2019, including 564 versions launched in 2018 and 190 versions launched in 2019.
Cars sold in Europe. Database being based on AutoKatalog (german car magazine) have 100% coverage for cars sold in Germany which is the biggest car market of Europe. 99% of cars sold in any European country are also sold in Germany. I also added unique cars sold only in UK, communist cars sold only in Eastern bloc, as well as special cars with 2.0 liter engine to comply with Italian tax system.
Source of data: www.oica.net, I compiled all years in one Excel table and chart for easy comparison. Data is updated yearly in March.
Source of data: carsalesbase.com and compiled in Excel by me for easy use in your projects. I update yearly in February when carsalesbase.com publish data for previous year. carsalesbase.com also shows number of cars sold by month, but number of people interested in such data is too small to justify my effort to update monthly. So I included only yearly sales.
Abarth, Aiways, Alfa Romeo, ALPINA, Alpine, Artega, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Union, Bentley, BMW, Borgward, Brilliance, Bugatti, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, CUPRA, Dacia, Daewoo, DAF, Daihatsu, Datsun, DKW, Dodge, Donkervoort, DS Automobiles, e.GO Mobile, Ferrari, Fiat, Fisker, Ford, Glas, Gumpert, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Hyundai Precision, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Jiangling, Karabag, KIA, Koenigsegg, KTM, Lada, Lamborghini, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes, MG, Micro, MINI, Mitsubishi, Morgan, Nissan, NSU, Opel, Pagani, Peugeot, Piaggio, Polestar, Porsche, Proton, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Rover, Saab, SEAT, Skoda, smart, Sono Motors, SsangYong, Subaru, Suzuki, Talbot, Tesla, Toyota, Trabant, Volvo, VW, VW Nutzfahrzeuge, Wartburg, Wiesmann.
European Car of the Year, list of winners, 2nd and 3rd places for 1964-2016, plus 4th to 8th places for 2002-2015, showing number of points for each car model. Source of data: http://www.caroftheyear.org/previous-winners/, compiled in Excel for easy visualization.
Adamo, Agrale, Alfa Romeo, Ariel, Asia, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley:, Bianco, BMW, BRM, Bugatti, Cadillac, Caterham, CBT, Chamonix, Chana, Changan, Chery, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Cross Lander, Daewoo, Daihatsu, DeLorean, Dodge, Effa, Engesa, Envemo, Farus, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Geely, Gurgel, Hafei, Hennessey, Hofstetter, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Iveco, JAC, Jaguar, Jeep, Jinbei, JPX, Kia, Koenigsegg, KTM, Lada, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lifan, Lobini, Lotus, Mahindra, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Mini, Mitsubishi, Miura, MP Lafer, Nissan, Pagani, Peugeot, Pontiac, Porsche, Puma, Ragge, RAM, Rely, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Saleen, Santa Matilde, Santana, Seat, Shineray, Smart, Ssangyong, SSC, Subaru, Suzuki, TAC, Tesla, Toyota, Troller, Volkswagen, Volvo, W Motors.
I have 15+ years experience in researching automobile industry and compile data in Excel… and I am looking for a skilled web developer with high interest in cars, that can help me to provide API beside selling Excel / CSV / SQL files. I give FREE API access to whoever help me!
Car classification in Europe is not officially regulated, instead, it is defined in relative size with other cars.
Today the average lifetime of a car model is 6 years for compact and medium cars and 8 years for mini and luxury cars. Is normal for cars to grow over years, as technology advance and more gadgets should be included under body, but in Europe since 1990s, the cars are growing crazy with about 10-20 cm per model change, which is exaggerate, based on technology evolution, 5 mm per year is enough. This non-natural grow causes companies to abandon large models and introduce new smaller models below existing models.
Some brands do not follow the common class sizes, making cars with intermediate sizes, these are usually considered being part of the smaller class, causing further increase in size of car classes.
Seems that all European companies wants to make a car bigger than competitor’s cars of same class. This leads to 2 cm / year increase in average car length in each class. The cars get fatter also in width, this is an issue for parking design, since in most countries the parking lots are 2.5 m width, most compact cars were under 1.7 m width in 1998 but since 2008 most are over 1.8 m.
The answer of above question depends by how do you define “one model”.
Should we count BMW 3-Series as one model? Should we count each body type (compact, saloon, touring, coupe, cabrio)? Should we count each engine version (318i, 320i, 325i, 330i, 335i, 316d, 318d, 320d, 325d, 330d, 335d, M3, in case of 3-Series E90)? Should BMW M3 or BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo be counted as submodels of 3-Series or as separate models?
PDF chart with 640 most common car models from Europe since WW2 to present. Took 10 hours to write each car model at correct position in the chart, based by year of launch and length in millimeters, using AutoCAD then exported as PDF, useful for garage builders and students or hobbyists researching the car evolution.
The number of models produced by each car manufacturer increased over years, modular platforms allow car markers to produce a large number of models with little cost, creating new niches to cater different types of buyers. But is this really necessary? How long this trend can continue until they realize that have too many models?
If you make a saloon on a platform, and a wagon on a platform, why not make a crossover? Why not make a slightly sportier version of that crossover? Why not make a really sporty version of that crossover? Why not make a coupé version of that crossover? Why not make a slightly sporty version of that coupé version of that crossover based on the saloon? Why not make a really sporty version of the slightly sporty version of that coupé version of that crossover based on the saloon?
I am concerned about car dimensions that grow over years, getting too big for our garages, I was always fascinated by small and basic cars, can such cars be produced in today world? This article shows the smallest cars with 4 seats.
If you are an architect and designing parking garages you may ask how big are the biggest cars. Biggest mass-produced cars are today in 5.1-5.3 meters range, such as Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS, Mercedes S-Class. However, there are few even bigger cars produced in low numbers, some over 6 meters long, they are listed in this article.
Saloon / sedan, hatchback, liftback, estate / station wagon, coupe, cabriolet / convertible, targa top, hardtop, landaulet, town car, MPV / multi-purpose vehicle / minivan, off-road vehicle, SUV / sport utility vehicle, crossover, pickup, leisure activity vehicle
Car classification in Europe is not officially regulated, instead, it is defined in relative size with other cars. Since 1990s, the cars in Europe are growing in length with about 10-20 cm per model change. Seems that all European companies wants to make a car bigger than competitor’s cars of same class, increasing car class standards with about 2 cm per year, which is exaggerate, based on technology evolution, 5 mm per year is enough.