* 23 new posts have been uploaded – click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links *
Historical info back to 1983 is now available for Europe! I have also added every Monthly Top 10 from 1996 to 1999 and from 2005 onwards, so you can see the complete evolution of the market over the years.
Out of the last 28 years, the VW Golf was the best selling car on the continent for no less than 24 years, with only four other cars holding the pole position at year-end: the Fiat Punto in 1997, Peugeot 206 in 2003, Opel Astra in 2006 and Peugeot 207 in 2007.
If you go into the detail of each month, then a few more cars managed to lead the European market for that amount of time: the Renault Megane, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Renault Clio and Opel Corsa all ranked #1 at some stage over the last 20 years.
Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 23 new posts.
The Toyota Corolla spent the eighties reinforcing its domination over world car sales, with estimated yearly sales climbing into 800,000+ units in the first half of the decade, then 900,000+ units afterwards.
Two new generations of the Corolla were launched over the period: the fifth generation (or E80) launched in May 1983, and the sixth generation (E90) appeared in May 1987.
I could not access any official sales data so if you have any please make sure to get in touch!
Launched in 1980, the Ford Escort Mk III was an instant hit in the UK and took the lead of the models ranking as early as 1982. It stayed on top for 8 consecutive years until 1989. If you have more information about car sales in the UK over the period please make sure to get in touch.
No official data for European car sales over the period, only the name of the best-seller: the VW Golf, taking advantage of the launch of its 2nd generation in 1983, climbs onto the top European spot and keeps it that way for at least 5 years until 1987.
If you have access to official car sales data for Europe over this period and before please make sure to get in touch!