Archive for January, 1995

Spain 1994: Ford Escort takes the lead

January 22nd, 1995 No comments

Ford Escort

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

1994 was a great year for Spanish new car sales, up a massive 21% year-on-year to 860,000 registrations. The models pole position changes hands for the third consecutive year: after the Renault 19 in 1991, the Renault Clio in 1992 and the Opel Astra in 1993, the Ford Escort takes the lead in Spain this year with sales up 28% to 52,631 and 6.1% market share. The Opel Astra is down to #2 at 46,683 units and 5.4%, followed by the Opel Corsa up 5 spots and 38% to 45,120 sales and 5.3%.

Seat Cordoba

The Ford Fiesta is also up sharply at +30% to #5, while the Peugeot 306 breaks into the year-end Spanish Top 10 for the first time, up 165% and 10 spots to #8 and 38,787 units. The best performing newcomer in the Top 50 is the the sedan version of the Seat Ibiza, the Seat Cordoba, landing directly at a fantastic 12th position with 22,282 sales and 2.6%. Add these to the 41,942 Seat Ibiza sold this year and with 64,224 units the Ibiza/Cordoba family would be by far #1.

Renault Laguna

Another all-new model that gets noticed in Spain this year is the Renault Laguna, directly at #13 with 22,135 units and 2.6%. Notice also the Fiat Punto landing at #15, the Renault Twingo up 142% to #18, the Nissan Micra up 70% to #24 and #1 Japanese, the Fiat Cinquecento up 204% to #28 and the Rover 600 landing at #39.

Full Year and January 1994 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Spain

Japan 1993-1994: Toyota Corolla continues to dominate

January 21st, 1995 No comments

Toyota Corolla

I could not access any sales data for the period, but one thing is certain: the Toyota Corolla continues to dominate and is the best seller in Japan for the 25th and 26th consecutive years in 1993 and 1994…

If you have any info about car sales in Japan between for these two years please be sure to get in touch!

Previous post: Japan 1992: Toyota monopolises podium with Corolla, Mark II and Crown

Next post: Japan 1995: Toyota Corolla, Crown and Nissan March on top

Categories: Japan

Austria 1993-1994: VW Golf above 10% share, Mazda 323 #5

January 21st, 1995 No comments

VW Golf

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

The Top 3 best-selling models in Austria are unchanged over the period: the VW Golf leads the way by far and manages to stay on or above 10% market share both years at 28,451 sales and 10% in 1993 and 29,894 and 10.9% in 1994. The Opel Astra ranks #2 with 7% share then 6.2% and the Ford Escort rounds up the podium at 4.3% then 3.8%. The Opel Vectra and Corsa exchange positions going from #4 to #9 and vice versa.

Mazda 323

The most striking performance in Switzerland could well be found in 5th place: the Mazda 323 reaches that position in 1994, up one spot on the previous year to 8,302 sales and 3%. If in 1993 there were 3 Japanese models in the Swiss Top 10 with the Toyota Corolla at #8 and the Mazda 626 at #10, the 323 is alone in 1994. Notice also the VW Vento at #7 in ’93, and in ’94 the Ford Mondeo up 8 spots to #6, the VW Passat up to #7 and the BMW 3 Series up 4 to #8, the Mercedes C-Class up 33 to #11, the Peugeot 306 up 14 to #14 and the Fiat Punto landing directly at #20.

Previous post: Austria 1977-1992: VW Golf likely leader

Next post: Austria 1996: Audi A4, VW Polo and Skoda Felicia shine

Full Year 1993 and 1994 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Austria

USA 1994: Ford F-Series and Chevrolet C/K stronger

January 20th, 1995 No comments

Chevrolet C/K

Ford Taurus

Another year of strong growth for the two leading pickups in the USA: the Ford F-Series is up 19% at 646,039 units and the Chevrolet C/K is up 13% with 580,445 sales. This time the passenger cars also post solid showings: the Ford Taurus leads the way for the third consecutive year, up 10% at 397,037 units, followed by the Honda Accord up 11% with 367,615 sales.

Saturn SL

The Ford Ranger is up 1% but down 1 spot at #5 while the Ford Escort is up 25% and 4 ranks to 6th place with 336,967 sales. The Saturn at #8 and Honda Civic at #10 make their first appearance in the US Top 10 this year.

Previous year: see the 1993 USA post here.

Full Year 1994 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: USA

Argentina 1994: Fiat Duna and Spazio on top

January 19th, 1995 No comments

Fiat Duna

* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 10 best-selling models, many thanks to Bruno for the data! *

In 1994 the Fiat Duna delivers its 5th consecutive year atop the Argentinean models ranking with 46,147 sales and a robust 11% market share. The Fiat Spazio is not far behind at 42,853 units and 10.2% and so is the Renault 9, 3rd with 40,975 sales and 9.8% share.

Fiat Spazio Vivace

The Renault 19 takes the 4th spot at 6.8% ahead of the Fiat Uno at 6.5% and VW Senda (aka Gol Sedan) at 6.1%. The 26 year-old Peugeot 504 is still 8th with 23,774 sales and 5.7% of the Argentinean market, while the 22 year-old Renault 12 is 10th at 13,227 units or 3.2% share.

Full Year 1994 Top 10 Ranking Table: see ‘Read more’ below the VW Senda pic.

VW Senda

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Categories: Argentina

Greece 1994: Seat Ibiza in pole position

January 17th, 1995 3 comments

Seat Ibiza

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

Greek new car sales are down 24% year-on-year in 1994 to 112,567 units. In this sombre context the Seat Ibiza brilliantly takes the lead with sales up 5% to 7,615 units for a shiny 6.8% market share. The Fiat Cinquecento does even better, up 2 spots and 35% to #2 with 7,167 sales and 6.4%, with the Nissan Sunny rounding up the podium like in 1993 with 5,754 units and 5.1%.

#1 in 1993, the Toyota Corolla is down 3 ranks and 35% to #4 at 5,634 sales and 5%, followed by the Opel Corsa up 7 spots and 29% to #5 with 5,385 units and 4.8%. The Opel Astra ranks #6, the Fiat Uno #7 and the Citroen Xantia, up a massive 82%, ranks #8 for its first full year of sales in the country. Notice also the Seat Toledo up 11 spots to #10, the Hyundai Pony up 6 to #12, the BMW 3 Series up 3 to #13 and the Lancia Delta landing directly at #20.

Previous year: Greece 1993: Toyota Corolla ahead

Next year: Greece 1995: Fiat Punto and Cinquecento shine

Full Year 1994 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Greece

Brazil 1994: Fiat Uno edges out VW Gol!

January 17th, 1995 No comments

Big surprise this year: the VW Gol is no longer the best-selling car in Brazil and is replaced on top by the Fiat Uno. The fight was extremely tight and the Uno finishes the year only 486 sales ahead with 221,627 units vs. 221,141 for the Gol…

This shift can be explained by two factors: Fiat launched the Turbo version of the Uno at the start of the year and this surely has given a bit of kick to the Uno’s sales figures, and the VW Gol 2nd generation was launched at the end of the year so buyers would have been waiting for the new model to arrive, weakening the Gol’s sales numbers.

The Gol is nevertheless leader 8 out of 12 months, with the Uno on top in March (21,442 sales), May (20,067), August (20,405) and September (20,642). The Ford Escort takes the 3rd place with 88,476 sales (-1%) followed by the Fiat Tipo at 71,148 units, thanks to two appearances on the podium in November (13,523 sales) and December (15,135).

Chevrolet Corsa

The all-new Chevrolet Corsa launches in March and grabs a spot on the podium for the first time in August. The Chevrolet Monza (-6%) and Kadett (-26%) slow down whereas the Fiat Tempra has its best year in Brazil with 42,423 units changing hands (+27%).

Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Brazil

Sweden 1993-1994: Volvo 850 new best-seller

January 14th, 1995 No comments

Volvo 850

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

The Swedish car market stays fragile over the period, down 19% in 1993 to 124,434 registrations but up 26% in 1994 to 156,375 units. Still Number 2 halfway through ’93 at 10% share, the Volvo 850 snaps the Swedish pole position away from the Volvo 900 at year-end with 13,967 sales and 11.2% share (up 41%) vs. 11,845 and 9.5% (-3%) for the 900. The Volvo 850 then reinforces its lead in ’94 when it grows by a further 60% to reach 22,343 sales and a huge 14.3% share while the 900 is at 13,741 units and 8.8%.

Volvo 960

A Saab is in third place in both years: in ’93 the Saab 9000 falls by 32% to 7,387 sales but it’s enough to stay on the podium. It drops to #4 in ’94. The Saab 900, boosted by the second generation just launched, is up 66% to #6 in ’93 and a further 109% to #3 in ’94 with 10,791 sales and 6.9%.

Saab 900

The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign model in ’93 at #4 with 5,314 sales and 4.3% in spite of a 15% drop. The Ford Mondeo lands directly at a brilliant 10th spot even as it got launch during the year at 3,256 units and 2.6% and doubles its sales in ’94 to #8 with 6,507 sales and 4.2%. The Ford Escort then takes the relay as the favourite import of the country in ’94 at #4 with 7,912 units and 5.1%, up a massive 101% year-on-year. In the meantime the Volvo 440/460 experiences a mini-revival in ’94 (#7 at +40%).

Previous post: see the Swedish 1992 Top 25 best-selling models here.

6 months 1993 Top 30 and Full Year 1993-94 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Sweden

Germany 1994: VW Golf leads, Mercedes C Class shines

January 13th, 1995 No comments

VW Golf

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

In 1994 the German new car market is stable at 3,209,224 registrations. The VW Golf improves its score further to reach a fantastic 388,707 sales, the nameplate’s second best year ever, and 12% market share. The Opel Astra hurts, down 9% to 228,186 units and 7.1% share.

Mercedes C Class

Launched last year, the Mercedes C Class is an instant hit in Germany, landing on the podium for its first full year of sales at #3 with 142,744 units and 4.4% share. The BMW 3 Series and VW Passat are also very strong, respectively #4 at +8% and #5 at 19%.  The new generation Opel Corsa is up 4 spots and 38% to #6. Notice also the Ford Mondeo up to #11 for its first full year of sales.

The Renault 19 is the best-selling foreign model for the 5th consecutive year but drops to #16 and 52,461 sales (-29%), now threatened by the Fiat Punto up to #17 for its first fill year. The Peugeot 306 (#18), Renault Clio (#20), Mazda 323 (#21) and Renault Twingo (#22) follow.

Full 1994 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Germany

France 1994: Renault Clio leads, Peugeot 306 & 106 on podium

January 10th, 1995 No comments

Renault Clio

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at end of post! Many thanks to STAC for making this post possible. *

A robust government scrappage scheme enabled the French new car market to rebound by 15% on 1993 at 1,972,919 registrations this year. The Renault Clio is the best-seller for the third year in a row with 194,034 sales and 9.8%, up 12%.

The Peugeot 306 is up 3 spots to #2 for its first full year of sales at 120,778 units and 6.1% above the Peugeot 106 up 31% to 116,921 units and 5.9%. About to be replaced, the Renault 19 drops 2 spots and 9% to 4th place and 5.4%. The Renault Twingo breaks into the Top 5 with 94,667 sales and 4.8%, followed by the Citroen Xantia (+31%) and ZX (+20%) both in excellent shape.

Renault Laguna

The only newcomer in the Top 10 this year is the new Renault Laguna landing directly in 8th position with 76,623 sales and 3.9%. The Citroen AX (+42%), Peugeot 205 (+16%), Renault Supercinq (+37%) and Lada Niva (+281%) all benefit fully from the scrappage scheme. The Fiat Punto is up to #15 for its first full year of sales.

Previous year: see the France 1993 Top 265 best-selling models here.

Full Year 1994 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: France