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You have now access to Historical new car sales info for Austria for the last 40 years. From 1977 to 1992 the only info I have is that the VW Golf is likely to have remained the best-seller in the country for the whole period. If you have more detailed car sales data for that time or before 1977 please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article or clicking on the ‘Contact us’ tab and filling your details!
The last 40 years of car sales in Austria could be summarised in one word: Golf. Volkswagen’s best-seller has been on top of the sales charts potentially each year since 1977 but has seen its market share weaken over the period, in line with the increased fragmentation of most European car markets. It went from 10.9% in 1994 to a lowest ever 3.7% in 2006 then back up to 5.2% in 2010.
From 2003 onwards there is a monthly ranking available and it shows that between 2003 and 2009 the Golf is not #1 in the country absolutely every month although it has not failed to finish each year in first place. The VW Polo was #1 five times over the period (September 2003, August 2005, August-October 2006, and October 2009) and the VW Passat 3 times (October-November 2005, January 2006). The VW Sharan was #1 in December 2004, the Opel Astra in July 2005, the VW Golf Plus in December 2005, the Skoda Fabia in July 2006, the Audi A4 in August 2008, the Skoda Octavia in February 2009, the Seat Ibiza in June 2009 and the VW Tiguan in October 2012.
Note that the only model managing a monthly pole position in Austria in the last ten years that does not belong to the VAG Group is the Opel Astra for one lonely month in July 2005… From 1996 onwards, there is a Skoda within the Austrian year-end Top 10: the Felicia ranks #7 in 1996, then the Fabia is up to #3 in 2001 and 2003 and #2 in 2004 and 2008, while the Octavia up to #4 in 2009.
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