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Europe 1999: Opel Astra a serious threat to the VW Golf

Opel Astra

8 years after the nameplate was launched and 6 months after the 2nd generation appeared in showrooms, the Opel Astra achieves what it had been designed for: act as a serious threat to the VW Golf in Europe. During the whole of 1999, Opel Astra and VW Golf sales are neck-to-neck. End of year figures are to the advantage of the Golf at 703,604 sales vs. 683,870 for the Astra.

VW Golf

In March, both models break volume records: the Golf sells 80,720 units (+49%) and the Astra delivers 77,950 sales (+121%). These figures remain unbeaten. In May, the Astra passes the Golf for the very first time with 61,300 registrations vs. 60,100. I don’t have figures for every month of 1999 but it is safe to assume the Astra repeated this feat a couple of times.

The Renault Megane is still very strong this year at 576,291 sales (-1%), roughly 300,000 of which are the Megane Scenic SUV version, whereas its little sister the Renault Clio continues to progress, up 3 spots and 16% in 4th position with 487,004 sales.

Ford Focus

Two all-new models launched in 1998 establish themselves in the Top 10 this year. The Ford Focus, an edgy Escort replacement, fares best with a massive 472,182 sales at #5 for its first full year, and the Peugeot 206 delivers an equally impressive 439,060 units at #8. The VW Passat leads its category and breaks into the Top 10 with 322,829 units and the BMW 3 Series jump into the Top 10 in July with 29,310 sales.

Full Year 1999 Top 10 and Monthly Top 10 for March, May and July 1999 below.

You can check out the Monthly Top 10 for March, May and July 1999 here: Europe 1999 Monthly

Europe Full Year 1999:

Pos Model 1999 99/98 1998 Pos
1 VW Golf 703,604 5% 672,662 1
2 Opel Astra 683,870 22% 558,717 4
3 Renault Megane 576,291 -1% 582,112 2
4 Renault Clio 487,004 16% 418,748 7
5 Ford Focus 472,182 new n/a  –
6 Opel Corsa 455,724 -8% 498,059 5
7 Fiat Punto 448,789 -20% 560,986 3
8 Peugeot 206 439,060 new n/a  –
9 VW Polo 355,071 -17% 426,256 6
10 VW Passat 322,829 -7% 348,241 11

Source: JATO

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