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Argentina 1990-1993: Fiat Duna leads the way

January 19th, 1994 1 comment

Fiat Duna

* Many thanks to Bruno for making this post possible! *

Over the period the Fiat Duna, a Fiat Uno Sedan, is the best-selling car in Argentina, also helped by a facelift at the end of 1990. At this stage no sales data or more detailed ranking available, so please get in touch if you have more info!

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Denmark 1992/1993: Opel Astra and Toyota Carina dominate

January 19th, 1994 No comments

Opel Astra

* See the Top 50 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks to STAC *

For 1992 I only have official data for the first 5 months of the year, but for 1993 thanks to STAC I have a Top 50 models for the Full Year. In 1992, the Opel Astra dominates the ranking with 6.5% share ahead of the Toyota Carina (6.1%), Ford Escort and Mazda 626 (both at 5.4%) and Toyota Corolla (4.9%).

Toyota Carina

Over the first 5 months of 1993 the Danish new car market is down 17% to 33,210 registrations. Over the full year 1993, the Top 3 best-sellers both improve their share: the Opel Astra is the most popular car again with 5,984 sales and 7.3%, the Toyota Carina ranks 2nd at 5,191 units and 6.3% and the Toyota Corolla is up 2 spots to #3 with 5,031 sales and 6.1%.

The Ford Escort is 4th at 4.7%, followed by the Ford Mondeo (all-new for 1993 and already #5!) and VW Golf both at 4%. The Citroen Xantia lands directly at #7 with 3,041 sales and 3.7% ahead of the Mazda 626 (3.6%) while the Skoda Favorit is #9 at 2,892 units and 3.5%.

Next post: Denmark 1994: Toyota Carina takes the lead in market up 70%

Full 5 months 1992/1993 Top 30 and Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Greece 1993: Toyota Corolla ahead

January 17th, 1994 1 comment

Toyota Corolla

* See the Top 50 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to STAC *

After a record year in 1992, the Greek new car market is down 26% to 147,789 registrations in 1993. Taking the relay from the Nissan Sunny, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling model in the country this year with 8,620 sales and 5.8% share. The Seat Ibiza ranks 2nd at 7,271 units and 4.9% ahead of the Nissan Sunny with 6,701 sales and 4.5%. Two Fiats follow: the Cinquecento at #4 and 3.6% and the Uno at #5 and 3.5%.

The Opel Astra, Citroen ZX and Peugeot 106 are also successful while the Rover 200 delivers an impressive 9th place thanks to 4,234 sales. The Renault 19 closes the Top 10. Below, notice the Skoda Favorit at #13, the Suzuki Swift at #15, BMW 3 Series at #16, Hyundai Pony at #18, Alfa Romeo 33 at #19, Lada Samara at #25 and Hyundai Scoupe at #29.

Previous post: Greece 1991-1992: Nissan and Fiat dominate

Next year: Greece 1994: Seat Ibiza in pole position

Full Year 1993 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Brazil 1993: Gol, Uno & Escort on podium, VW Logus lands

January 17th, 1994 No comments

In 1993 the VW Gol keeps the leadership of the Brazilian car market with 180,937 sales (+33%). It was on top 10 months out of 12 and peaked at 18,399 units in July. The Fiat Uno takes the 2nd spot with 147,012 sales and an impressive +69% over 1992. It was #1 in November (16,476 units) and December (15,433).

Ford Escort

The Ford Escort gains 3 spots and ranks 3rd at 89,812 sales and +185%, followed by the Chevrolet Kadett (67,713, +61%) and Monza (66,664, +25%). The VW Logus, launched in February, is the best performing all-new model in Brazil this year. It peaks at #4 and 7,468 sales in October and finishes the year 6th with 43,240 sales. For its first full year of sales the Chevrolet Omega is #11.

VW Logus

Notice a few uniquely Brazilian models further down the ranking: the Ford Versailles (#12), Chevrolet Ipanema (#13), VW Quantum (#15), Ford Royale (#19) and Chevrolet Suprema (#20). The VW Fusca (aka Beetle) enjoys a second life when it is put back into production in September. It is #18 overall.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Turkey 1993: Tofas Sahin/Dogan/Kartal and Renault 9 dominate

January 13th, 1994 4 comments

At 21,189 in 1981, Turkish car sales have been multiplied by 10 in 10 years to reach 238,251 in 1991. They were up 32% in 1992 at 315,505 and are up another 33% over the first 7 months of 1993 at 245,882 units. The bulk of the sales is monopolised by only a couple of models:

The 1st generation Renault 9, still produced in Turkey, takes the lead with 43,029 sales and 17.5% share. However the Tofas Sahin (sedan, #2 with 40,079 sales & 16.3%), Dogan (luxury sedan, #3 with 39,341 sales & 16%) and Kartal (station wagon, #5 with 15,982 sales) are just different versions of the same model, a Turkish production of the Fiat 131. All combined, their sales add up to 95,402 units, or 38.8% of the Turkish market! More info on the Tofas Sahin here.

Tofas Sahin

Tofas Dogan

Tofas Kartal

A restyled version of the 1969 Renault 12 is still in production in Turkey and is met with significant success: the Station Wagon version is #4 with 16,966 sales and 6.9% and the Sedan is #7 with 9,344 sales and 3.8%. More pictures and Full 7 months 1993 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Germany 1993: BMW 3 Series on the podium for the first time

January 13th, 1994 No comments

VW Golf

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks to Florian for the data

From over 4 million units in reunification-boosted 1991, the German car market drops to 3.2 million in 1993, a further 19% down on 1992. The VW Golf III goes against the trend are sees its sales go up 5% year-on-year to a whopping 370,719 registrations and close to 12% market share. It sells 43,838 units in March alone, its highest monthly volume in Germany so far.

Opel Astra

The Opel Astra can’t keep up: for its second full year of sales it is already down 17% to 251,070 units but improves its share to 7.9%. Event on the podium: BMW places the 3 Series in third place, up 3 spots to 127,011 sales and 4% market share, the first time a BMW model lands on the podium in Germany since the Isetta in the fifties, and the 3 Series’ best-ever position.

BMW 3 Series

The Audi 80 is up one rank to #4 with 116,726 sales (3.7%), followed by the VW Passat (-35%), Mercedes 200/300 renamed E Class (-15%) and the Ford Escort/Orion (-8%). These seven models all sell more than 100,000 units in Germany this year, down from 10 in 1992.

Renault 19

Very solid in 11th place, the Renault 19 is by far the best-selling foreign model for the 4th year running at 73,591 sales and 2.3%. It even ranked 6th in March with 12,385 sales, its best-ever position in Germany. The Renault Clio follows at #17 and 1.5%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla (#21) and Mazda 323 (#22). Two new models land directly in the Top 20: the Ford Mondeo is #14 at 1.8% and the Mercedes C-Class, replacing the 190, ranks 15th at 1.6%. For the first time ever, a Korean model break into the annual German Top 50: the Hyundai Pony is #45 with 14,694 sales and 0.5%.

Full Year 1993 Top 100 and each monthly Top 15 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Germany

Canada 1993: Chevrolet Cavalier last Passenger Car to top overall ranking

January 3rd, 1994 No comments

Chevrolet Cavalier

Thanks to Pedro we now know that the Chevrolet Cavalier was the best-selling vehicle overall in Canada in 1993 thanks to 43,762 sales. This is the last year a Passenger Car dominates the overall ranking in Canada…

Categories: Canada