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Europe 2007: Peugeot 207 edges VW Golf out

Peugeot 207

The European models ranking reaches the height of its competitiveness in 2007 with 6 models holding the pole position at one stage this year.

The Peugeot 207, for its first full year of sales, manages to become Europe’s best seller with 437,505 sales, up 105%. At the start of the year, its best European position was #4 (October 2006). It reaches #2 in February and takes the lead for the first time in April, staying there for 4 consecutive months, a feat no other car had achieved since the Golf in 2004.

VW Golf

After a very weak first half (it was #7 in January, February and March!), The VW Golf fares much better in the 2nd half and misses the overall top spot by only 2,500 sales to rank #2 in 2007 with 435,055 units. It held the top spot 4 times: in August and from October to December.

The Ford Focus stays extremely strong this year with sales down only 3% at 406,557 and still in 3rd place. It is #1 in March. The Opel Corsa, completely relaunched in late 2006, starts the year with a huge bang and ranks #1 in January! It is the very first time it reaches this spot in Europe in the 25-year life of the nameplate! The Corsa is even #1 over the first Quarter and finishes the year 4th, again a personal best, with 402,173 sales up 42%.

Opel Corsa

This is just 129 sales above its big sister the Opel Astra, #1 in 2006 but #5 in 2007 with sales down 8%, however managing to hold the top spot in September. The Fiat Punto was #1 in February, taking advantage of a very strong Italian market, but drops to #7 over the full year at 377,989 sales (-6%).

Full Year 2007 Top 10 and every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

You can check out every Monthly Top 10 here: Europe 2007 Monthly.

Number of months spent at #1 in 2007:

Peugeot 207: 4 (April to July)

VW Golf: 4 (August, October to December)

Ford Focus: 1 (March)

Opel Corsa: 1 (January)

Opel Astra: 1 (September)

Fiat Punto: 1 (February)

Europe Full Year 2007:

Pos Model 2007 07/06 2006 Pos
1 Peugeot 207 437,505 105% 212,932 16
2 VW Golf 435,055 4% 417,894 4
3 Ford Focus 406,557 -3% 418,490 3
4 Opel Corsa 402,173 42% 283,811 11
5 Opel Astra 402,044 -8% 437,673 1
6 Renault Clio 382,041 -11% 431,595 2
7 Fiat Punto 377,989 -6% 401,022 5
8 Ford Fiesta 355,933 1% 353,296 6
9 VW Passat 300,566 -9% 331,414 7
10 BMW 3 Series 295,312 2% 289,053 10

Europe 1st Half 2007:

Pos Model H1 2007
1 Peugeot 207 237,722
2 Ford Focus 229,249
3 Fiat Punto 222,432
4 Opel Corsa 219,311
5 Opel Astra 215,867
6 VW Golf 215,023
7 Renault Clio 213,272
8 Ford Fiesta 198,516
9 VW Passat 162,793
10 BMW 3 Series 158,799

Europe 2nd Half 2007:

Pos Model H2 2007
1 VW Golf 220,032
2 Peugeot 207 199,783
3 Opel Astra 186,177
4 Opel Corsa 182,862
5 Ford Focus 177,308
6 Renault Clio 168,769
7 Ford Fiesta 157,417
8 Fiat Punto 155,557
9 VW Passat 137,773
10 BMW 3 Series 136,513

Source: JATO

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