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Today we welcome a new territory on BestSellingCarsBlog: the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canary Islands are home to just over 2 million people, and 25,071 new vehicles found a buyer in the archipelago in 2012, a sharp 26% year-on-year drop to be compared to -13% in Spain overall… If nationally Volkswagen is the fresh new leader in the brands ranking, the German manufacturer actually celebrates its 8th consecutive year in pole position in the Canary Islands with 3,463 sales and 13.8% vs. 8.9% nationally. The last time VW was not #1 was in 2004 when Renault led.
The Volkswagen Polo could well be the best-selling model in the archipelago. In fact, Canary Islands consumers are much fonder of German and Japanese brands than in the mainland: Opel is #2 at 2,850 units and 11.4% vs. #7 and 7.1% nationally, Ford is #4 with 1,850 sales and 7.4% vs. #6, Nissan is #5 vs. #10 and Toyota is #7 vs. #9. Seat remains #3 at 2,162 units and 8.6% while French manufacturers all lodge weaker results than in the mainland: Renault is #6 vs. #4, Citroen #8 vs. #5 and Peugeot #11 vs. #2.
Other manufacturers doing significantly better in the Canary Islands than in Spain overall are Dacia up to a fantastic 9th place with 1,214 sales and 4.8% vs. #15 and 2.5% nationally, Fiat at #10 and 4.2% vs. #16 and 2.3% and Chevrolet at #13 and 3.3% vs. #17 and 2.2%.
Full Year 2012 Top 40 All-brands Ranking Table below.