Archive for January, 1961

Sweden 1960: VW Beetle and Volvo PV dominate

January 31st, 1961 No comments

Volvo PV544

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In 1960 the VW Beetle is still the best-selling model in Sweden with a huge 18.6% market share and it is followed by the Volvo PV 444/544 at a very imposing 14.7%. On the third step of the podium, the Opel Rekord is also very successful at 10.9% share. The Volvo Amazon is #4.

Full Year 1960 Top 4 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Sweden

France 1957-1960: Renault Dauphine reigns

January 20th, 1961 1 comment

Renault Dauphine

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Launched in 1956, the Renault Dauphine is an instant hit and becomes the best-selling car in France as early as for its first full year of sales in 1957. Production figures are immediately very high: 280,000 units in 1958, 395,000 in 1959 (a record at the time) and 382,000 in 1960.

Peugeot 403

The Peugeot 403 is also a real success over the period, peaking at 182,000 units in 1958. Following up on its title of best-seller in 1956, the Simca Aronde stays on the podium over the period, peaking at #2 and 205,000 units in 1959.

Citroen 2CV

This is also the time the Citroen 2CV became a (sort of) blockbuster, more than 10 years after its original launch: from #4 at 125,000 units produced in 1958, it went up to #3 both in 1959 with 146,000 units and in 1960 at 152,000. Notice the Citroen DS/ID at #5 in 1960 with 78,000 units.

Full 1958, 1959 and 1960 Top 5 Ranking Tables below.

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Norway 1959-1960: VW Beetle reclaims #1 spot, hits 22.4% share

January 3rd, 1961 No comments

VW Beetle

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If car sales in Norway slow their progression in 1959 at just +2% to 18,979 registrations, it shoots up again in 1960 at +66% to 31,482 units. Interrupted by the Volvo 444/445/544 in 1957 and 1958, the VW Beetle resumes its leadership of the Norwegian market and even reaches its highest ever share in the country over the period: it sells 4,082 units in 1959 for a 21.5% share and 7,059 in 1960 for a record 22.4% share…

Volvo PV445 Duett

The Volvo 444/445/544 is down to #2 in 1959 at 11.7% and to #5 in 1960 at 5.2%, replaced in the 2nd spot by the Ford Anglia with 3,693 sales and a brilliant 11.7% share.

Moskvich Karat M408

Skoda is up 62% to #3 in 1959 but falls back to #6 in 1960, passed by the Opel Olympia/Rekord and Renault Dauphine while Moskvich ranks #7 in 1959 and #9 in 1960.

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Full Year 1959 and 1960 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Norway