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Europe Full Year 2010: VW Golf leader ahead of Fiesta and Polo Now with Top 50 best selling models

* Top 50 best selling models available thanks to Lancia Lover at  autoweek.nl! See ‘Read more’ below *

The VW Golf is the best selling car in Europe for the 3rd year in a row with 502,307 sales (-12%), ahead of the Ford Fiesta at 425,595 (-10%). The Golf led the market 11 months out of 12, peaking at 56,945 sales in March, paradoxically the only month it didn’t rank 1st.

Like in 2009, the Ford Fiesta was only #1 once, in March, but with 68,630 sales, it delivered the best monthly figure of any model in Europe in the last 8 years! The European models ranking returned to being ‘multi-dimentional’ this year: by ranking 2nd in June, the Opel Corsa put an end to 17 consecutive months of Golf-Fiesta rule.

Four cars progress this year in the Top 10: the VW Polo is at +29% in 3rd (+6 spots) and ranked #2 four times, the Renault Clio is at +11% in 4th (+2), the Opel Astra at +11% in 7th (+3) and the Renault Megane at +18% in 9th (+3).

Other 2010 highlights include the Nissan Qashqai breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in July, and Hyundai becoming the best selling Asian brand for the first time too, ahead of Toyota.

Full Year Top 50, December and every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

Based on JATO figures, European car sales are down 4% in December at 1,026,443 registrations, bringing the 2010 total to 13,692,067 and -5%. In December, the Opel Corsa climbs to a very solid 2nd spot, its best since June, and the Citroen C3 stays in the Top 10, the 3rd time it does so this year.

You can check out every Monthly Top 10 (JATO figures) here: Europe 2010 Monthly

Europe Top 10 December 2010 (JATO figures):

Pos Model Dec % Nov 2010 % Pos
1 VW Golf 34,045 3.3% 1 492,556 3.6% 1
2 Opel Corsa 27,435 2.7% 6 317,950 2.3% 5
3 Renault Clio 26,519 2.6% 4 338,245 2.5% 4
4 VW Polo 24,990 2.4% 2 354,068 2.6% 3
5 Peugeot 207 23,559 2.3% 5 305,468 2.2% 6
6 Ford Fiesta 23,108 2.3% 3 402,207 2.9% 2
7 Opel Astra 22,432 2.2% 9 291,219 2.1% 7
8 Fiat Punto 17,975 1.8% 11 257,645 1.9% 10
9 Renault Megane 17,888 1.7% 8 260,542 1.9% 9
10 Citroen C3 16,198 1.6% 10 224,953 1.6% 12

Europe Top 10 Full Year 2010 (JATO figures):

Pos Model 2010 % /09 Pos 2009 % Pos
1 VW Golf 492,556 3.6% -14% 1 571,075 4.0% 1
2 Ford Fiesta 402,207 2.9% -15% 2 472,158 3.3% 2
3 VW Polo 354,068 2.6% +25% 3 283,069 2.0% 9
4 Renault Clio 338,245 2.5% +8% 4 313,102 2.2% 6
5 Opel Corsa 317,950 2.3% -10% 5 351,858 2.4% 4
6 Peugeot 207 305,468 2.2% -17% 6 367,474 2.6% 3
7 Opel Astra 291,219 2.1% +6% 7 275,906 1.9% 10
8 Ford Focus 262,500 1.9% -15% 8 309,134 2.2% 7
9 Renault Megane 260,542 1.9% +13% 9 231,015 1.6% 12
10 Fiat Punto 257,645 1.9% -20% 10 324,125 2.3% 5

Europe Top 50 Full Year 2010 (Automotive News figures):

Pos Model 2010
1 VW Golf 502,307
2 Ford Fiesta 425,595
3 VW Polo 364,439
4 Renault Clio 348,921
5 Opel Corsa 333,622
6 Peugeot 207 310,827
7 Opel Astra 306,152
8 Ford Focus 292,348
9 Renault Megane 272,612
10 Fiat Punto 266,553
11 Fiat Panda 236,323
12 Citroen C3 230,140
13 Nissan Qashqai 215,982
14 BMW 3 Series 187,623
15 Renault Scenic 187,012
16 Skoda Octavia 186,994
17 Peugeot 308 181,976
18 Audi A3 178,860
19 Audi A4 173,069
20 VW Passat 170,876
21 Fiat 500 165,454
22 Toyota Yaris 165,174
23 Skoda Fabia 162,207
24 Seat Ibiza 157,610
25 Mercedes C Class 151,848
26 Renault Twingo 150,237
27 BMW 1 Series 147,863
28 Mercedes E Class 142,003
29 Dacia Sandero 139,234
30 Opel Insignia 139,012
31 Mini 130,115
32 Peugeot 206+ 121,828
33 Citroen C4 Picasso 120,047
34 Peugeot 3008 117,819
35 Hyundai i30 117,675
36 BMW 5 Series 110,669
37 VW Tiguan 109,722
38 Mercedes A Class 107,183
39 Peugeot 107 106,842
40 Opel Meriva 104,323
41 Citroen C1 102,100
42 Ford Mondeo 100,157
43 Toyota Auris 96,073
44 Hyundai i10 95,671
45 Kia Cee’d 95,629
46 VW Touran 94,927
47 Opel Zafira 90,440
48 VW Golf Plus 84,290
49 Smart Fortwo 83,259
50 Mercedes B Class 82,150

Sources: JATO, Automotive News

Note: JATO European figures include the 27 European Union countries minus Bulgaria, Romania and Malta, plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. Automotive Nnews figures cover more countries but don’t specify which ones. So probably including Bulgaria, Romania and Malta.

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