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Belgium 1994: VW Golf leads, Ford Mondeo up to #4

January 30th, 1995 No comments

Ford Mondeo

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(Note these figures include Luxembourg) Traditionally relatively stable, the Belgian Top 10 best-sellers are turned upside down this year. Except for the first two spots still occupied by the VW Golf, improving further at 24,659 sales and 5.9% and the Opel Astra with 18,264 units and 4.4%. The Ford Escort is up 2 spots to land on the third step of the podium thanks to 13,601 sales and 3.3%, while its big brother the Ford Mondeo is up a huge 17 ranks to #4 at 12,966 units and 3.1% for its first full year of sales in the country. The Renault 19 is down 2 spots to #5.

Peugeot 306

There are two other newcomers in this year’s Top 10 favourite models: the Peugeot 306 is up 14 ranks to #9 with 10,939 sales and 2.6% while the Citroen Xantia is up 16 to #10 at 10,695 units and 2.6% also. Notice the BMW 3 Series up one to #11, the Mercedes C-Class landing at #21, the Renault Laguna at #22, the Renault Twingo up 123% to #23 and the Fiat Punto at #27.

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

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Full Year 1994 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Belgium, Luxembourg

Portugal 1994: Opel Corsa & Fiat Punto both at 12.4% share!

January 30th, 1995 No comments

Opel Corsa

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For its first full year of sales in the country, the Fiat Punto manages the exceptional feat of coming just 49 units short of the pole position in Portugal in 1994 with 28,904 sales and a huge 12.4% market share, the same share the Opel Corsa hit thanks to 28,953 units sold… The Renault Clio rounds up the podium albeit with sales down 15% to 17,688 and 7.6% share.

Fiat Punto

The Ford Fiesta stays #4, followed by the Peugeot 106 and the Opel Astra still leading its category. The Seat Ibiza is up 3 spots on 1993 to #7 while the Rover 200/400, now merged together, manage an outstanding 10th place with 6,736 sales and 2.9%. The Honda Civic replaces the Toyota Corolla as the Japanese best-seller at #11 with 5,636 units and 2.4%, the Renault Twingo is up 61% to #15, the Renault Laguna lands directly at #18, the Seat Cordoba at #19 and the Lancia Delta is up 114% to #27.

Previous year: Portugal 1993: Opel Corsa over 11% of the market

Next year: Portugal 1995: Fiat Punto takes the lead at 14% of the market

Full Year 1994 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Portugal

Norway 1993-1994: VW Golf and Ford Mondeo strong

January 29th, 1995 1 comment

Ford Mondeo

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The Norwegian new car market goes from 61,000 registrations in 1993 to 85,000 in 1994, and the VW Golf leads both years with 3,970 sales and 6.5% in ’93 and 6,903 and 8.1% in ’94. #2 in ’93, the Opel Astra drops to #3 in ’94 but keeps the same 6.1% market share. The Ford Mondeo manages to rank #4 with 5% share in ’93 even though it was launched during the year. It is up to #2 with 6,100 units and 7.2% in ’94. The Toyota Corolla ranks #3 in ’93 and #4 in ’94.

Notice also the Mazda 323 and 626 at #7 and #8 respectively in ’93, the Volvo 850 up 19 spots to #7 in ’94, the Opel Corsa up 10 to #8, the Peugeot 306 up 9 to #13 and the Citroen Xantia up 16 to #19. There are 4 Hyundais in the Norwegian Top 50 in ’94: the Sonata is #26, the Pony #31, the Accent #45 and the Lantra #48.

Previous post: Norway 1980-1989: VW Golf and Ford Sierra dominate

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Full Year 1993 and 1994 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Italy 1994: Fiat Punto takes control

January 28th, 1995 No comments

Fiat Punto

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After a decade of domination of the Fiat Uno, its replacement the Fiat Punto logically takes the relay, becoming Italy’s best selling car in 1994. It does so flamboyantly with no less than 271,479 sales and 16.2% share. This is more than 3 times the volume of the Uno which still manages to hold onto the second place this year with 79,074 units sold and 4.7% share. The Ford Fiesta drops 27% and one spot to 78,803 sales and #3, ahead of the Fiat Cinquecento, stable at #4 and 4.4% and the Lancia Y10, up 2 spots to #5 and 4%.

Lancia Delta

Notice the Opel Astra gain two spots also to #7, the Opel Corsa entering the Top 10 at #8, the Renault Twingo slicing its ranking in 2 compared to 1993, up 14 spots to #14, the Ford Mondeo up 8 to #16, the Lancia Delta up 12 to #17 thanks to the new generation of the model on sale since late 1993, the Citroen ZX up 13 to #23, the Mercedes C-Class up 23 to #27 for its first full year of sales and the Renault Laguna landing at #36.

Previous year: Italy 1993: Last year of reign for the Fiat Uno

Next year: Italy 1995: Fiat Punto close to 19% share, Fiat Cinquecento #2

Full Year 1994 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Italy

UK 1994: Ford Mondeo threatens Ford Escort’s domination

January 27th, 1995 No comments

Ford Escort

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New car sales in the UK are up 8% at 1.909 million registrations, and the fight for the best selling title is heating up this year. The Ford Escort is #1 for the third time in a row and the 11th year in total with 144,089 sales and 7.5% share, up 18%. The Ford Mondeo is closing in at #2 for its first full year of sales, up 3 spots and 44% at 127,144 units and 6.7%.

Ford Mondeo

The Ford Fiesta rounds up a podium 100% Ford and 100% growing, up 12% at 123,723 sales and 6.5% share. Two Vauxhalls follow: the Cavalier (-4%) and Astra (-9%). The Rover 200 stays 6th and reaches what would remain its best volume ever at 80,313 units. The Vauxhall Corsa, launched last year, is up 2 spots and 53% to #7 and the Renault Clio leads foreign models at #9 and 2.6% share, ahead of the Peugeot 306 and 106.

Land Rover Discovery

There are a few newcomers in the Top 30: the Citroen Xantia is up 16 spots to #16 for its first full year of sales with 30,527 units and 1.6%, the Rover 600 is up 15 ranks to #21, launched this year the Fiat Punto lands directly in 23rd place with 22,826 sales, the Renault Laguna appears at #27 and the Land Rover Discovery is up to #28 at 19,744 units and 1% market share.

Full 1994 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: UK

Switzerland 1994: VW Golf reclaims top spot

January 26th, 1995 No comments

VW Golf

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267,000 new vehicles found a buyer in Switzerland in 1994, and after an interruption last year by the Opel Astra, the VW Golf reclaims the top spot in the models ranking thanks to 17,894 sales and 6.7% share, up 20% year-on-year, vs. 16,824 and 6.3% (+6%) for the Astra. The Opel Corsa is up one spot to climb on the third step of the podium at 8,674 units and 3.2%.

Renault Espace

The Ford Mondeo is up 2 to #4 with 8,344 sales and 3.1%, ahead of the BMW 3 Series up 40% and 5 ranks to #5 and the VW Passat up 43% and 6 to #6. Notice also the Fiat Punto landing at #9, the Peugeot 306 up 58% to #12, the Mercedes C-Class arriving at #13 and the Renault Twingo up 110% to #14.

Toyota Previa

Switzerland is part of the early adopter countries when it comes to MPVs: the Renault Espace is up 9 spots to #18, the Chrysler Voyager is up 8 to #26 and the Toyota Previa is up 7 to #39. Finally, Subaru manages to place 3 models in the Swiss Top 50 like last year: the Legacy is #17 (-4), the Impreza #36 (+9) and the Justy #44 (-6).

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Full Year 1994 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Ireland 1993-1994: Opel Astra and Toyota Corolla shine

January 25th, 1995 No comments

Opel Astra

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The Irish new car market experiences explosive growth over the period, going from 64,000 registrations in 1993 to 80,400 in 1994, a 26% progression. The Top 2 best-sellers stay unchanged: the Opel Astra dominates the models ranking each year with 4,536 sales in 1993 and 5,709 in 1994, staying at 7.1% market share, while the Toyota Corolla sells 4,058 units for a 6.3% share in 1993 and 5,546 and 6.9% in 1994. The Ford Fiesta improves by one spot, from #4 in ’93 to #3 in ’94, swapping spots with the Toyota Carina.

Below the Ford Escort and Nissan Sunny stable at #5 and #6, the Ford Mondeo is up 9 ranks to #7 in ’94, the Opel Corsa is up 3 to #8 while the Nissan Micra and Opel Vectra are both down 2 spots to #9 and #10. Other great performers in ’94 in Ireland include the Citroen Xantia up 24 ranks to #19, the Fiat Punto landing at #22, the Peugeot 306 is up 106% to #23 and the Seat Ibiza is up 216% to #29.

Next post: Ireland 1996: Ford Fiesta takes the lead

Full Year 1993 and 1994 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Ireland

Czechoslovakia 1988-1994: Favorit takes Skoda into new era

January 24th, 1995 No comments

Launched in July 1987, the Skoda Favorit instantly imposes itself as the best selling model in Czechoslovakia and takes the lead of the sales charts in 1988, climbing to market shares that may have reached 50%+. It stays on top until 1994 and survives the fall of the ‘iron curtain’ in the early 90’s as well as the split of the country into Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

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Categories: Czech Republic, Slovakia

Australia 1994: Holden Commodore reclaims top spot

January 24th, 1995 No comments

Holden Commodore

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Excellent year for new car sales in Australia, up 10% to 616,256 registrations, or nearly back to its 1990 level (617,298). After two years of Ford Falcon domination, the Holden Commodore reclaims the top spot in 1994 with sales up a massive 20% to 75,330 units and 12.2% market share thanks to a new model now available. The Falcon also progresses faster than the market, up 12% to improve its market share to 11.8% thanks to 72,924 sales.

Hyundai Excel (UK version)

Faithful to the third position for the 4th consecutive year, the Mitsubishi Magna/Verada breaks the 40,000 annual units barrier for the first time in Australia at 40,473 units and 6.6% share, up 7% year-on-year. In fact the rest of the Top 6 is unchanged with the Toyota Camry/Vienta at #4 (+10%), the Corolla at #5 (-8%) and the Hilux at #6 (+11%). The Hyundai Excel continues to break records, up a further 3 spots and a huge 48% on 1993 to #7 with 17,107 sales and 2.8% share.

Outside the Top 10, the Holden Barina (+3 to #11) and Rodeo (+4 to #12) impress, the Mazda 121 catches on its twin the Ford Festiva, up 46% and 8 ranks to #16 vs. #14. the Mazda 323 is up 60% to #19, the Honda Accord up 92% to #21, the BMW 3 Series up 42% to a record #23 and the Holden Statesman/Caprice up 216% to #32 thanks to the new model.

The ute (Aussie for pick-up) versions of the two best-sellers also do extremely well: the Ford Ute is up 40% to #20 and the Holden Ute is up 47% to #25. Finally, among the newcomers in the Top 50 this year, notice the Hyundai Sonata up to #44 making it 3 Hyundais in the Top 50 with the Lantra at #46 and the Daewoo 1.5i up to #48, making it 4 Koreans in the Top 50…

Previous year: Australia 1993: Ford Falcon leads at 11.7%, Mitsubishi Magna #3 at 6.8%

Next year: Australia 1995: Last year of reign for Ford Falcon – hits 12.7%

Full Year 1994 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Australia

Europe 1993-1994: VW Golf stays on top, Opel Astra #2

January 23rd, 1995 No comments

VW Golf

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Over the period, the VW Golf gets into its cruising rhythm with monthly European sales figures upwards of 50,000 units and year-end totals at 697,372 in 1993 and 721,004 in 1994. It is followed both years by the Opel Astra at 622,044 units in 1993 and 581,540 in 1994. Launched in November 1993, the Fiat Punto quickly climbs the European sales ranks to establish itself on the podium towards the end of 1994, finishing the year at #4 overall with 467,181 sales.

Opel Astra

The Ford Fiesta stays solid at #4 in 1993 and #3 in 1994 while the Ford Escort drops from #3 in 1993 to #5 in 1994 in spite of stable sales. The Opel Corsa, completely revamped in 1993, progresses to #6 in 1994, passing the Renault Clio. There are a lot of newcomers in the ranking over the period, the most successful being the Fiat Punto (see above), Ford Mondeo (#11 in 1993 and #8 in 1994), Peugeot 306 (#18 in 1993 and #9 in 1994), Mercedes C-Class (#14 in ’94) and Renault Twingo (#15 in ’94).

Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra is the best-selling Japanese model in Europe both years at #25 with 135,045 sales in 1993 (+40%) and 138,338 in 1994 (+2%). Other popular nippon models include the Toyota Corolla (#26 in 1993), Nissan Primera (#33 in 1993), Toyota Carina (#33 in 1993) and Honda Civic (#34 in 1994).

Previous post: Europe 1992: New gen VW Golf and Opel Astra on top

Next post: Europe 1995: Fiat Punto interrupts 154 months of VW Golf domination

Full Year 1993 and 1994 Top 50 and November 1994 Top 8 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Europe