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Europe 2007: Peugeot 207 edges VW Golf out

January 25th, 2008 No comments

Peugeot 207

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The European models ranking reaches the height of its competitiveness in 2007 with 6 models holding the pole position at one stage this year. The Peugeot 207, for its first full year of sales, manages to become Europe’s best seller with 437,262 sales, up 105%. At the start of the year, its best European position was #4 (October 2006). It hits #2 in February and takes the lead for the first time in April, staying there for 4 consecutive months, a feat no other car had achieved since the VW Golf in 2004.

VW Golf

After an extremely weak first half (it was #7 in January, February and March!), The VW Golf fares much better in the 2nd half of the year and misses the overall top spot by only 1,652 sales to rank #2 with 435,610 units. It held the top spot 4 times: in August and from October to December. Laborious leader in 2005 and 2006, the Opel Astra drops to #3 in 2007 with 424,509 units, followed by the Ford Focus at 406,944.

Opel Corsa

The Opel Corsa, completely relaunched in late 2006, starts the year with a huge bang and ranks #1 in January! It is the very first time it reaches this spot in Europe in the 25-year life of the nameplate! The Corsa is even #1 over the first Quarter and finishes the year 5th, again a personal best, with 402,092 units, up 42%. The Fiat Punto was #1 in February, taking advantage of a very strong Italian market, but drops to #7 over the full year, down 6% on 2006.

The Toyota Yaris reaches a best-ever 12th spot at year-end with a record 256,267 sales, by far the best ranking for any Japanese model in Europe and the first time a nippon car sells upwards of 250,000 units in a single year on the continent. The Fiat Panda is up 3 spots to #13, the Audi A3 up 4 to break into the European Top 20 for the first time at #19, the Citroen C4 Picasso lands at #24 and the Toyota Auris at #34.

Previous year: Europe 2006: Opel Astra triumphs, Focus and Clio close behind

Next year: Europe 2008: VW Golf defies the GFC

Full Year 2007 Top 80, every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables and every model’s sales below.

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Slovenia 2007: Clio, 207 and Punto on top

January 23rd, 2008 No comments

Renault Clio

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The Slovenian car market is up 12% in 2007 with 65,511 registrations. No surprises on top, the locally produced Renault Clio is still king, however with a slightly lower market share at 9.1% for 5,954 sales. The Peugeot 207 is #2 for its first full year at 2,692 units sold (4.1%).

Fiat Punto

Up 28%, the Fiat Punto climbs back onto the podium for the first time in 4 years with 2,534 sales and 3.9%. Very strong performance of Opel which places the Astra #4 at 3.4% (+55%) and the Corsa at #5 at 3.3% (+41%). At #9 the Citroen Xsara Picasso is strangely getting ever stronger with 2.8% of the market.

Full Year 2007 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Slovenia

Spain 2007: Ford Focus takes the lead

January 22nd, 2008 No comments

Ford Focus

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For the second time only, the Spanish car market is above 1.6 million registrations, down 1% at 1,614,835 units this year. Whereas the pole position was a given for a decade before 2006, it now changes every year! The Ford Focus becomes the best-selling model in Spain in 2007 with 67,241 sales and 4.2% market share, up 13% on 2006. Leader last year, the Seat Ibiza is down 8% to #2 at 55,474 units and 3.4%.

Citroen C4

For its first full year of sales the Peugeot 207 takes off and lands directly on the third step of the podium with 52,741 sales and 3.3%, up 105%. The Citroen C4 improves again, up 6% on 2006 to rank 4th this year at 52,245 units and 3.2%. The Seat Leon also delivers the nameplate’s best year-end ranking ever at #5 with 45,243 sales.

Seat Altea

Lower in the ladder, the Seat Altea jumps up 9 spots to #16 and reaches a best-ever 12th place in January and the BMW 3-Series (#18) and Audi A3 (#19) break into the Yearly Top 20 for the very first time.

Full Year 2007 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Spain

Japan 2007: 37th year of Corolla domination (it’s the last one)

January 22nd, 2008 No comments

Toyota Corolla

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The effect of the new generation on Toyota Corolla’s sales in Japan are rather short-lived: from +24% in January, the year-on-year variation slips into negative as early as August. Nevertheless the Corolla was #1 10 (consecutive) months out of 12, and with 147,069 sales up 3%, it is the best selling car in Japan again this year, a feat it has achieved  in 37 out of the last 38 years. 2007 is to this date the last year the Toyota Corolla managed to top the Japanese sales ranking.

Honda Fit

The Toyota Vitz is solid all year round and clocks up 121,377 sales, up 3%. The Honda Fit takes the 3rd spot with 116,561 units (+15%), a figure that doesn’t reflect the impressive sales surge the model enjoyed at the launch of the 2nd generation in November: +147% at 18,138 units that month and +144% at 18,719 units in December compared to 9,958 for the Corolla…

Enjoying the benefits of a light facelift, the Toyota Passo (aka Daihatsu Sirion) climbs to 4th place with 80,015 sales (+11%), passing the Nissan Serena, stable at #5, and the Toyota Estima, down two spots at #6. The Toyota Voxy and Noah, two versions of a boxy SUV revamped this year, both do very well, ranking respectively #7 at +16% and #10 at +12%. The Voxy peaked at #4 in August.

Toyota Voxy

The Mazda Demio new generation breaks into the Top 10 in 8th place with 65,507 sales, peaking at #5 in July. Notice the excellent progression of the Toyota Prius: without the help of any restyling, it divides its ranking by two, going from #22 in 2006 to #11 in 2007, its sales improving by 20% at 58,315 units.

You can check every monthly Top 30 for 2007 here.

Previous year: Japan 2006: New generation enables Corolla to keep the lead

Next year: Japan 2008: Honda Fit crowned

Full Year 2007 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Japan

Switzerland 2007: Golf, 3 Series and Octavia on podium

January 21st, 2008 1 comment

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The Swiss car market is up 6% in 2007 at 284,674 registrations, and the best-seller title goes once again to the VW Golf, however losing a little bit of ground at -2% and 8,997 sales and 3.2% share. At #2, the BMW 3 Series goes from strength to strength and improves vastly on an already impressive 2006 figure: it is up 19% at 7,414 sales and 2.6%.

The Skoda Octavia climbs onto the podium for the first time in Switzerland, up 12% at 6,156 sales (2.2%). It is followed by the Audi A4 (2.1%) and the VW Touran (2%) again very solid in 5th. For its first full year of sales, the Peugeot 207 breaks into the Top 10 at #6 with 5,496 sales and the Opel Corsa new generation gains 9 spots at #8.

Previous year: Switzerland 2006: Golf leads, BMW 3 Series up to #2

Next year: Switzerland 2008: Skoda Octavia closes in on VW Golf

Full Year 2007 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Switzerland

Poland 2007: Skoda Fabia & Octavia in command

January 20th, 2008 No comments

Skoda Fabia

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Car sales are back up a healthy 23% in Poland this year to 316,217 registrations. Boosted by the new generation launched in March, the Skoda Fabia is a distant leader at 17.017 sales and 5.4% of the market, up 3% year-on-year. It is the third consecutive year and the fourth overall that the Fabia tops the models ranking in Poland.

For the very first time in the country, Skoda delivers a 1-2 ‘a la’ Czech Republic with the Octavia up 2 spots and 16% to #2 with 12,477 sales and 3.9%. It is followed by the Toyota Yaris up 28% to 11,754 units and 3.7%, the Fiat Panda down 11% and the Ford Focus up 22%. The Fiat Grande Punto is up a further 2 spots and 6% to #6 with 8,289 sales while the VW Passat improves further on a record 2006 figure, up 2 ranks and 13% to #7 and 7,505 units.

Sales of Opel Astra are now split between the current generation (#9) and the Astra Classic (#10). Together they add up to 13,723 sales which would earn the nameplate the 2nd place like in 2006. Two newcomers make themselves noticed in the Top 20: the Kia Cee’d lands directly at #14 with 5,741 sales and the Toyota Auris arrives in 15th place at 5,568 units, both grabbing 1.8% of the Polish market.

Previous year: Poland 2006: Skoda Fabia and Opel Astra dominate

Full Year Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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Canada 2007: F Series and Civic dominate, Pontiac still strong

January 20th, 2008 No comments

The Pontiac Pursuit is #13 in Canada in 2007.

In a market up 2% at 1,653,771 registrations, there are no surprises on top: the Top 4 models stay the same: the Ford F-Series (#1), Honda Civic (#2) and Mazda3 (#4) are stable whereas the Dodge Caravan (#3) drops 11%. the only move within the Top 10 is the Toyota Corolla dropping from 5th to 7th (-8%), allowing the Dodge Ram and GMC Sierra to each gain one spot.

The best new entrant in the Top 50 is the Nissan Versa at #17 (+226%), followed by the VW Golf at #28 (+66%) and the Pontiac Grand Prix at #36 (+59%). Very discreet in the US with only two models in the Top 50, Pontiac is much more successful in Canada where it places 6 models in the best-selling 50: the Grand Prix, Pursuit (a rebadged Chevrolet Cobalt), Montana SV6 (aka Chevrolet Uplander), Vibe (aka Toyota Matrix), G6 and Torrent.

Full Year 2007 Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.

The Pontiac Montana SV6 is #20 in Canada in 2007.

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Categories: Canada

Greece 2007: New gen Opel Corsa in command, Astra #2

January 20th, 2008 No comments

Opel Corsa

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Car sales in Greece are up 4% in 2007 at 279,554 registrations. The Opel Corsa celebrates the arrival of its 4th generation by taking the lead of the Greek models ranking at 9,635 sales and 3.4% share of the market, up 7 spots and 63% on 2006. Opel excels in Greece this year and also places the Astra in the 2nd spot at 9,325 sales and 3.3%, up 2 ranks and 17% year-on-year.

Only 6 units below the Astra, the VW Golf stays in a very solid third place, followed by the 2006 leader the Ford Focus (3.1%) and the Toyota Yaris at a best-ever 5th place with 2.9%, up 23% on 2011. The Suzuki Swift continues its progression and gains 6 spots and 33% on 2011 to break into the Year-end Top 10 for the first time at #7.

Daihatsu Terios

All-new for 2007, the Toyota Auris lands directly at a fantastic 8th position with 5,643 sales and 2% share. The Peugeot 207 also makes its first appearance in the Greek Top 10 for its first full year of sales at #9, while the Daihatsu Terios grows by 49% and gains 16 spots to rank #15 with 4,457 sales. Notice also the Citroen C4 up 10 spots to #14 and the Honda Civic up 22 to #24

Previous year: Greece 2006: Ford Focus new leader

Next year: Greece 2008: Opel Astra, Toyota Yaris and Auris most popular

Full Year 2007 and every Monthly Top 50/310 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Greece

Romania 2007: Dacia Logan’s volume stable, share down to 30%

January 19th, 2008 No comments

Dacia Logan

The Romanian car market goes from strength to strength, up 23% this year at 315,621 registrations. With the entrance of the country in the European Union, imports are taking a larger share of sales: from 51% in 2007 to over 60% this year. In this context, the Dacia Logan manages to only drop 1% at 94,949 sales, but sees its market share go down to a more realistic 30.1%.

The Renault Clio stays 2nd and grows with the market at 16,183 sales (+22%) and 5.1% share, followed by the Skoda Octavia at 14,453 units (+19%) and 4.6% share. Very strong performances of the Renault Megane in 4th (+73%), Opel Astra Classic in 5th (+56%) and Chevrolet Aveo in 6th (+83%).

Full Year 2007 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Denmark 2007: VW Passat and Peugeot 207 dominate

January 19th, 2008 No comments

Car sales in Denmark are up 4% in 2007 at 162,668 registrations. #2 in 2006, the VW Passat takes the lead in the country in 2007 with 5,290 sales and 3.3% of the market. The Peugeot 207 follows, it sold 5,070 units (3.1% share) for its first full year of sales.

Very stable, the Skoda Fabia ranks 3rd again at 4,686 sales and 2.9%, just above last year’s leader the Toyota Avensis at 4,601 sales and 2.8%. The Suzuki Swift stays 5th at 2.7% share, and the Opel Corsa (#6) and Citroen C4 Picasso (#9) both break into the Top 10.

Full Top 20 Ranking table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Peugeot 207 pic.

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Categories: Denmark