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Europe 2002: VW Golf only 500 units above the Peugeot 206

VW Golf

2002 started swimmingly well for the Peugeot 206: #1 over the first Quarter, #1 over the first Half…but it was just not meant to be. The VW Golf keeps the European best-seller title in 2002, a position it has held 19 of the last 20 years, but only by the skin of its teeth: a mere 500 units separate the two models at year end! Never before was the European title as hotly contested.

Peugeot 206

The VW Golf finishes the year at 587,600 sales (-10%) and the Peugeot 206 is at 587,100 (-6%). For the first time ever, the Ford Focus climbs onto the European podium with 514,450 units (-5%), whereas the Renault Clio gains two spots in 4th place with 497,700 sales (+1%).

A new model lands in the European Top 10 for the first time this year: the Peugeot 307, launched in mid-2001, delivers 437,100 units for its first full year, ranking at a remarkable 5th place, above the Opel Astra in 6th. The Fiat Punto dives to #7.

Peugeot 307

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

Europe Full Year 2002:

Pos Model 2002 02/01 2001 Pos
1 VW Golf 587,600 -11% 659,500 1
2 Peugeot 206 587,100 -6% 626,000 2
3 Ford Focus 514,450 -5% 540,300 4
4 Renault Clio 497,700 1% 494,000 6
5 Peugeot 307 437,100 132% 188,405 20
6 Opel Astra 421,600 -16% 501,000 5
7 Fiat Punto 414,500 -24% 543,200 3
8 Opel Corsa 410,900 -10% 455,500 7
9 VW Polo 351,500 18% 297,800 10
10 BMW 3 Series 330,900 -3% 340,000 8

Source: JATO

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