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Car sales in Finland are up a very healthy 9% in December at 6,743 registrations, bringing the final 2011 total to 124,477 units, up an equally healthy 13% on 2010. VW and Volvo had an excellent month of December in Finland, VW placing the Passat at #3 (+3 on November), the Polo at #6 (+11) and the Jetta at #12 (+5) and Volvo getting the V70 at #5 (+4), the XC60 at #7 (+6) and the V60 at #15 (+5).
Over the Full Year 2011, Finland has got itself a new favourite car: the Skoda Octavia, best-selling model in the country for the very first time thanks to sales up 8% to 5,937 units and 4.8% share. This new leadership took effect very late in the year with the Octavia jumping up to #1 at the end of October. After 3 years in pole position, the VW Golf drops to 2nd place with 5,627 sales and 4.5% down 9%. The Toyota Avensis and Nissan Qashqai stay 3rd and 4th respectively at 4,586 units (-3%) and 4,390 (+4%).
Excellent year for the VW Passat, up 83% and 8 spots to #5 and 3,952 sales thanks to the new generation. The new Ford Focus is also up 30% but just one spot on 2010 at #6. Both the Audi A4 at #9 (+12%) and the Ford Mondeo at #10 (-5%) reappear in the Finnish Top 10 this year. Other great 2011 performers include the Mercedes C Class up 37% to #19 and the BMW 5 Series up 35% to #20.
There are no less than 6 newcomers in the 2011 Top 30. Among them are the Citroen C4 up 76% to #23, the VW Jetta up 138% to #24, the Volvo V60 up 880% to #26 and the Nissan Juke up 466% to #28.
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Full Year 2011 Top 30 and December Top 20 Ranking Tables below.