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Europe: 1983-2010 Historical Data now available

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

1998 VW Golf

* 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.

The Peugeot 206 was #1 in Europe in 2003

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.

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Poland February 2011: Skoda Fabia in the lead

April 18, 2011 2 comments

21,763 new cars were sold in Poland in February, up 1% year-on-year. For the first time since 2009, the Skoda Fabia is the best selling car in the country, ahead of its big sister the Skoda Octavia with 908 sales (4.2%) vs. 856 (3.9%). The Octavia is still #1 year-to-date at 6.1% share, with the Fabia #2 at 5%, both well above their 2010 levels.

In 3rd position, the Opel Astra gains one spot on January at 789 sales (3.6%) and is also #3 year-to-date at 3.8% share. It is followed by the Fiat Punto and Ford Focus. Notice the excellent performance of the Chevrolet Aveo, outside the Top 20 in 2010 but #8 in 2011 year-to-date.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Slovenia March 2011: Clio and Megane on top, Peugeot 508 arrives

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment


Peugeot 508

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Slovenian car sales are stable in March at 5,909 registrations. The podium is unchanged vs. February and 2010, with the Renault Clio in the least at 6.2% share, followed by the Renault Megane (4.7%) and  VW Polo (3.4%).

The Opel Astra climbs to 4th place with 174 sales and 2.9%, ahead of the VW Golf at 2.7% and the Peugeot 207 at 2.4%. At #10 with 2.2% share, the Peugeot 308 gains 10 spots on February, the Renault Scenic gains 12 spots at #11, the Opel Insignia gains 29 at #12 and the VW Passat gains 15 at #23.

Notice the Peugeot 508 in the Top 50 for the first time at #49 with 37 sales and 0.6% of the market.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Croatia March 2011: Skoda Octavia #1 thanks to… police fleet!

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Skoda Octavia Policija. Picture by Rescuenav, all rights reserved.

Croatian car sales are up for the third month in a row, an encouraging +12% in March at 3,836 units. Once again the Skoda Octavia takes the lead with 255 sales and 6.5% share. Local website Slobodna Dalmacija explains part of this sales surge by the high volume of Police fleet deliveries of the model over the period!

In #2 comes the Opel Astra at 5.8%, followed by the Renault Megane (3.6%), Renault Clio (3.5%) and VW Polo (3.3%). Dacia places two models in the Top 10: the Sandero in 8th position (2.7%) and the Duster in 10th (2.5%), breaking into the Top 10 for the very first time in Croatia.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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UK March 2011: Ford Fiesta reclaims pole position

April 12, 2011 1 comment

UK car sales are down for the 9th month in a row, at -8% in March with 366,101 registrations. March and September are traditionally the strongest months of the year in the UK as they coincide with the launch of new licence plates that act like a new model year.

For the first time since last November, the Ford Fiesta is #1 with 19,676 sales and 5.4% share, and given the weight carried by this month in the year-to-date ranking  the Fiesta is now also #1 in 2011 overall at 5% of the market.

The new generation Ford Focus comes in at #2 with 14,370 sales and 3.9%, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa at 13,556 units (3.7%) and Vauxhall Astra at 10,704 (2.9%). The VW Golf, #1 last month, is 5th at 10,282 units and 2.8%.

The Vauxhall Insignia stays strong at #6 whereas the Peugeot 207, Mini and BMW 3 Series all climb back into the Top 10.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Austria March 2011: Opel Astra and Ford Focus up

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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Austrian car sales are up 8% in March at 35,869 registrations and up 16% year-to-date at 87,865. VW tops the ranking as usual with the Golf at 1,701 units and 4.7% and the Polo at 1,249 sales and 3.5%.

The Opel Astra is up 9 spots on February to #3 at 1,181 sales and 3.3%, whereas the Ford Focus, boosted by the new generation now in showrooms, is up 15 spots to #4 with 846 units and 2.4%, and the VW Passat is up 9 places at #8 (1.8%).

Two all-new models break into the Top 100: the Peugeot 508 is 60th with 203 units, and the Chevrolet Orlando is 91st at 123 sales.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Finland March 2011: Skoda Octavia and Toyota Avensis on top

April 2, 2011 Leave a comment

The Finnish car market is going from strength to strength this year, up a massive 38% in March at 12,445 sales and up 23% year-to-date at 35,349 registrations. This month the Skoda Octavia takes the lead at 562 sales and 4.5% share, just above the Toyota Avensis at 548 units and 4.4%.

The Nissan Qashqai jumps back onto the podium for the first time in 6 months at 496 sales and 4%, followed by the Opel Astra at 3.7%. The VW Golf is down to a weak 5th place at 3.5%. This brings its year-to-date total to 1,679 registrations, still keeping the lead but only 25 units above the Octavia and 47 above the Avensis.

The Hyundai i30 has an exceptional month in 6th place at 407 sales (3.3%), and the Volvo XC60 is up 15 spots at #13 with 199 sales.

Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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