The Opel Corsa was on the Portuguese podium without interruption between 1989 and 1999.
The direct links to 26 Portugal Historical Data posts are below.
Portuguese Historical Data going back 28 years up to 1989 is available. 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 superminis 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 since 2002 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, and from 2013 to 2017 the Renault Clio was Portuguese consumers’ favourite whereas the Renault Megane took the lead in 2004, 2007 and was #1 each year between 2009 and 2012…
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%
Portugal 2015: Renault Clio clear winner in market up 25%
Portugal 2016: Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 top market up 16%
Portugal 2017: Renault Clio leads for 5th consecutive year
Source: Autohoje and Guia de Automobiel. Many thanks to José, STAC and Tuga for sharing the data.