German cars celebrating their birthdays in 2022

These Germans all have one thing in common: they take one more year in 2022 and all start a new decade! When some show the weight of years, others have not aged. Here is a retrospective of the models released between 1962 and 2012.

TO HAVE. All German cars launched in 2022


audi 80 l

Audi 80 (B1) (1972-1978). The Audi 80 foreshadowed a whole generation of family sedans. It is the ancestor of the Audi A4.

Let’s take advantage of this article on birthdays by starting by celebrating Audi’s one. The brand with the rings is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2022. It was in 1932 that the brands Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer came together under the same coat of arms to form Auto Union. After the war, the factories were dismantled but some of the employees joined those of DKW in Ingolstadt, the city where Audi is currently located.

  • Audi 80 (B1) (1972-1978)
  • Audi 100 (C3) (1982-1995)
  • Audi RS6 (C5) (2002-2004)
  • Audi A8 (D3) (2002-2010)
  • Audi RS4 Avant (B8) (2012-2015)
  • Audi S8 (D4) (2012-2017)
  • Audi A6 Allroad (C7) (2012-2018)
  • Audi S6 (C7) (2012-2018)
  • Audi A3 (8V) (2012-2020)


bmw m3 e36 anniversary
BMW M3 (E36) (1992-1999) The M3 E36 is now 30 years old, making it a classic car. Its rating has soared!

2022 marks the anniversary of BMW’s sports division. This year Motorsport is 50 years old! Who has never dreamed of owning one of these sports sedans in their garage? One of them is just celebrating her birthday … The M3 E36 is 30 years old and thus officially obtains the status of « collector’s car ».

  • BMW 1500 (1962-1964)
  • BMW 3200 CS (1962-1965)
  • BMW 5 Series (E12) (1972-1981)
  • BMW 3 Series (E30) (1982-1991)
  • BMW M3 (E36) (1992-1999)


mercedes sl w194 anniversary

Mercedes-Benz SL (W194) (1952-1953). 70 years ago an automotive icon was born: the Mercedes SL, for « Sport Leicht ». She won the famous Panamericana race at her exit.

The brand with the star is celebrating several model anniversaries in 2022. The Mercedes 190 ou Baby-Benz – symbol of the constructor – celebrates its 40th spring. The CLK-Class (W209) and the E-Class (W211) are 20 years old while the CL Coupe (C140) becomes 30 years old. Finally, a second Mercedes legend is in the spotlight this year: the SL. A 70-year-old granny who hasn’t aged a bit!

  • Mercedes-Benz SL (W194) (1952-1953)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLC (C107) (1972-1981)
  • Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201) (1982-1988)
  • Mercedes-Benz CL (C140) (1992-1999)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W211) (2002-2009)
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK (W209) (2002-2010)
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class (W176) (2012-2018)
  • Mercedes-Benz Citan (W415) (2012-2021)


opel corsa a birthday
Opel Corsa (A) (1982-1993) The Corsa A is the first in a line of successful city cars. Six generations have succeeded each other for 40 years.

At Opel, the year 2022 marks the 60e anniversary of the Opel Kadett A, one of the ancestors of the Astra! The German manufacturer is also celebrating the half-century of the Commodore B which, in 1978, was ousted by the Monza. Generation A2, launched in 1982, is just celebrating its 40th anniversary. Let us also wish « Alles Gute zum Geburtstag » to the first Opel Corsa of the name which also joins the club of the forties.

  • Opel Kadett (A) (1962-1965)
  • Opel Commodore (B) (1972-1978)
  • Opel Monza (A2) (1982-1986)
  • Opel Corsa (A) (1982-1993)
  • Opel Vectra (C) (2002-2008)


porsche 911 carrera rs 2.7 anniversary
Porsche 911 Carrera RS (1972-1973) The Carrera RS is a myth of the 1970s, recognizable among a thousand thanks to its duck tail spoiler and its specific livery matching the Fuchs rims.

A 911 celebrates its anniversary in 2022, it’s the legendary Carrera RS 2.7! She is celebrating her 50th birthday. Two unloved purists are also entering a new decade: the 944 (40 years) and the 968 (30 years).

  • Porsche 911 Carrera RS (1972-1973)
  • Porsche 944 (1982-1989)
  • Porsche 968 (1992-1995)


smart crossblade anniversary
Smart Crossblade (2002-2003) This stripped-down Fortwo without roof, windshield or doors was produced in a limited series of 2000 numbered copies.

20 years ago a real ORNI called Crossblade came out. A car without roof, windshield or doors, limited to 2,000 numbered copies, 50 of which are reserved for France. When it was released, the Crossblade demanded more than € 25,000 from its future owner. His career was short-lived and Smart never renewed the project.


volkswagen type 4 412
Volkswagen Type 4 (412) (1972-1974) The Volkswagen Type 4 (412) had a very short career. It precedes the Passat, which will be launched in 1973.

Before it turns into a minivan, the Volkswagen Caddy was a pickup. In 2022, he celebrates his 40th birthday. As for the Volkswagen 412, the little-known ancestor of the Passat, it joins the club of fifties.

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