The Opel Corsa was on the Portuguese podium without interruption between 1989 and 1999.
The direct links to 22 Portugal Historical Data posts are below.
Thanks to José and STAC I can now share with you more detailed Historical Data for Portugal going back 25 years up to 1989. There are now complete sales figures and market shares for most years since 1989. The nineties was the theatre of an intense battle between Fiat's supermini and the Opel Corsa. The Fiat Uno is leader in Portugal from 1989 to 1992 before the Opel Corsa takes the lead in 1993 with a fantastic 11.1% share, improving to 12.4% in 1994. That year the Fiat Punto fell short of grabbing the pole position by only 49 units, totalling 28,904 sales vs. 28,953 for the Corsa.
The Fiat Punto was #1 in Portugal in 1995, 1996 and 2000
The Fiat Punto would become Portugal's favourite car in 1995 (reaching a record 14% market share), 1996 and 2000 while the Opel Corsa reclaimed its throne in 1997, 1998 and 2001 (for just 3 units that year). The Renault Clio interrupted the Corsa-Punto battle for one year in 1999, and from 2002 onwards the Portuguese pole position has been a Renault affair, bar two years in 2005 and 2006 when the Opel Astra was the best-seller.
The Renault Megane has topped the Portuguese sales charts 6 times so far.
In 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2014 the Renault Clio was Portuguese consumers' favourite car whereas the Renault Megane took the lead in 2004, 2007 and was #1 each year between 2009 and 2012...
The direct links to the 22 Portugal Historical Data articles are below.
Portugal Historical Data:
Portugal 1989: Fiat Uno and Opel Corsa on top
Portugal 1990: Fiat Uno dominates
Portugal 1991-1992: Fiat Uno and Renault Clio most popular
Portugal 1993: Opel Corsa over 11% of the market
Portugal 1994: Opel Corsa and Fiat Punto both at 12.4% share!
Portugal 1995: Fiat Punto takes the lead at 14% of the market
Portugal 1996: Fiat Punto on top, Honda Civic up to #8
Portugal 1997: Opel Corsa reclaims pole position, Fiat Marea #17
Portugal 1998: Opel Corsa and Fiat Punto fight it out
Portugal 1999: Renault Clio takes the lead for the first time
Portugal 2000: Fiat Punto leads the market
Portugal 2001: Opel Corsa and Renault Clio fight
Portugal 2002-2003: Renault Clio takes command
Portugal 2004: Edgy Renault Megane hits the mark
Portugal 2005-2006: Opel Astra climbs on top
Portugal 2007: Renault Megane and Opel Astra over 10,000 units
Portugal 2008: Renault holds Top 2 spots with Clio and Megane
Portugal 2009: Renault Megane #1, VW Golf up to best-ever #2
Portugal 2010: Renault Megane #1 for 2nd year in a row, Seat Ibiza up to #2
Portugal 2011: Renault Megane, Seat Ibiza and Renault Clio on podium
Portugal 2012: Renault Megane #1 again, BMW 1 Series up to #7
Portugal 2013: Renault Clio takes the lead for the first time in 5 years
Portugal 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf is market up 35%
Source: Autohoje and Guia de Automobiel. Many thanks to José, STAC and Tuga for sharing the data.