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Europe 2009: VW Golf and Ford Fiesta dominate

VW Golf

This year European car sales were dominated by an unassailable duo: the VW Golf, boosted by the launch of its 6th generation, and the Ford Fiesta, also completely revamped in late 2008. These two models monopolised the top 2 spots all throughout the year.

The VW Golf is the best selling car in Europe for the 23rd year out of the last 27, with sales above the 500,000 mark for the first time since 2004. It lodges its best figure in 7 years at 571,075 sales, up a massive 24%. The Golf was #1 every single month this year except in March, and peaked at 59,629 units in June.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta relaunch is a total success: the model ranks #2 in Europe for only the second time (after 1991) in the 33 year-long life of the nameplate. Its sales figure is up 44% year-on-year at 472,158 units, and it was the first car in 2 years to pass the 50,000 monthly sales mark when it delivered 52,805 units in March, topping the market and interrupting 11 consecutive months of Golf leadership.

Below these two powerhouses, the Peugeot 207 rounds up the podium with sales down 10% at 367,474 units, above the Opel Corsa (-2%) and a Fiat Punto reinvigorated by scrappage schemes (+ 3 spots and 16%). The Fiat Panda delivers its best ever European year in 8th place with 298,914 sales (+34%) and peaked at #5 in February, its best-ever position in Europe, 7 years after the launch of the current model.

The Peugeot 308 makes what would end up being its only two appearances in the Top 10 in June and July, the Skoda Fabia makes August its favorite month and ranks 8th then, and the Renault Megane reappears in the Top 10 in September for the first time since June 2006.

Full Year and every Monthly Top 10 below.

You can check out every Monthly Top 10 here: Europe 2009 Monthly.

Europe Full Year 2009:

Pos Model 2009 09/08 2008 Pos
1 VW Golf 571,075 24% 461,539 1
2 Ford Fiesta 472,158 44% 327,828 6
3 Peugeot 207 367,474 -10% 406,718 2
4 Opel Corsa 351,858 -2% 360,761 4
5 Fiat Punto 324,125 16% 279,115 8
6 Renault Clio 313,102 -7% 335,920 5
7 Ford Focus 309,134 -15% 364,226 3
8 Fiat Panda 298,914 34% 223,441 13
9 VW Polo 283,069 3% 276,077 9
10 Opel Astra 275,906 -14% 320,878 7

Source: JATO

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