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Up until now, the European car market had been holding itself rather well given the continent’s economic situation and currency crisis. But November is down 5%, with Germany the only Big Five country to register a year-on-year increase (+3%), at 1,043,317 units, bringing the year-to-date total down to -1.2% and 12,510,265 units.
Volkswagen keeps its hold on the models ranking, placing the VW Golf at #1 with a solid 3.6% share thanks to 37,059 sales – identical to its 2011 year-to-date market share at 449,882 units, and the VW Polo at #2 with 2.7% and 28,413 sales, slightly above its 2.6% 2011 YTD share. Up two ranks on October, the Opel Corsa climbs on the podium for the second time in the last 3 months but without the help of an inflated UK market this time, at 23,886 sales and 2.3%.
Other good performers this month include the Opel Astra, up 3% year-on-year at #6, the VW Passat up a massive 116% on November 2011 to #7 and 19,432 sales. The Ford Focus is down a worrying 15% year-on-year in spite of the arrival of the new generation in dealerships in the meantime.
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Full November 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.