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Hungary 2002: Suzuki Wagon R+ best-seller

January 31st, 2003 No comments

Suzuki Wagon R+

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After the Swift at the end of the nineties, the Suzuki Wagon R+ becomes the best-selling car in Hungary in 2002 with 10,209 units sold. It is followed by the Skoda Fabia at 8,985 sales and the Opel Astra at 8,505 units. The Peugeot 206 ranks 4th, ahead of the Renault Thalia and Opel Corsa.

Full Year 2002 Top 8 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Hungary

USA 2002: Toyota Camry back to passenger car lead

January 30th, 2003 No comments

Toyota Camry

Tough year for trucks in the US: the Ford F-Series stays distant leader but drops 11% year-on-year at 813,701 units, while the Chevrolet Silverado is down 9% with 652,646 sales. The Toyota Camry reclaims the title of best-selling passenger car in the country and climbs back onto the podium at 434,145 units, up 2 spots and 11%.

Chevrolet Silverado

Sales up 3% were not enough for the Ford Explorer to stay on the podium, down to 4th this year at 433,847 units ahead of the Honda Accord, #5 with 398,980 sales down 4%. The Dodge Ram is back in shape: up 15% to 396,934 units and #6.

Previous year: see the 2001 US post here.

Full 2002 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: USA

Iceland 2001-2002: Toyota RAV4, Yaris and Corolla on top

January 29th, 2003 No comments

Toyota RAV4

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Icelanders love Toyotas, and not much else. The Japanese brand monopolises the Icelandic best-selling models podium in 2001 and places 5 models in the Top 5 in 2002! The best-seller both years is the Toyota RAV4 with 452 sales in 2001 and 425 in 2002. It is followed by the Toyota Yaris at 400 then 415 units, and the Toyota Corolla at 333 then 340.

While the VW Golf and Passat manage to claw their way into the Top 5 in 2001, Toyota places the Avensis at #4 and the Land Cruiser at #5 in 2002… The Subaru Legacy stays solid both years at #6 in 2001 and #8 in 2002, with other successful models being the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Santa Fe and Renault Clio.

Full Year 2001 and 2002 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Iceland

Italy 2002: Fiat Punto, Panda and Ford Focus on podium

January 29th, 2003 No comments

Fiat Punto

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Italian car sales are down 6% in 2002 at 2,345,086 registrations. In February 2002, the Fiat Punto celebrates its 100th consecutive month on top of Italian models ranking, but finishes the year below 10% share for the first time ever at 8.9% with 208,497 sales. It even drops to 6.9% in August, only 2,000 units above the Fiat Panda…

Fiat Panda

The 22 year-old Panda doesn’t want to die: it is up 3 spots this year to rank 2nd, improves its market share to 4.3% and sees its sales increase 12% to pass the 100,000 units mark at 100,382 units… The Ford Focus follows with 84,725 sales and 3.6%, the Peugeot 206 reaches its best year-end ranking in Italia at #4 (3.5%), ahead of the Opel Corsa (3.3%) and Lancia Y (3.2%).

Fiat Stilo

The new Fiat Stilo, launched late last year, ranks 7th for its first full year of sales with 73,506 units changing hands and a 3.1% market share. It peaks at #3 in December with 7,983 sales and 3.8%. The Citroen C3 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in October.

Previous year: Italy 2001: Fiat Punto leads, Ford Focus up to #2

Next year: Italy 2003: Fiat Punto, Citroen C3, Fiat Seicento on top, new Panda arrives

Full Year 2002 and June to December Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Italy

Denmark 2002: Peugeot 206 and 307 on top, Citroen C5 up to #3

January 27th, 2003 1 comment

Peugeot 206

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Total reshuffle atop the Danish models ranking this year, with the Peugeot 206 taking the leadership position for the first time in the country with 6,808 sales, up 29% on 2001. To complete a very successful year for Peugeot, the 307 is up from virtually nowhere to #2 for its first full year of sales at 6,088 units, up 151%.

Citroen C5

The Citroen C5 manages to claw its way onto the podium with 4,839 sales (+24%) possibly the only country in the world it does so! The Ford Mondeo is down from #1 to #4 while the Peugeot 406 drops 2 spots to #5. Notice the Skoda Fabia up to #7 and the Nissan Primera up 166% to #11.

Full Year 2002 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Denmark

Austria 2001-2002: VW Golf, Passat and Polo strongest

January 27th, 2003 No comments

VW Passat

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Volkswagen maintains its stranglehold on the Austrian market: the VW Golf is by far the best-selling model in the country in 2001 and 2002, clocking up 25,221 then 18,839 sales. The VW Passat is #2 in 2001 at 13,911 units, then down to #3 in 2002 with 9,784 sales but it is replaced in 2nd position by the VW Polo up 5 ranks and 22% to 9,900 units, making the podium 100% VW that year.

The Skoda Fabia is 3rd in 2001 with 10,240 sales then down to #6 in 2002, the Opel Astra is #4 then #7, the Audi A4 goes from #6 in 2001 to #4 in 2002 and the Ford Focus stays 5th both years.

Full Year 2001 Top 8 and 2002 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Czech Republic 2000-2002: Skoda Fabia in command

January 24th, 2003 No comments

The Skoda Fabia launches in October 1999 and is the first Skoda model with all of its mechanical parts developed by or in conjunction with Volkswagen. It replaces the Felicia at the lead of Czech car sales in 2000, keeping its title in 2001 and 2002 when it sells 52,375 units for a mammoth 35.4% market share.

In 2002, the Skoda Octavia places 2nd with 19,047 sales and 12.9% share. As far as imports are concerned, Peugeot dominates with the 206 #3 overall at 2.7% and the 307 #4 at 2.1%. The VW Passat, Renault Thalia (a Clio Sedan) and Skoda Superb follow.

Full Year 2002 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Czech Republic

Slovakia 2000-2002: Skoda Fabia takes the lead

January 24th, 2003 No comments


The Skoda Fabia launches in October 1999 and is the first Skoda model with all of its mechanical parts developed by or in conjunction with Volkswagen. It replaces the Felicia and takes the lead of Slovak car sales in 2000, keeping its title in 2001 and 2002.

Categories: Slovakia

Europe 2002: VW Golf only 500 units above the Peugeot 206

January 24th, 2003 1 comment

VW Golf

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2002 started swimmingly well for the Peugeot 206: #1 over the first Quarter, #1 over the first Half…but it was just not meant to be. The VW Golf keeps the European best-seller title in 2002, a position it has held 19 of the last 20 years, but only by the skin of its teeth: a mere 500 units separate the two models at year end! Never before was the European title as hotly contested. Note other sources put the gap between the two models at an equally tight 1,830 units.

Peugeot 206

The VW Golf finishes the year at 587,600 sales (-10%) and the Peugeot 206 is at 587,100 (-6%). Later sources put the two models at 596,415 and 594,585 units. The Ford Focus maintains its position on the European podium with 519,451 sales, down 4% while the Renault Clio is up 2% to 501,908 units. Outstanding first full year of sales for the Peugeot 307: it lands directly in 5th position with 442,705 units, already beating the Opel Astra at 432,108 sales, down 17%… The Fiat Punto is down 4 spots and 23% to #8.

Peugeot 307

The BMW3 Series reaches what remains its highest year-end European volume at a brilliant 350,606 sales but paradoxically drops 2 ranks to #10. Notice the Ford Fiesta up 4 spots and 15% to #11, Audi A4 up 5 to #13, the Fiat Stilo landing at #22 for its first full year of sales, the Toyota Yaris still the best-selling nippon at a best-ever #21, the Citroen C3 landing at #33 and the Mini at #38.

Previous year: Europe 2001: VW Golf, Peugeot 206 and Ford Focus on podium

Next year: Europe 2003: Peugeot 206 most popular, VW Golf down to #2

Full Year 2002 Top 95 Ranking Table and every model’s sales below.

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Categories: Europe

Japan 2002: Honda Fit interrupts 33-year long Corolla domination!

January 21st, 2003 No comments

Honda Fit

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2002 is a historical year: for the first time in 34 years, the Toyota Corolla is not the best selling car in Japan! The car responsible for this extraordinary event is the Honda Fit. Launched in June 2001, the Fit was #1 for the first time in November of that year. It then managed to hold the pole position 9 out of 12 months in 2002 and finished the year at a stellar 250,790 sales.

Nissan March

The Toyota Corolla drops to #2 with a still respectable 226,222 sales (-4%). The new generation Nissan March jumps 13 spots and 131% to reach the podium at #3 with 139,221 sales. In a reshuffled ranking, the all-new Toyota Ist lands directly in 4th position with 103,570 sales. It launched in May directly in 5th place, ranked 3rd in June and held this position 4 more times, peaking at 18,464 sales in July.

Toyota Ist

The Toyota Vitz drops to #5 with 100,801 units (-29%). Three more models are new in the Top 10 this year: the Toyota Noah is up 793% at #6 with 97,080 sales, the Toyota Voxy is up 760% at #8 with 77,958 units and the Honda Mobilio is new this year, directly #10 at 72,242 sales.

You can see every monthly Top 30 for 2002 here.

Previous year: Japan 2001: Year 33 of the Toyota Corolla reign

Next year: Japan 2003: Corolla back on top, Toyota Wish #3

Full Year 2002 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Japan