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Europe 2000: VW Golf and Fiat Punto in the lead

VW Golf

In 2000 the VW Golf managed to keep its title of best selling car in Europe for the 17th year in the last 18 without too much difficulty. It delivers 690,400 sales for a 4.7% market share, down 2% on 1999. The Opel Astra threat has gone away, with the model already down 16% at 575,400 sales in 3rd place.

Fiat Punto

The Fiat Punto, helped by a dynamic facelift late last year, is back on the podium in 2nd place after fading out to 6th in 1999. It is up 30% this year with 583,900 sales. Continuing to gear up 18 months after its launch, the Peugeot 206 reaches heights unknown to the brand since the eighties and the Peugeot 205. It is 4th, up 3 spots and 27% in 2000 with 556,600 units and passes another recent model, the Ford Focus, down one spot in 5th but with sales up 11% at 525,000 units.

BMW 3 Series

Now two distinct models, Renault Megane and Scenic’s sales are now split and the Scenic is very solid in 9th position with 337,400 sales, up 13%. The BMW 3 Series breaks into the European Yearly Top 10 for the first time with 330,400 sales.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

Europe Full Year 2000:

Pos Model 2000 00/99 1999 Pos
1 VW Golf 690,400 -2% 703,604 1
2 Fiat Punto 583,900 30% 448,789 6
3 Opel Astra 575,400 -16% 683,870 2
4 Peugeot 206 556,600 27% 439,060 7
5 Ford Focus 525,000 11% 472,182 4
6 Renault Clio 481,200 -1% 487,004 3
7 Opel Corsa 420,900 -8% 455,724 5
8 VW Polo 367,700 4% 355,071 8
9 Renault Scenic 337,400 13% 298,000 10
10 BMW 3 Series 330,400 n/a n/a  –

Source: JATO

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