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Europe 2008: VW Golf defies the GFC

VW Golf

After two years of chaos, the European models ranking is back to stability – albeit rocked by the GFC – with only 2 models sharing the #1 spot throughout the year.

The VW Golf is the only model in the Top 10 to see its sales increase year-on-year with 461,539 units, up 6%. It is the best selling car in Europe for the first time since 2005 – for the 22nd year overall since 1983 – and grabs the top spot in January and from April onwards. This return to shape late in the 5th gen’s career could be due in part to the addition of a station wagon. The 6th gen launch in November should make things even easier for the model in 2009.

Peugeot 207

The Peugeot 207’s reign over the European market will have lasted only one short year, like the 206 in 2003. It is #2 with 407,718 sales, down 7%, and was still #1 in February and March. In 3rd place, the Ford Focus stays solid with 364,226 units (-10%), followed by the Opel Corsa.

Audi A4

Two models broke into the Top 10 for the very first time this year. The Audi A4 was up there from July to October, and took advantage of a traditionally messy August to get up to a fantastic #2 position, equalling the ‘large car’ record set by the Opel Vectra in August 1997… The Skoda Fabia also entered the exclusive Top 10 circle in August at 14,131 sales.

Full Year Top 13 and every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

You can check out every Monthly Top 10 here: Europe 2008 Monthly.

Europe Full Year 2008:

Pos Model 2008 08/07 2007 Pos
1 VW Golf 461,539 6% 435,055 2
2 Peugeot 207 406,718 -7% 437,505 1
3 Ford Focus 364,226 -10% 406,557 3
4 Opel Corsa 360,761 -10% 402,173 4
5 Renault Clio 335,920 -12% 382,041 6
6 Ford Fiesta 327,828 -8% 355,933 8
7 Opel Astra 320,878 -20% 402,044 5
8 Fiat Punto 279,115 -26% 377,989 7
9 VW Polo 276,077 -5% 289,382 11
10 VW Passat 253,853 -16% 300,566 9
11 Audi A4 251,499 n/a n/a  –
12 BMW 3 Series 251,140 -15% 295,312 10
13 Fiat Panda 223,441 n/a n/a  –

Source: JATO

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