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Argentina 2001-2002: Renault Clio on top

January 20th, 2003 No comments

Renault Clio

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The Argentinean car market is struggling over the period, with the top seller well under 15,000 units for the first time in over 15 years… The Renault Clio surprisingly takes the lead in 2001, jumping up from the 5th place in 2000. It sells 12,380 units, a drop of only 9% vs. 2000 when most cars in the Top 10 falls by over 40%. The Renault Clio keeps the lead in 2002 but I don’t have any year-end sales figures.

The Peugeot 206 ranks 2nd in 2001 with 10,147 sales, followed by the Chevrolet Corsa (-53%), VW Gol (-64%) and Renault Megane (-50%). This Top 5 should stay identical in the 2002 ranking. Notice the Ford Focus making its first appearance in the Argentinean Top 10 in 2001 at #8.

Full Year 2001 and 9 months 2002 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Argentina

Greece 2002: Fiat Punto, Peugeot 206 and 307 on podium

January 20th, 2003 No comments

Fiat Punto

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New car sales are down 4% in 2002 in Greece to 268,287 registrations. In third place both in 2000 and 2001, the Fiat Punto is up 2 spots this year to hold the pole position for the first time since 1996 with 10,174 sales and 3.8%. The Greek models ranking is always relatively tight and 2002 is no exception: only 400 sales below is the Peugeot 206, gaining two more ranks to #2 with 9,757 sales and 3.6%.

Peugeot 206

The Peugeot 307 directly takes the third place for its first full year of sales with 9,553 units changing hands and 3.6% share. It even ranked #1 in September and December and is followed by the Toyota Corolla, Opel Astra and Hyundai Accent, all at 3.3%. Notice the Ford Focus breaking into the yearly Top 10 for the first time at #7 and the Fiat Stilo directly #17 for its first full year with 4,424 sales and 1.6%.

Previous year: Greece 2001: Opel Astra takes the lead ahead of Accent and Punto

Next post: Greece 2003-2005: Toyota Corolla reigns

Full Year 2002 and every Monthly Top 50/240 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Greece

Romania 2001-2002: Dacia SupeRNova best seller

January 19th, 2003 No comments

Dacia SupeRNova

After 32 years of domination of the Dacia 1310, the Dacia SupeRNova (with capital R and N) succeeds where its predecessor the Nova failed, and manages to become the first Romanian-designed car to top the sales ranking in the country. It holds 25.5% of the market in 2001 at 22,186 sales and 28.3% in 2002 at 25,127 units.

The Dacia 1310 (aka Clasic) drops to 21.3% market share in 2001 (18,548 sales) and 17.7% in 2002 (15,753 sales). As far as imports are concerned, the Renault Megane is the best seller in 2001 at #5 (3.1% share) but it gives way to the Renault Clio, #4 in 2002 at 4.7% share.

Full Year 2001 and 2002 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Romania

Ukraine 2002: Lada holds 47% share in market up 50%

January 18th, 2003 No comments

Lada 2107 Ukraine 2002Lada 2107

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The Ukrainian new car market is up a whopping 50% year-on-year in 2002 to 107,098 registrations. Lada is ultra-dominant with 50,734 sales and 47.4% share, way above Daewoo at 12.1% and ZAZ at 9.8%.

Full Year 2002 Top 9 brands Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Ukraine

Germany 2002: BMW 3 Series #2 for the first time

January 13th, 2003 No comments

VW Golf

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Car sales are down 3% in Germany this year at 3,252,898 units. No surprises on top: the VW Golf leads the way again but with 255,430 sales it delivers its lowest figure in…20 years (!) and its 224,887 score from 1983…

BMW 3 Series

After the Mercedes C Class last year (it is now #3 at 125,206 units), the 2nd place is once again not occupied by any Opel model but instead it is now the property of the BMW 3 Series, for the first time at this level in Germany. With 148,086 sales and 4.6%, it reaches its highest year-end market share so far. It even peaked at 5.5% in May with 15,624 sales, and was #2 for 10 months out of 12 this year.

The Audi A4 is up one spot to #4 with 120,320 sales, relegating the Opel Astra to 5th place, just above the VW Passat and Polo, up 3 spots to #7. The Peugeot 206 is the best-selling foreign model and the only one in the Top 20 at #14 with 55,177 sales, spending one month (February) in the Top 10. The Skoda Fabia is up 3 spots to #21, 2nd import above the Renault Clio, Twingo and Scenic.

Full Top 100 and every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Germany

South Korea 2002: Samsung SM5 up to #2 at 100,777 sales

January 13th, 2003 No comments

Samsung SM525

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The Hyundai Sonata is the most popular model in South Korea again in 2002 but its sales are down 3% on 2001 to 109,293 and it is now threatened by the Samsung SM5, up a spectacular 43% to pass the 100,000 annual sales mark for the very first time at 100,777 units. The Hyundai Avante XD rounds up the podium with 95,794 sales, up 12% year-on-year, while the Hyundai Santa Fe continues to progress, up a further 2 spots and 30% to #4 and 70,288 units.

Kia Sorento

Bothe the Hyundai Grandeur XG and Kia Carens are up 2 ranks this year to #6 and #7 respectively, and the best performing newcomer is by far the Kia Sorento, landing directly at #8 with 52,963 sales. The SsangYong Rexton is up a huge 320% and 16 spots to break into the year-end Top 10 for the first time at #10 and the 2nd time in 3 years for SsangYong after the Musso ranked #9 in 2000. Other newcomers include the Hyundai Click (aka Getz) at #21, the Daewoo Kalos at #22 and the Samsung SM3 at #24.

Previous year: South Korea 2001: Hyundai Sonata and Avante dominate

Full Year 2002 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: South Korea

Poland 2002: Last year of reign for the Fiat Seicento

January 11th, 2003 No comments

Fiat Seicento

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Another year in the red for Poland car sales, down 5% on 2001 to 310,929 registrations. The locally produced Fiat Seicento is the best-selling model in the country for the fourth (but last) year in a row with 29,267 sales and 9.4% share, down 28% year-on-year. It is threatened for the throne by the Skoda Fabia, up a shiny 8% to 26,241 units and 8.4% while the Fiat Punto rounds up the podium with 12,024 sales and 3.9%, down 11%.

Only 49 units below and up 3 spots to #4, the Peugeot 206 impresses with sales up 14%. The Toyota Corolla does even better, up 25 ranks and a whopping 215% to #5 with 10,233 units and 3.3%. The Ford Focus doesn’t behave badly either, up 10 spots and 61% to 10,180 sales. The other new entrant in the Top 10 this year is the Toyota Yaris up 5 ranks to #8 with 9,561 units and 3.1%. Notice also the Skoda Octavia breaking into the Polish year-end Top 10 for the first time at #10 and the Peugeot 307 up 23 spots and 185% to #13 for its first full year of sales.

Previous year: Poland 2001: Fiat Seicento #1, Skoda Fabia arrives

Full Year 2002 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Poland

Netherlands 2002: Peugeot places 206 and 307 on top

January 10th, 2003 2 comments

Peugeot 206

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This year Peugeot manages the extraordinary feat of placing two models atop the ranking: the Peugeot 206 with 21,173 sales and 4.1% and the Peugeot 307 at 18,849 sales and 3.7%. Opel, the #1 brand in the Netherlands since 1969, only managed this feat once in 1991 (Kadett-Vectra), and Peugeot has never managed it in its native France!

In 3rd position the VW Golf drops two spots and 27% to 18,577 units and 3.6%, followed by the Ford Focus (3.5%), Opel Astra (3.1%), Opel Corsa and Renault Scenic (both at 2.7%). Notice the Renault Laguna at #8 and the Suzuki Alto up 34 spots to #15, the best-selling Japanese model.

Previous year: see the Netherlands 2001 post here.

Full Year 2002 Top 245 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Netherlands

Spain 2002: Ford Focus most popular

January 10th, 2003 No comments

Ford Focus Spain 2002Ford Focus

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In 2002 and for the third year in a row the models ranking leadership changes in Spain: thanks to sales down just 5% to 65,318 units, the Ford Focus becomes the most popular car in Spain. And for the third year in a row the Seat Ibiza comes 2nd, this time with 63,846 sales, down 10% year-on-year. Leader in 2001, the Peugeot 206 is down to #3 this year at 62,229 units, down 15%. The Opel Astra manages to stabilise its sales and thus gains one spot to #4, while the Peugeot 307 shoots up 147% and 14 spots to land in 5th place with 57,089 sales for its first full year in market.

Previous year: Spain 2001: Peugeot 206 new leader

Next year: Spain 2003: Renault Megane and Seat Ibiza on top

Full Year 2002 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Spain

Latvia 2000-2002: Opel Astra most popular

January 10th, 2003 No comments

Opel Astra

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Over the period car sales in Latvia went from 7,306 to 7,836 registrations, and the Opel Astra is the best-seller each year, peaking at 424 sales and 5.5% share in 2001. The VW Bora is #2 in 2000 with 263 units and 3.6% then falls to #11 both in ’01 and ’02. It is replaced in 2nd place by the Peugeot 206 in ’01 with 211 sales and 2.7% then the Peugeot 307 in ’02 at 283 units and 3.6%.

Honda HR-V

In 3rd position we find the Mitsubishi Pajero in ’00 with 254 sales and 3.5%, the Ford Focus in ’01 at 193 units and 2.5% and the Honda Civic in ’02 with 256 sales and 3.3%. Other successful models in Latvia over the period include the Toyota Land Cruiser #4 in ’00 and ’01, Lada Niva #5 in ’00 and ’02, Citroen Berlingo #5 in ’01, VW Passat #6 in ’00, Toyota Avensis #6 in ’01 and Toyota Corolla #6 in ’02. Notice also the Mercedes S-Class #30 in ’00, the Chrysler Neon #41 in ’01 and the Honda HR-V #24 in ’02.

Full Year 2000, 2001 and 2002 Top 50 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Latvia