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France 1993: Renault Clio miles away from the competition

January 30th, 1994 No comments

Renault Clio

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1993 is the worst year since 1975 for French new car sales at 1,721,222 registrations, down 18% on 1992. The Renault Clio is the best-selling car in the country for the 2nd year in a row without any real competition with 172,881 sales and a round 10% of the market, down 26%. It peaked at 11.6% in February. The Renault 19 stays #2 and behaves in line with the market, down 21% to 116,587 units and 6.8% share. The Peugeot 106 is up 4 spots on last year to climb onto the third step of the podium with 89,519 sales and 5.2%.

Peugeot 306

It is followed by the Peugeot 405, up 1 rank but down 28% to 75,243 units and 4.4% share. In spite of a market in decline, there were a lot of newcomers at the top of the ranking this year, with no less than 3 new models breaking into the monthly podium for the first time in 1993… The Peugeot 306 is the most successful, landing directly in 5th place with 74,942 sales and 4.4% of the market. It peaked at #2 with 10,007 units and 6.4% in November.

Renault Twingo

The Renault Twingo, introduced at the Paris Auto Show in September 1992 but only starting sales in March 1993, is not far behind at #7 with 67,226 sales and 3.8%. It ranked #3 as early as for its third month of sales and peaked at #2 with 9,063 units and 7.4% in September, reaching the highest monthly share of all 1993 newcomers.

Citroen Xantia

Finally we have the Citroen Xantia ranking #9 over the Full Year with 62,324 sales and 3.6% share. Interestingly it reached the highest monthly volume of all newcomers at #3 with 11,136 units and 5.8% in July.

The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign model for the 5th time in the last 6 years at #10 with 61,545 sales and 3.6%, followed by the Ford Fiesta (#11) and Opel Corsa (#13). The Renault Safrane goes against the trend and has a fantastic year, up 29% to #16 at 37,937 units and 2.2%. The Ford Mondeo is the best foreign newcomer, directly at #19 with 27,784 sales and peaking at #14 in November.

Hyundai Pony

Further down the ranking, the #1 Japanese model is the Nissan Micra at #38 followed by the Nissan Primera at #39 but it is the Honda Civic (#41) that reaches possibly the highest French ranking so far for a Japanese, hitting #23 with 1,205 sales and 1.2% in July. 1993 is also the year the first South Korean models ever ranked within the French year-end Top 100: the Hyundai Pony is #83 with 1,548 sales and the Hyundai Lantra is #90 at 1,366 units.

3 new brands appear in France this year: Kia with the Sephia at #152 with 196 sales, SsangYong with the Korando at 5 units and Isuzu with the Trooper selling 3 units. Finally, 1993 is the year the Citroen 2CV sold its very last two new units, and the year the Renault 4 disappeared from the monthly ranking for the first time since its introduction in 1961 – it happened in October.

Previous year: see the 1992 French Top 233 best-selling models here.

Full Year 1993 Top 265 and each monthly Top 30 Ranking Tables below.

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Belgium 1993: VW Golf, Opel Astra and Renault 19 on podium

January 30th, 1994 No comments

VW Golf

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(Note these sales figures include Luxembourg) Following the order that characterised Belgium car sales in the eighties, the VW Golf is the best-selling model in the country in 1993 with 23,118 sales and 5.7% ahead of the Opel Astra which has replaced the Kadett in the hearts of Belgian consumers, #2 this year at 18,768 units and 4.6%. The Renault 19 rounds up the podium with 15,017 sales and 3.7%, followed by the Ford Fiesta, Ford Escort and Renault Clio.

Audi 80

The Toyota Corolla lodges an excellent 8th place with 10,732 units and 2.6%, the Audi 80/90 shines at #10 and 10,440 sales, the BMW 3 Series ranks #12, the Toyota Carina is at a very solid 13th position and the Nissan Sunny at #17 makes it 3 Japanese models in the Belgian Top 20 (there are 11 in the Top 50). Notice also the VW Vento at a strong #18 and the Renault Safrane at #22.

Previous post: Belgium 1989: VW Golf and Opel Kadett dominate

Next post: Belgium 1994: VW Golf leads, Ford Mondeo up to #2

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Belgium, Luxembourg

Portugal 1993: Opel Corsa grabs over 11% of the market

January 30th, 1994 No comments

Opel Corsa

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After a few years of Fiat Uno domination, it’s now the Opel Corsa that takes the lead of the Portuguese models ranking in 1993 with no less than 26,879 sales for a mammoth 11.1% market share, helped by the new generation of the model launched this year and the arrival of the Uno’s replacement the all-new Fiat Punto. The Renault Clio stays #2 with 20,858 units and 8.6% while the Fiat Uno drops two spots to #3 at 20,473 sales and 8.4%.

Rover 400

The Ford Fiesta is a strong #4 with 15,664 units and 6.4%, the Opel Astra brilliantly leads its category at #5 with 12,331 units and 5.1% whereas the Peugeot 106 is up 3 ranks to #6, ahead of the Citroen AX, Renault 19 and Seat Ibiza. Other great performers include the Toyota Corolla at #11, the Honda Civic at #15, the Rover 200 at #16 and the Rover 400 at #17 (together they would rank #9!). There are 3 more Japanese models in the Top 25: the Nissan Micra at #19, the Nissan Sunny at #21 and the Honda Concerto at #23. Notice also the Hyundai Pony at #27.

Previous post: Portugal 1991-1992: Fiat Uno and Renault Clio most popular

Next post: Portugal 1994: Opel Corsa and Fiat Punto both at 12.4% share!

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Italy 1993: Last year of reign for the Fiat Uno

January 28th, 1994 2 comments

Fiat Uno

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The Italian car market drops 20% in 1993 at 1.885 million registrations. The Fiat Uno enjoys its 11th and last year of domination with 234,329 sales (-30%) and 12.4% of the market. Its replacement, the Fiat Punto, launches in November and immediately takes the lead of Italian car sales with 20,627 units sold that month for a 14% share and 18,247 sales in December (13.7%), adding up to 38,874 in 2 months at #15 by year-end.

Fiat Cinquecento

In 2nd place, the Ford Fiesta passes the Fiat Panda again at 107,640 sales (5.7% share) vs. 105,610 (5.6%). After a slow start last year, the Fiat Cinquecento finally finds its cruising rhythm in 4th position and 89,524 units, up 49% year-on-year. The VW Golf confirms its strength in 5th place (4.6%) and the Peugeot 106 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #10 with 54,105 sales and 2.8% share.

Innocenti Elba

Further down, the Lancia Dedra ranks #18, the Nissan Micra is the best-selling Japanese model at #20 with 24,772 sales and 1.3%, the Ford Mondeo lands at #24, Seat places 3 models in the Top 40 with the Ibiza at #23, the Toledo at #31 and the Marbella at #37, the Maruti 800 ranks #40 and the Innocenti Elba, a rebadged Fiat Uno station wagon is #43 with 7,164 sales.

Previous year: Italy 1992: Fiat Uno and Panda dominate, Fiat Cinquecento arrives

Next year: Italy 1994: Fiat Punto takes control

Full Year 1993 Top 50 and each monthly Top 15 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Italy

UK 1993: Ford Escort stays #1, Ford Mondeo arrives

January 27th, 1994 No comments

Ford Escort

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The UK market is up 11% this year at 1.775 million units, and the Ford Escort is the best selling car in the country again with 122,002 sales and 6.9% share. The Ford Fiesta is up to #2 at 110,449 units (6.2%), just above the Vauxhall Astra, up 26% at 108,264 sales and 6.1%. The Vauxhall Cavalier is down to #4 at 5.9%.

Vauxhall Astra

Ford Mondeo

The Ford Sierra is replaced this year by the Ford Mondeo, up to a flying start: it is #5 overall with 88,260 sales and even ranks #1 in December! The Vauxhall Nova is renamed Corsa to be in line with the Opel version of the model and is up 21% this year. The new Nissan Micra ranks #11 overall, its highest position in the UK so far.

Full Top 100 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Nissan Micra pic.

Nissan Micra

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Categories: UK

Finland 1993: Toyota Corolla sovereign

January 27th, 1994 No comments

Toyota Corolla

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In 1993 the Toyota Corolla dominates the Finnish models ranking with an iron fist at 4,918 sales for a massive 8.8% market share. It is followed by the Opel Astra at 4,306 units and 7.7% and the Nissan Sunny at 4,210 sales and 7.5%. These 3 models are head and shoulders above the competition, with the Toyota Carina holding the 4th spot at 2,555 units and 4.6% ahead of the Opel Vectra (3.7%) and the Volvo 440/460 (3.6%).

VW Vento

Lada is still very strong in Finland compared to the rest of Europe: the 1200/2107 ranks 9th with 1,470 sales and 2.6% while the Samara is #12 at 1,338 units and 2.4%. Notice also the VW Vento at #14 and 2.3%, the brand’s best-seller this year in Finland, the Pontiac Trans Sport at #45 and the Hyundai Pony at #47.

Previous post: Finland 1991: Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sunny in the lead

Next post: Finland 1994-1996: Opel Astra in command

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Finland

Switzerland 1993: Opel Astra surprise leader

January 26th, 1994 No comments

Opel Astra

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1993 is the oldest detailed annual models ranking for Switzerland I can offer you, and there is a big surprise on top: the Opel Astra is the favourite car in the country this year thanks to 15,900 sales and a 6.1% market share, ahead of the VW Golf at 14,920 units and 5.7%. This is however the last year the VW Golf is not #1 in Switzerland, as almost 20 consecutive years of reign is about to follow.

Opel Omega

The Toyota Corolla brilliantly holds the third spot in ’93 with 7,756 sales and 3.1%, followed by the Opel Corsa at 3%, the Opel Vectra at 2.5% and the Ford Mondeo, already #6 at 5,831 units and 2.2% for its first year of sales in the country. Notice also the Opel Omega at #11 and the Subaru Legacy at #13.

Previous post: Switzerland 1980-1989: Golf and Kadett on top, the Japanese land

Next post: Switzerland 1994: VW Golf reclaims top spot

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Switzerland

Australia 1993: Ford Falcon at 11.7%, Mitsubishi Magna at 6.8%

January 24th, 1994 1 comment

Ford EB Falcon

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The Australian new car market continues to improve in 1993, up 2% year-on-year to 555,306 registrations, but still far from its 1990 level. Having reclaimed the top spot in 1992 for just 191 units, the Ford Falcon has a slightly less stressful run this year, up 12% to 62,663 sales and a mammoth 11.7% market share. In the meantime the Holden Commodore is up only 9% to reach 62,663 units and 11.3%. The Mitsubishi Magna/Verada is up again at +11% to 37,671 sales and a stunning 6.8% market share.

Mitsubishi Magna

1993 is the year of the large car: the Toyota Camry/Vienta is up a massive 27% to 32,551 units, making the Top 4 best-sellers 100% large cars like in 1992 but now adding up to a huge 35.7% market share vs. 32.3% last year. The Toyota Corolla is stable at #5, the Toyota Hilux is up 19% and 2 spots to #6 and the Ford Laser is down one and 14% to #7.

Toyota Camry

Notice the excellent performance of the Hyundai Excel, up 7 ranks and 38% to break into the Australian year-end Top 10 for the first time at #10 with 11,582 sales and 2.1%. Further down, the Ford Festiva is up 12 spots and 61% to #17, the Ford Telstar is up 13 and 46% to a brilliant 20th place just below its twin the Mazda 626 at #18 and the popular badge-engineered model, the Toyota Lexcen (aka Holden Commodore) is up 7 and 16% to #21. Among the new entrants in the Top 50 this year, the Hyundai Lantra is up to #39 and the Land Rover Discovery is #41.

Previous year: Australia 1992: Ford Falcon passes Commodore for 191 units!

Next year: Australia 1994: Holden Commodore reclaims top spot

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Spain 1993: Opel Astra new best-seller

January 22nd, 1994 No comments

Opel Astra

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In a market down 16% at 710,000 units, the Opel Astra sees its sales increase by 4% and climbs up 5 spots to go from 6th in 1992 to best-seller in 1993 with 44,754 sales and 6.3% market share.

Renault 19

The Renault 19 stays #2 at 43,149 sales and 6.1%, ahead of the Ford Escort/Orion at 41,217 units and 5.8% and the Renault Clio, leader in 1992 but down 33% to #5 this year with 40,635 sales and 5.7%. The Seat Ibiza is back into the Top 5 thanks to the new generation, up 4 spots and 19% to 40,724 sales and 5.5%, while the Seat Toledo gets out of it, down 36% and 4 ranks to #9.

Seat Ibiza

The VW Golf climbs into the Top 10 at #10 with 26,114 sales and 3.7%, the Ford Mondeo lands directly at an astounding 11th place thanks to 21,363 units sold, the Renault 21 is still #15, the BMW 3 Series ranks #20, the Nissan Primera is the best-selling Japanese at #21 with 8,876 sales and 1.2% share ahead of the Nissan Micra at #27, the Rover Montego is at a surprising #39 and the Hyundai Pony is the only Korean model in the Top 50 at #43.

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Spain

USA 1993: Ford F-Series and Taurus keep the lead

January 20th, 1994 1 comment

Ford F-Series

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Strong year for pickups in the US: the Ford F-Series is up 15% at 544,396 units and the Chevrolet C/K is up 20% with 513,348 sales. Conversely the Ford Taurus, while topping the passenger car ranking for the 2nd year in a row, is down 12% at 360,448 units.

Ford Taurus

The Ford Ranger is up 4 spots and 37% to #4 and 340,184 sales, followed by the Honda Accord down 16%, the Ford Explorer down 1% and the Toyota Camry down 5%. The Chevrolet Cavalier pops back up in the Top 10 at #8 with 293,617 sales.

Previous year: see the 1992 USA post here.

Full Year 1993 Top 182 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: USA