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Europe 1992: New gen VW Golf and Opel Astra on top

VW Golf

The traditional VW Golf / Opel Kadett battle for the European best-seller title takes a completely different direction in 1992. To improve its chances of putting its star model in the top spot, Opel ditches the Kadett nameplate and launches a totally new model, the Opel Astra, to coincide with the launch of the Golf 3.

Opel Astra

And it works, at least at the start. The Astra starts better than the Golf 3 and even takes the leadership in Germany for a couple of months. In Europe, Golf 3 and Astra figures are neck-to-neck throughout the year but the final ranking, adding 2nd gen sales to the Golf figure, sees the VW keep the top spot with 782,800 sales and 5.8%, with the Opel Astra #2 at 674,800 sales and 5%. The Golf nameplate therefore celebrates its 10th consecutive year atop European sales.

BMW 3 Series

In 3rd place the Renault Clio gains 10% at 593,800 sales (4.4%) and passes the Ford Fiesta, down 2% at 580,300 units. The Fiat Uno, down 5%, is 5th at 512,800 sales, followed by the Ford Escort (+9%) and Renault 19 (+10%). Notice the impressive arrival of the BMW 3 Series at #13 with 283,400 sales. The Citroen ZX is #14 and the Peugeot 106 is #17.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

Europe Full Year 1992:

Pos Model 1992 % 92/91 1991 % Pos
1 VW Golf 782,800 5.8% 21% 648,200 4.8% 1
2 Opel Astra 674,800 5.0% new n/a n/a  –
3 Renault Clio 593,800 4.4% 10% 542,100 4.0% 3
4 Ford Fiesta 580,300 4.3% -2% 594,900 4.4% 2
5 Fiat Uno 512,800 3.8% -5% 539,900 4.0% 4
6 Ford Escort 499,400 3.7% 9% 457,800 3.4% 7
7 Renault 19 431,900 3.2% 10% 391,600 2.9% 9
8 Opel Vectra 418,400 3.1% -3% 432,300 3.2% 8
9 VW Polo 310,400 2.3% 4% 298,800 2.2% 12
10 Peugeot 205 309,900 2.3% -36% 484,600 3.6% 6
11 VW Passat 296,900 2.2% -16% 351,400 2.6% 10
12 Opel Corsa 295,100 2.2% -13% 337,700 2.5% 11
13 BMW 3 series 283,400 2.1% n/a n/a n/a  –
14 Audi 80 269,900 2.0% 42% 190,500 1.4% 19
15 Citroen ZX 269,900 2.0% n/a n/a n/a  –
16 Peugeot 405 255,800 1.9% 0% 256,600 1.9% 14
17 Peugeot 106 244,100 1.8% n/a n/a n/a  –
18 Fiat Panda 242,800 1.8% -5% 254,900 1.9% 16
19 Citroen AX 240,600 1.8% -6% 255,700 1.9% 15
20 Ford Sierra 216,600 1.6% -20% 269,900 2.0% 13
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