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Europe 1996: VW Golf resists Fiat Punto assault

VW Golf

After snatching the pole position from the VW Golf in November last year, the Fiat Punto confirmed its new supremacy by staying on top for a further 3 consecutive months up until February 1996, peaking at 62,592 sales in January, still to this date (2011) the Punto nameplate’s monthly volume record in Europe.

It all seemed like the Punto would stop 13 years of VW Golf domination over European sales. It was not to be. For the remainder of the year Punto sales dropped significantly and the VW Golf kept the title of best selling car in Europe in 1996 with 638,230 sales, down 2%. The Punto is #2 at 560,230 sales (-5%).

Fiat Punto

In 3rd position and up 2 spots and 14% thanks to its facelift, the Ford Fiesta sells 548,580 units and passes the Opel Astra, down to 4th with 509,150 sales (-11%). The Opel Corsa is up one spot in 5th (+6%), ahead of the Ford Escort (-4%). Excellent performance of the VW Polo at #7 with sales up 31%. The Renault Megane (including the Megane Scenic) breaks into the Top 10 with 356,465 sales.

Full Year 1996 and January to May monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

You can check out every monthly Top 10 from January to May 1996 here: Europe 1996 Monthly

Europe Full Year 1996:

Pos Model 1996 96/95 1995
1 VW Golf 638,230 -4% 1
2 Fiat Punto 560,230 -8% 2
3 Ford Fiesta 548,580 14% 5
4 Opel Astra 509,150 -11% 3
5 Opel Corsa 485,618 6% 6
6 Ford Escort 462,986 -4% 4
7 VW Polo 426,890 31% 9
8 Renault Clio 370,773 -6% 7
9 Opel Vectra 363,730 53%  –
10 Renault Megane 356,465 new  –

Source: L’Auto Journal

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