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The German car market is down 5% this year at 3,929,558 registrations.This is the year the new generation VW Golf and Opel Astra gear up. The VW Golf III enjoys its first full year of sales and ranks directly #1 with 353,066 units for a 9% market share. It didn’t start very well though: the 3rd generation of VW’s best-seller had to wait until April to reach the #1 spot for the first time, but never looked back after that, peaking at 12.9% in October.
With the Golf II still selling 59,182 units this year, this means the Golf nameplate breaks its record as the best-selling nameplate ever in Germany in a single year with a whopping 414,132 units!
The Opel Astra indeed started exceptionally well and was the #1 car in Germany in January, February and March. These would end up being the only 3 times the Astra nameplate ranked #1 in the 20 year-long nameplate history… It peaks at 10.3% share in November and finishes its first full year of sales at 300,804 units and 7.7%, making it by far the most successful nameplate introduction in the history of automobile in Germany! The other two nameplates to have ever sold over 300,000 units in a single year, the VW Beetle and Golf, took respectively 13 and 11 years to achieve this feat!
The VW Passat is down 16% but stays #3, followed by the Opel Vectra (-11%) while the Audi 80 is up one spot and 11% to #5, ahead of the BMW 3 Series, breaking its own record at a massive 148,257 units (+18%) and the Mercedes 200/300 at -11%. 3 more models sell upwards of 100,000 units this year to bring the total to 10, a record like last year.
The Renault 19 is the best-selling foreign model in Germany for the third year in a row at 97,086 sales and 2.5%, up one spot to #11, the highest ranking reached by a foreign model in the country since the Renault 4 in the early seventies. The Renault Clio (#15) is the only other foreign model in the Top 20.
Full Top 100 Ranking Table below.
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French car sales are up 4% this year to 2,105,700 registrations. 18 months after its original launch, the Renault Clio finds its mark and dominates the whole year, ranking 1st from January to December and peaking at 12.6% in October for what still remains today its best ever monthly market share. It finishes the year at 233,209 units and 11.1% market share, up 21%.
Boosted by its facelift, the Renault 19 climbs onto the second step of the podium with 148,392 sales and 7% share, up 25%. The Peugeot 205 drops to 3rd place at 129,546 units and 6.2%, giving way to the Peugeot 106. The relay was passed in October when the 106 ranked above the 205 for the first time and kept the lead for the rest of the year. The 106 finished the year at #7 with 97,820 sales and 4.6%.
Other good performers this year: the Citroen ZX up 3 spots and 53% to #6 at 98,578 units (4.7%). The VW Golf up 36% to 83,402 sales and 4%, the best ever annual market share for a foreign model in France. The Ford Fiesta, up 9% to 79,513 units and 3.8%, the Opel Astra, up to #16 for its first full year of sales with 34,539 sales and 1.6% and the Renault Safrane, best newcomer landing directly in 19th place at 29,510 units and 1.4% share.
Further down the ranking, notice the arrival of the first South Korean models ever to be available in France: the Hyundai Pony is #117 with 632 sales, the Hyundai Lantra is #125 at 473 units, the Hyundai Scoupe #162 with 100 sales and the Hyundai Sonata #164 at 84 units.
Daihatsu also makes its first appearance in France with the Charade best-seller at #173 and 64 sales, and so does Subaru with the Legacy selling 60 units (#176). See also the Ferrari 512 landing at #166 with 75 sales, just below the Ferrari 348 (115 units), while the Ferrari F40 sees its sales jump 67% to 10 units…
Previous year: see the 1991 French Top 217 best-selling models here.
Full Year 1992 Top 233 and every monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.
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The Fiat Uno stays strong both years in Portugal at 26,096 sales and 11.5% in 1991 and 28,588 and 10.3% in 1992. It is joined on the podium both times by the Renault Clio at 10.6% then 9.7% and the Opel Corsa at 9.3% then 7.5%. The Citroen AX ranks 4th in ’91 at 5.6% share with the Ford Fiesta #5 at 5.3% before the two models exchange positions in ’92. The Peugeot 205 (#6 in ’91), Renault 19 (#6 in ’92), Seat Ibiza and VW Golf also shine.
Previous post: Portugal 1990: Fiat Uno dominates
Full 1991-1992 Top 10 Ranking Table below.
The VW Gol grabs over 18% of the Brazilian market in 1992 with 135,668 sales, ahead of the Fiat Uno at 86,898 sales and the Chevrolet Monza at 53,505 units.
In fact the podium has stayed unchanged for the last 3 years, with the Gol delivering 102,204 units in 1991 and 104,271 in 1990, the Uno selling 94,861 models in 1991 and 63,646 in 1990 and the Chevrolet Monza at 54,856 sales in 1991 and 54,984 in 1990.
The Chevrolet Kadett, #5 in 1990 and 1991, climbs to #4 in 1992 at 41,933 sales and the VW Parati is #5 in 1992 at 31,893 units. The Ford Escort ranks 4th in 1991.
Notice the ‘only-in-Brazil’ models in the 1992 ranking: the Ford Verona (a 3-door Escort sedan) at #9, the Ford Versailles (a rebadged VW Santana) at #12, the VW Apollo (a rebadged Ford Escort) at #15, the VW Quantum (a Santana Station Wagon) at #17, Chevrolet Ipanema (Monza Station Wagon) at #18 and Ford Royale (Versailles Station Wagon) at #19.
Full Top 20 Ranking Tables for 1990, 1991 and 1992 below.
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New car sales in Italy reach a record level in 1992 at 2,374,775 registrations. The Fiat Uno is very stable in pole position with 336,262 sales and 14.2% share. The Fiat Panda reclaims its 2nd spot at 158,641 units (6.7%), just above the Ford Fiesta at 157,827 (6.6%). The Renault Clio gains one spot in 4th place and 5% share, passing the Fiat Tipo (4.9%).
Below the Lancia Y10 (4.3%) and the VW Polo (3.9%), the new gen VW Golf is 8th at 92,243 units, which doesn’t reflect its impressive progression throughout the year: it ranked #3 in August and December, and even #2 in November. The Fiat Cinquecento, launched in late ’91, reaches an encouraging 7th place with 10,012 sales in March but did not improve on it this year. It finishes 1992 in 12th place only.
Previous year: Italy 1991: Fiat Uno and Ford Fiesta in command
Full Top 15 and every Monthly Top 10 Ranking Tables below.
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After two years of Ford Fiesta domination, the Ford Escort is back on top of the UK ranking with 121,140 sales and 7.6%, up 15% and one percentage point year-on-year. This may have something to do with the facelift the 5th generation received in September.
The Vauxhall Cavalier is out of luck: now that it passed the Ford Fiesta, it is below the Escort and Vauxhall is therefore not able to interrupt the 20 year-long reign of Ford models. The Cavalier sells 108,818 units at 6.8% share, just above the Ford Fiesta at 106,595 units and 6.7%.
In 4th place, the Vauxhall Astra is boosted by the new generation launched last year, up 1 spot and 39% at 86,858 sales. The Rover 200 is up 13% to a record 77,214 units, stable at #6, as is the Rover Metro at #7 and 3.6%. The 5 year-old Peugeot 405 becomes the best selling foreign model in the UK at #8 and 3% share, up 17%, while the Renault Clio makes its very first appearance in the annual UK Top 10 at #10 and 2.2%.
Full 1992 Top 20 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Peugeot 405 pic.
1992 Ford EB Falcon. Picture by The Scooter Guy, all rights reserved.
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The Australian car market is back in shape in 1992, up 5% year-on-year to 542,077 registrations. 1992 will stay in history as the year the fight between the Ford Falcon and the Holden Commodore was the most intense and sales figures at year-end the closest. Helped by the return of V8 variants in its range, the Ford Falcon takes the lead for possibly the first time since 1987 in spite of a dreadful start of the year (2,114 sales vs. 3,689 for the Commodore in January). But only 191 units separate the two models at year-end! The Falcon is at 57,832 sales and 10.7% share (up 19%) while the Commodore is at 57,641 and 10.6% (up 13%)!
In third place the Mitsubishi Magna/Verada continues to progress, up 18% to 34,009 sales and 6.3% share while all 4 following models fall: the Toyota Camry at #4 and -7%, the Toyota Corolla at #5 and -8%, the Ford Laser at #6 and -32% and the Nissan Pulsar at #7 and -23%. Notice also the Mazda 626 up 61% to #9 and the Mitsubishi Pajero up 48% to #15.
Previous year: Australia 1991: Holden Commodore keeps pole position
Full Year Top 50 and February 1992 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.
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The traditional VW Golf / Opel Kadett battle for the European best-seller title takes a completely different direction in 1992. To improve its chances of putting its star model in the top spot, Opel ditches the Kadett nameplate and launches a totally new model, the Opel Astra, to coincide with the launch of the Golf 3.
And it works, at least at the start. The Astra starts better than the Golf 3 and even takes the leadership in Germany for a couple of months. In Europe, Golf 3 and Astra figures are neck-to-neck throughout the year but the final ranking, adding 2nd gen sales to the Golf figure, sees the VW keep the top spot with 783,839 sales and 5.8%, with the Opel Astra #2 at 669,371 sales and 5%. The Golf nameplate therefore celebrates its 10th consecutive year atop European sales.
The Ford Escort (incl. Orion) ranks #3 at 613,265 units followed by the Renault Clio gaining 10% to 596,880 sales and passing the Ford Fiesta, down 2% to 581,605 units. The Fiat Uno is #6 with 512,583 sales followed by the Renault 19 and Opel Vectra. Notice the impressive arrival of the BMW 3 Series at #13 with 283,299 units.
The best-selling Japanese model in Europe in 1992 is the Nissan Sunny at #24 with 138,412 sales, ahead of the Toyota Corolla at #25 and 135,887 units and the Nissan Primera at #26 with 134,902 units.
Full Year 1992 Top 40 Ranking Table below.
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Lots of change in the Spanish models ranking in 1992: for the first time in the nineties the Renault 19 is not the best seller, the honour going to the Renault Clio this year with 60,398 sales and 7% share. The Renault 19 is not far at 57,562 units.
There are no less than 3 newcomers in the Top 6, the Citroen ZX being the most successful, directly on the podium for its first full year of sales with a 6% market share! The Seat Toledo lands directly in 5th place with 44,432 sales and 5.2%, and the Opel Astra is 6th at 43,018 units and 5%.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Seat Toledo pic.