Portugal 1997: Opel Corsa reclaims pole position, Fiat Marea #17
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After two years of interruption by the Fiat Punto in 1995 and 1996, the Opel Corsa reclaims the pole position in the Portuguese models ranking in 1996 and ranks Number 1 for the third time in the last 5 years. The Fiat Punto is down to #2, followed by the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Renault Clio. The Citroen Saxo is up 5 spots on last year to #6 and passes its twin the Peugeot 106 (#7) while the Honda Civic maintains itself within the Portuguese Top 10 at an excellent #9.
Outside the Top 10, the Rover 400 stays at a very solid 12th place , the Peugeot 306 and Opel Vectra are both up 7 ranks to #14 and #16 respectively, the Fiat Marea brilliantly breaks into the Portuguese Top 20 for the first time, up 27 spots to #17 and the Hyundai Accent is the first Korean model to rank within the year-end Top 20 in Portugal, up 14 ranks on 1996 to #18.
Previous year: Portugal 1996: Fiat Punto on top, Honda Civic up to #8
Full Year 1997 Top 20 Ranking Table below.