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Europe 2005: VW Golf keeps Opel Astra at bay

VW Golf

In 2005, the VW Golf manages to keeps the title of best-selling car in Europe one more time, but it wasn’t easy. At 476,901 sales, down 14% on 2004, it lodges its lowest volume in 20 years and had to fight hard to stay on top.

Opel Astra

In second place, the Opel Astra delivers a stellar year at 466,841 sales, up 28%. It grabs the monthly top spot in Europe for the first time in 6 years, and does it twice: in September (43,026 sales) and November (34,006 sales).

Ford Focus

Rounding up a podium 100% made of compact cars for the first time ever in Europe, the Ford Focus rides on its substantial facelift to gain 3% and 2 spots at 409,320 units, kicking out of the podium two Peugeots: the 206 at #4 and -21% and the 307 at #5 and -17%. The VW Passat is up to #13 overall but #5 in December, and the Fiat Punto, helped by the Grande Punto launch, reappears in the Top 10 in December.

Full Year Top 14 and July to December Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

You can check out the Monthly Top 10 from July to December here: Europe 2005 Monthly

Europe Full Year 2005:

Pos Model 2005 05/04 2004 Pos
1 VW Golf 476,901 -14% 552,707 1
2 Opel Astra 466,841 28% 363,855 7
3 Ford Focus 409,320 3% 398,124 5
4 Peugeot 206 397,568 -21% 503,888 2
5 Peugeot 307 376,019 -17% 450,819 3
6 Renault Clio 337,104 -11% 378,033 6
7 Renault Megane 331,891 -18% 404,745 4
8 Ford Fiesta 325,831 4% 312,492 9
9 Renault Scenic 295,796 -4% 308,121 10
10 Opel Corsa 275,854 -16% 330,353 8
11 VW Polo 275,251 n/a n/a  –
12 Fiat Punto 265,779 -13% 304,044 11
13 VW Passat 258,331 n/a n/a  –
14 BMW 3 Series 241,784 n/a n/a  –

Source: JATO

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