The VW Golf was #1 in Belgium from 1989 to 2001 and has been since 2010
* See the direct links to these 11 Historical articles by clicking on the title! Thanks to STAC *
Thanks to STAC I am now able to share with you more detailed Historical Data for Belgium up to 1989. If you have any information for this country prior to 1989 please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article or clicking on the ‘Contact us’ tab! From 1989 to 2001 we witness the uninterrupted reign of the VW Golf spanning three generations but seeing its market share slide down progressively…
The Peugeot 206 ranked #1 in Belgium from 2002 to 2005
In 2002 the Peugeot 206 breaks at least 13 years of Golf domination and stays on top for 4 consecutive years before giving up its throne to the Opel Astra in 2006. The Peugeot 207 takes the relay for two years in 2007 and 2008, then the Ford Fiesta manages to grab the pole position in Belgium for the first time in the nameplate’s 30 years career. Since 2010 the VW Golf is back to the #1 spot.
The BMW 3 Series ranked #4 in Belgium in 2007 and 2008
Witness also the success of the BMW 3 Series, making its way up the ranking all through the period to fall short of the podium for only 10 units in 2008… the Renault Megane ranking #2 in 1998 and 2011… the Peugeot 307 #2 from 2003 to 2005… the Opel Kadett #2 in 1989… the Toyota Corolla #5 in 1989 and the Ford Mondeo directly #4 in 1994 for its first full year of sales in the country.
The direct links to these 11 Belgium Historical articles are below.
* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to DC *
It is surprisingly rare to obtain a models ranking for Belgium, and thanks to DC we finally have our first one for 2012! Over the first 7 months of the year, the Belgian new car market is down 13% on 2011 to 285,116 registrations. The models ranking is biased by the fact that MPV versions of compact cars are counted together. This means the Renault Megane/Scenic leads the way by far with 13,571 sales and 5.3%, ahead of the VW Golf at 7,881 units and 3.1% and the Citroen C4/C4 Picasso with 6,068 sales and 2.4%.
BMW 5 Series
Based on 2011 models splits, I estimate the Renault Megane to still lead the ranking over the period with 8,414 sales and 3.3%, followed by the VW Golf at 3.1%, the VW Polo and Opel Corsa at 2.3% and the Opel Astra and Renault Clio at 2.2%.
Further down, the best performance so far in 2012 is without a doubt delivered by the BMW 5 Series, brilliantly climbing into the Top 10 with 4,490 sales and 1.7% share. The Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner both fall just short of breaking into the Top 10, but if these two identical models were counted together they would rank at an unbelievable second place!
Previous post: Belgium Full Year 2011: VW Golf ahead of Renault Megane
One year ago: Belgium July 2011: Renault Megane/Fluence in the lead
Full 7 months 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.
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Record year in 2011 for Belgian car sales in spite of the economic crisis settling in again in Europe: the market is up 5% on 2010 to 572,211 units. Never before had Belgium bought so many new cars in a single year! For the 2nd consecutive year, the VW Golf is the best-selling model in the country with sales up 9% to 20,144 units and 3.5% share. It is the first time in 10 years that the Golf sells above 20,000 units in a single year in Belgium…
In Belgium sales of the Renault Fluence are accounted with the Mégane and the two models add up to 18,392 units and 3.2% share this year, up a massive 27% for a brilliant 2nd place. The VW Polo stays #3 with 16,295 sales and 2.8%, up 4%, ahead of the Ford Fiesta down 2 spots and 9% to #4 at 14,693 units and 2.6%.
The Renault Clio is #5 again (+9%) followed by the Opel Astra (+21%), Corsa (+13%) and Renaut Scénic (+1%). The Citroen C3 breaks into the Top 10 at #9. Further down the ranking, notice the BMW 5 Series estimated to be #11, the excellent 12th place of the Dacia Duster, the VW Passat up to #14 and the Mercedes C-Class at #16.
Previous post: Belgium July 2011: Renault Megane/Fluence in the lead
Previous year: Belgium 2010: VW Golf takes off, Renault Megane shines
Full Year 2011 Top 35 Ranking Table below.
* See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at end of post! *
I only get access to Belgian sales a couple of times a year (thanks to es.autoblog.com) and this is one of those! Surprise on top: the Renault Fluence/Megane (sales are combined) leads with 920 sales and 2.6% share, just above the VW Golf at 908 units and 2.6% also. The Renault Clio rounds up the podium with 860 sales and 2.5% share.
Mercedes E Class
Other good performers in this month’s Top 10 are the Renault Scenic up to #6, the VW Passat up to #8 and the new generation Ford Focus in 10th place. The Dacia Duster shines at #13 with 518 sales and 1.5% share. Notice the Mercedes C Class at a brilliant 12th position and the E Class in 20th place.
Previous post: see the January 2011 Belgium Top 20 best-selling models here.
Full July 2011 Top 20 Ranking Table below.
Car sales in Belgium are up 8% year-on-year in January at 53,236 registrations. No surprises on top, the VW Golf leads the way ahead of the VW Polo, exactly like in October 2010 (date of my last figures), however with weaker market shares at 3.3% and 2.8% respectively.
The Renault Megane/Fluence (sales of the two models are not separated) jumps onto the podium with 1,436 sales and 2.7%, followed by the Ford Fiesta and Opel Astra. The Opel Insignia is in the Top 10 and seems to get better with age… Notice the strong showings of the BMW 5 Series (#13), Volvo S60/V60 (#16) and Dacia Duster (#22).
Full Top 23 Ranking Table below.
* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 10 best-selling models, many thanks to Florian for the tip! *
Car sales are up a very healthy 15% in the country this year at 547,347 registrations. After a shy start in 2009, the last generation of VW Golf takes off with sales up 52% to 18,538 units or 3.4% share. The Ford Fiesta loses its best-seller title and drops to #2 with 16,130 sales (2.9%), up 17% while the VW Polo rounds up the podium with 15,607 sales, up 49%. The biggest progression in the Top 10 is delivered by the Renault Megane, boosted by its new generation, up 59% to 14,537 units in 4th place. Notice also the Renault Clio up 29% to #5 and the Renault Scenic up 34% to #9.
Previous year: Belgium 2009: Ford Fiesta and VW Golf pass Peugeot 207
Next year: Belgium 2011: VW Golf ahead of Renault Megane
Full Year 2010 Top 10 Ranking Table below.
The Belgian car market is up a healthy 10% in October with 43,570 registrations. Like in Germany, Volkswagen pulls a 1-2 this month with the Golf/Jetta #1 at 3.8% followed by the Polo at 3%.
The French influence is also being felt in Belgium with the Renault Clio, Megane/Fluence and Scenic in 3rd, 4th and 6th respectively and the Peugeot 207 at #7. Very solid performances of the Opel Insignia in #13 and the Dacia Sandero in #14 (both at 1.3%).
Full Top 15 Ranking table below.
The Belgian car market is up a healthy 17% during the first semester 2010 with 320,203 registrations.
The VW Golf is #1 by a large margin with nearly 12,000 units sold and a strong 3.7% market share, up from 2.9% in 2009. The Ford Fiesta is #2 like in 2009 with 2.8%. 3rd and Belgium’s performer of the year is the Citroen C3 with 2.7% of the Belgian market. It is however unclear whether this figure includes the C3 Picasso.
In spite of a slight market share improvement at 2.6%, the Peugeot 207 drops to 4th, ahead of the Renault Clio at 2,4%.
Interesting to notice the Citroen Berlingo in 9th and the Peugeot Partner in 17th, whereas the Renault Kangoo is nowhere to be seen… Also, the Peugeot 3008 breaks into the Top 20, just: it is 20th with 4,398 units sold for a 1.4% market share.
Full Top 20 ranking table below.
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The Belgian car market suffers from the GFC in 2009, down 12% at 476,194 registrations. The market fragments further, with all models under 3% share, making Belgium the most fragmented market in the world with Switzerland! Boosted like a rocket by the new generation, the Ford Fiesta jumps a huge 14 spots and 71% on 2008 to land in pole position in Belgium for the first time in the nameplate’s 30+ years career with 13,728 sales and 2.9% share. The VW Golf is down 11% to 12,190 sales and 2.6%.
The Peugeot 207 is relegated in 3rd place at 2.5%, then no less than 11 cars fit within 1,400 sales (0.3%), from the VW Polo at #4 and 10,527 sales to the Renault Megane at #14 with 9,142 sales. The Citroen Berlingo shines at #8 with 9,926 sales, up 8 spots and 30% on 2008, while the Citroen C3 is up 3 spots and 1% to #9. The Peugeot Partner (#16) and Audi A3 (#19) appear in the Top 20.
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Full Year 2009 Top 20 Ranking Table below.
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After the Peugeot 206 from 2002 to 2005, the Peugeot 207 reigns over the Belgian market in 2007 with 16,779 sales and 3.2% and 2008 at 18,316 units and 3.4% respectively. It is followed by the Opel Astra in 2007 at 14,231 sales and 2.7% then by the VW Golf in 2008 at 13,660 units and 2.5%, up 4 spots and 11% on a paltry 6th position in 2007.
BMW 3 Series
The 3rd position goes to the Opel Corsa in 2007 (2.5%) then the Ford Focus in 2008, gaining 4 spots on 2007 even though its share didn’t move at 2.3%. Notice the outstanding performance of the BMW 3 Series, 4th in both years at 12,779 sales (2.4%) then 12,688 (2.3%), missing the podium for only 10 units… The Citroen C4 Picasso breaks into the annual Top 10 in 2008 at #10 with 10,422 units and 1.9% share, while the Peugeot 308 just misses out for its first full year of sales, #11 with 10,082 sales that same year.
Previous post: Belgium 2006: Opel Astra #1 in disputed year
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Full Year 2007 and 2008 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.