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Portugal 1999: Renault Clio takes the lead for the first time

January 30th, 2000 No comments

Renault Clio

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272,841 new cars found a buyer in Portugal in 1999. For the first time since the launch of the nameplate in 1990, the Renault Clio manages to climb on top of the Portuguese models ranking this year with sales up 35% to 20,577 units and 7.5% share, helped by the new generation of the model now on sale. It is up 2 spots on last year and passing the Opel Corsa, now #2 at 18,634 units and 6.8%, and the Fiat Punto now #4 with 15,224 sales and 5.6%. This year we welcome an all-new supermini on the podium: the Peugeot 206 at a brilliant third place for its first full year of sales in the country with 16,246 units and 6% share.

The Opel Astra is back up to #5, followed by the VW Golf up 3 ranks to #6. The VW Polo, Citroen Saxo and Ford Fiesta all drop a few spots, while the Ford Focus makes its first appearance in the Portuguese Top 10 at #10 with 9,172 sales and 3.4%. Notice also the Citroen Xsara at #13, the BMW 3 Series at #14, the Fiat Palio at #18 and the Toyota Yaris, all-new for 1999, at #19.

Previous year: Portugal 1998: Opel Corsa and Fiat Punto fight it out

Next year: Portugal 2000: Fiat Punto leads the market

Full Year 1999 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Portugal

USA 1999: Ford F-Series, Chevrolet C/K & Toyota Camry on top

January 29th, 2000 No comments

Ford F Series

Chevrolet C/K Silverado

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Unsurprisingly, the Ford F-Series leads the models ranking in the USA in 1999 with 869,001 units, ahead of the Chevrolet C/K Silverado at a best-ever 636,150 sales, up 18%. The Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car for the 3rd year in a row at 448,162 registrations. The Dodge Ram and Ford Explorer follow.

Toyota Camry

The Honda Accord finishes the year just above 400,000 units and #2 passenger car, ahead of the Ford Taurus at 368,327 sales. The Honda Civic takes the 9th spot and the Jeep Grand Cherokee rounds up the Top 10 at 300,031 units.

Previous year: see the 1998 USA post here.

Full Year 1999 Top 20 models and Top 75 Passenger Cars Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: USA

Italy 1999: Fiat Punto best-seller for 6th consecutive year

January 29th, 2000 2 comments

Fiat Punto

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Italian cars sales are down slightly this year at -2% and 2,331,898 registrations. The Fiat Punto is facelifted and stays the best-selling model in Italy for the 6th year in a row, however its market share goes under 10% in the full year for the first time since the nameplate’s launch at 9.5% and 220,965 sales.

Fiat Panda

Fiat monopolises the podium with the Panda ranking 2nd for the third consecutive year, up 2% to 120,561 units and the Seicento landing in third place for its first full year of sales at 105,720 registrations, up 124% on 1998.

Daewoo Matiz

The Lancia Y is down one spot and 24% to #4 and 89,426 sales while the VW Golf is up 31% and 7 ranks to #5 and 78,978 units just above the Opel Corsa at 78,850 sales. The Ford Focus makes its first appearance in the Italian year-end Top 10 at #10 with 65,084 units while the Peugeot 206 just misses out at #11 and 61,112 sales. Notice also the Daewoo Matiz up 237% to a brilliant 17th place with 39,701 units sold.

Previous year: Italy 1998: Fiat Punto, Panda and Lancia Y dominate

Next year: Italy 2000: Fiat Punto, Seicento and Lancia Y on podium

Full Year Top 50 and June 1999 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Italy

UK 1999: Ford Focus takes the lead, Vauxhall Astra on podium

January 28th, 2000 1 comment

Ford Focus

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The UK market is down 2.2% at 2.2 million registrations this year. For its first full year of sales, the Ford Focus doesn’t waste time and take control of England with 103,228 units sold and 4.7% share. The Ford Fiesta drops one spot to #2 and 99,830 sales while the Vauxhall Astra takes advantage of its new generation to gain 3 spots and jump on the podium for the first time in the 20 year-life of the nameplate in the country at 92,050 units, up 13%.

Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Corsa is also up 3 spots to a best-ever 4th position with 86,779 sales, above the Vauxhall Vectra (-16%) and Ford Mondeo (-23%). The Renault Clio reclaims the title of UK’s best-selling foreign model after 3 years in 2nd place at #7 and 63,991 units. Massive event this year: the VW Golf breaks into the annual British Top 10 for the first time in the 23 year life of the nameplate at #8 with 63,715 sales, up 50% on 1998.

VW Golf

The Peugeot 206 also breaks into the Top 10 at #9 and 58,788 sales for its first full year while the 306 drops 24% to #10. For the third year in the history of the nameplate, the Nissan Micra ranks #11 in the UK and still hasn’t managed to break into the Top 10… Other great performers this year include the BMW 3 Series up 27% on ’98 to reach a best-ever 12th place, the Citroen Saxo up to #14, the Ford Ka up to #16 and the Rover 75 up to #24.

Full 1999 Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: UK

Hungary 1998-1999: Suzuki Swift & Opel Astra kings of the road

January 26th, 2000 No comments

Suzuki Swift

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The Hungarian car market is very dynamic over the period, going from 103,900 registrations in 1998 to 129,100 in 1999 (+24%). The Suzuki Swift, built in the country, is by far the best-selling car in the country with an enormous 22.9% share in 98 thanks to 23,788 sales, improving to 23.5% and 30,335 units in 99… The Opel Astra/Zafira is also extremely strong at 12.5% in 98 and 11.7% in 99.

At much more modest levels, the Ford Escort/Focus rounds up the podium in both years at 4.6% then 4.2% share, followed by the VW Polo (4.2%) and Fiat Bravo/a/Marea (3.4%) in 98, then the VW Golf/Bora/Vento (3.8%) and Skoda Felicia (3.7%) in 99. Notice the Daewoo Matiz bursting into the Hungarian market in 99: it lands directly at #8 with 3,610 sales and 2.8% share. Other newcomers that year are the Peugeot 206 at #14 and the Toyota Yaris at #15.

Full Year 1998 Top 15 and 1999 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Hungary

Czech Republic 1998-1999: Skoda Felicia above 35% share

January 26th, 2000 No comments

Skoda Felicia

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The car market is stable over the period in Czech Republic at 141,200 registrations in 1998 and 146,300 in 1999. The Skoda Felicia dominates the models ranking head and shoulders, reaching out-of-this-world market shares: 39.6% in 98 thanks to 55,902 sales and 35.2% in 99 at 51,497 units. The Skoda Octavia follows at 15.2% and 21,514 sales in 98 and 13.9% at 20,395 units in 99.

The title of best-selling foreign model changes hands: it goes to the Ford Escort in 98 with 4,466 sales and 3.2%, then to the Opel Astra/Zafira in 99 at 5,306 units and 3.6% share. Other successful models over the period include the Fiat Punto #5 in 98, the Daewoo Matiz #5 in 99, the VW Polo #6 in 98, the Renault Megane #6 in 99, the VW Golf/Bora/Vento #7 both years and the VW Passat #9 both years.

Full Year 1998 Top 15 and 1999 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Czech Republic

Slovakia 1995-1999: Skoda Felicia best seller

January 24th, 2000 No comments

The Skoda Felicia, actually an evolution of the 1987 Skoda Favorit, launches in October 1994 and replaces the Favorit atop the Slovakian car sales for the next 5 years, in all likeliness reaching market shares of between 33 and 50%.

More details about the Skoda Felicia here, more pictures: click on ‘Read more’ below.

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Categories: Slovakia

Europe 1999: Opel Astra a serious threat to the VW Golf

January 24th, 2000 No comments

Opel Astra

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8 years after the nameplate was launched and 6 months after the 2nd generation appeared in showrooms, the Opel Astra achieves what it had been designed for: act as a serious threat to the VW Golf in Europe. During the whole of 1999, Opel Astra and VW Golf sales are neck-to-neck. End of year figures are to the advantage of the Golf at 703,604 sales vs. 683,870 for the Astra.

VW Golf

In March, both models break volume records: the Golf sells 80,720 units (+49%) and the Astra delivers 77,950 sales (+121%). These figures remain unbeaten. In May, the Astra passes the Golf for the very first time with 61,300 registrations vs. 60,100. I don’t have figures for every month of 1999 but it is safe to assume the Astra repeated this feat a couple of times.

The Renault Megane is still very strong this year at 576,291 sales (-1%), 43% of which are the Megane Scenic MPV version, whereas its little sister the Renault Clio continues to progress, up 3 spots and 16% in 4th position with 487,004 sales.

Ford Focus

Two all-new models launched in 1998 establish themselves in the Top 10 this year. The Ford Focus, an edgy Escort replacement, fares best with a massive 472,182 sales at #5 for its first full year, and the Peugeot 206 delivers an equally impressive 439,060 units at #8. The VW Passat leads its category and breaks into the Year-end Top 10 at #10 with 322,829 units while the BMW 3 Series jump into the Top 10 in July with 29,310 sales.

The Nissan Micra leads the Japanese models at #30 followed by the Toyota Corolla (#31), Yaris (#41), Avensis (#42), Nissan Primera (#44), Almera (#49), Honda Civic (#53) and Mazda 323 (#55). The Daewoo Matiz is the best-selling Korean model at #52.

Previous year: Europe 1998: VW Golf, Renault Megane and Fiat Punto lead

Next year: Europe 2000: VW Golf and Fiat Punto dominate

Full Year 1999 Top 45, Monthly Top 10 for March, May and July 1999 and all model sales below.

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Categories: Europe

Switzerland 1990-1999: VW Golf and Subaru Legacy shine

January 21st, 2000 No comments

VW Golf

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Thanks to Rene I can share with you the a Top 25 ranking for the nineties decade overall. Like in the seventies and eighties, the VW Golf is the best-selling model in the country with 165,794 sales, followed this time and at a larger distance by the Opel Astra with 119,339 units and the Opel Vectra at 84,702 sales. The Toyota Corolla is down to #4 with a still excellent 73,482 units ahead of the Opel Corsa, VW Passat and BMW 3 Series.

Subaru Legacy

After the Leone in the eighties, the Subaru Legacy is the brand’s best-seller in Switzerland in the nineties at #11 with 42,870 sales. There is one more Japanese model in the Top 25 than in the eighties, bringing the total to 8, with the Mazda 323, Toyota Starlet and Mitsubishi Colt other strong sellers. The Renault Clio is the best-selling Frenchie at #12 and the Fiat Punto the favourite Italian at #14. Notice also the Renault Espace up to #21.

Previous post: Switzerland 1996: VW Golf #1, 3 Opels in Top 4

Next post: Switzerland 1998-2001: VW Golf and Opel Astra dominate

Full 1990-1999 overall Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Switzerland

Argentina 1998-1999: VW Gol, Fiat Palio & Chevy Corsa on top

January 20th, 2000 No comments

Chevrolet Corsa, VW Gol & Fiat Palio

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After one year off in 1997, the VW Gol reclaims the title of best-selling car in Argentina in 1998 with 29,486 sales and retains it in 1998 at 28,003 units. The Fiat Palio comes 2nd in 1997 with 26,237 sales and drops to 3rd in 1998 at 20,540 units. The Chevrolet Corsa does the reverse: it is #3 in ’97 with 22,843 sales and #2 in ’98 at 21,572 units.

Below, notice the Renault Megane (#6) and Renault 19 (#7) co-exist in the 1999 Top 10, the arrival of the Ford Ka at #9 in 1999 and the resistance of the ageing Fiat Duna, #10 in both 1998 and 1999.

Full Year 1998 and 1999 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Argentina