Greece 1996: Fiat Punto in the lead

Fiat Punto

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In 1996 Greek consumers bought 136,856 new cars and Fiat is by far the best-selling brand in the country thanks to exceptional sales of the Fiat Punto, the most popular model in Greece this year with 5,207 sales over 11 months.

It is followed by the VW Polo at 4,627 units and the Nissan Almera with 3,837 sales, with the Hyundai Accent, Fiat Cinquecento and Toyota Corolla occupying the next 3 spots (all figures/rankings over 11 months).

Previous year: Greece 1995: Fiat Punto and Cinquecento shine

Next year: Greece 1997: Hyundai Accent new favourite

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Argentina 1996: VW Gol takes the lead

VW Gol

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The VW Gol had an interesting career in Argentina: a little bit like in Brazil, it was not an instant hit but once on top of the models rankings it became very hard to dislodge… With the 2nd generation launched in the country in late 1995, the VW Gol takes the command of the Argentinean market in 1996 with 32,250 sales and 10.8% share.

With the Ford Falcon, Renault 12, Fiat Duna and Renaul 9 dominating the rankings since the mid-60s, it is possible that the Gol could be the first hatchback to rank #1 in Argentina in 30 years… The Fiat Duna drops to 2nd place at 26,231 units and 8.9%, followed by the Ford Fiesta with 24,052 sales and 8%.

Peugeot 504

Further down, the Renault 19 (6.6%) and Renault 9 (6.3%) post solid outings while the 28 year-old Peugeot 504 enjoys its last year within the Top 10 best-selling cars in Argentina at #9 with 13,224 sales and 4.4%.

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USA 1996: Ford F-Series at 780,000 sales, new Dodge Ram lands

Ford F-Series

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Pick-ups are getting more and more dominant in the overall American models ranking, with the Ford F-Series celebrating its 15th year in a row at #1 with a record 780,838 sales, up 13% year-on-year thanks to the new generation.

Dodge Ram

The Chevrolet C/K is down 2% at 526,960 units and the Dodge Ram appears in the year-end Top 10 for the first time at #5 with 383,960 sales.

Ford Taurus

Below the Ford Explorer up 2% at 402,663 units, the Ford Taurus is the best-selling passenger car for the 5th consecutive year and hits its best-ever volume this year at 401,049 sales, up 9%. The Honda Accord (+12%) and Toyota Camry (+9%) follow.

Previous year: see the 1995 USA post here.

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Philippines 1995-1996: Toyota Corolla & Tamaraw FX dominate

Toyota Tamaraw FX

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Car sales are buoyant indeed over the period in the Philippines, reaching 128,829 in 1995 and 162,056 in 1996, a new record that would last for nearly 15 years. The Toyota Corolla is master of the roads at 16,323 sales and 12.7% in ’95 and 17,686 units and 10.9% in ’96. That latter figure is still to this date a model yearly sales record in the country.

Honda Civic

In 2nd place in ’95 with 15,661 sales and 12.2% share we find the Toyota Tamaraw FX, a Filipino curiosity and an icon in the country, widely used as a taxi minivan in the streets of Manila. It drops to #3 in ’96 at a still very robust 9.3% share behind the Honda Civic at 15,899 units and 9.8%.

Other successful models over the period include the Nissan Sentra, #3 in ’95 at 9.8%, the Mitsubishi Lancer, #4 both years and the Mitsubishi L300 Crew Cab, #6 in ’96 at 5.6%. Mitsubishi is the second best-selling brand in the Philippines over the period at a strong 24.6% share in ’95.

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Germany 1996: Golf leads, Opel Corsa and VW Polo at their best

Opel Corsa

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A very good year for German car sales, up 5.5% to 3,496,709 registrations. The last 5 years’ dominating duo, the VW Golf and Opel Astra, are starting to show their age: the Golf is down 6% to 321,089 sales and 9.7% share, below the 10% mark for the first time since 1992. The Opel Astra drops under 200,000 yearly sales for the first time ever in a full year, down 10% to 198,384 registrations.

1996 is the year of the small car in Germany: the Opel Corsa threatens its big sister the Astra for the 2nd spot and finishes at a best-ever third place with 147,421 units and 4.5%, while the VW Polo also hits its best-ever position in Germany at #4 with 145,117 sales, up 22% on 1995 and here too its best annual volume ever.

VW Polo

Further down the ranking, the Audi A4 is up 13% and 2 spots to #5, ahead of two great performers: the Opel Vectra in 6th (+58%) and Mercedes E Class in 7th (+56%). No less than 5 more models sell more than 100,000 units this year in Germany, bringing the total to 12 models at that level, a new record!

New for this year, the Renault Megane lands directly in 15th place with 62,806 sales and is already the best-selling imported model! The Fiat Punto at #16 and the Renault Twingo at #19 follow. Notice the Fiat Bravo/Brava up to #22 at 37,599 units.

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France 1996: Renault Clio softer, Megane already #2

Renault Clio

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Boosted by another row of scrappage schemes, the French new car market is up 10% in 1996 at 2,132.091 registrations, back above 2 million units for the first time since 1992. The Renault Clio keeps its title of best-selling model for the 5th consecutive year but in spite of a facelift during the year drops 4% to 163,696 sales and 7.7%.

Renault Megane

The big event of the year is obviously the thundering arrival of the Renault Megane in 2nd place at 136,688 units and 6.4%. Launched in November 1995, the Megane climbed to #2 as early as January 1996 with 6.2% share. The arrival in September of the MPV version, the Megane Scenic, enabled to Megane to take the lead of the market in November and December.

Peugeot 106

The facelifted Peugeot 106 lodges its best year so far with 129,017 sales and 6.1%, up 11%. It even threatened the Clio for the monthly #1 spot in April and May. At #4 the Renault Twingo continues to progress at +2% to 115,178 units and 5.4%, just above the Peugeot 306 down only 4% but 3 spots to 113,356 sales and 5.3%.

Daewoo Nexia

The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling imported car at #8 and 3.6%, up 16% ahead of the Opel Corsa (+18%) and Fiat Punto (+11%) for the first time in the year-end Top 10. Other good performers include the Peugeot 406 up to #12 and the Citroen Saxo up to #14, breaking into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in July at #7 and 4%.

Notice the Fiat Bravo/Brava at #19 and the Opel Vectra at #20. 1996 is the first year a Korean model ever ranked within the year-end Top 50 in France: the Daewoo Nexia is #39 with 9,541 sales and 0.4%, up 118% on 1995. The Ford Ka, which will give Ford’s design a new direction in the next decade, lands at #59.

Previous year: see the France 1995 Top 100 best-selling models here.

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Sweden 1995-1996: Volvo 850 at its best

Volvo 850

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Swedish car sales are up 9% in ’95 to 169,756 registrations and up 6% in ’96 to 180,181 units. The Volvo 850 delivers its best year ever in ’95, up 10% to 24,514 sales and 14.4% market share. It is then down 8% in ’96 to 22,625 units and 12.3%. The Volvo 900 follows, up a massive 41% in ’95 to 19,351 sales and 11.4%, then down 31% in ’96 to 13,292 units and 7.2%.

Volvo 940

The Saab 9000 ranks #3 in ’95, up 33% to 9,537 sales and 5.6% but is down 19% in ’96 to #6 and 7,733 units. In 4th place in ’95 we find the Saab 900 (-18%), it will drop down one spot and 11% in ’96 to #5. The VW Golf reclaims the title of best-selling foreign model in Sweden in ’95 at #5 with 4.7% and keeps it in ’96, climbing onto the podium at #3 with 9,251 sales and 5% share. The Ford Escort (4.4%), Opel Astra (3.8%), Ford Mondeo (3.2%) and Volvo 400 (3%) follow in ’95 while in ’96 the Volvo S40/V40 makes a thunderous arrival directly in 7th place.

Previous post: see the Swedish 1993-1994 Top 25 best-selling models here.

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Denmark 1996: Toyota Carina and VW Polo on top

Toyota Carina

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While the Toyota Carina brilliantly keeps the lead of the Danish models ranking thanks to 6,679 sales and 4.8%, the VW Polo is up a spectacular 27 spots on its 1994 ranking to 2nd place with 6,389 units and 4.6% share. It would even be #1 if sales of the Polo Classic (#34 at 1,188 units) were added… The Opel Vectra, up 10 ranks on 1994, rounds up the podium with 5,846 sales and 4.2%.

VW Polo

The Toyota Corolla, Opel Astra and Ford Mondeo follow, while the Skoda Felicia lands at #8, the Peugeot 406 ranks #11, the Fiat Bravo/a arrives at #18, the Renault Megane is #21, the Audi A4 #23, the Toyota Starlet #24, the Volvo S/V40 #28 and the Hyundai Accent #29.

Previous post: Denmark 1994: Toyota Carina takes the lead in market up 70%

Next post: Denmark 1998: Great start for the Toyota Avensis

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Portugal 1995: Fiat Punto takes the lead at 14% of the market

Fiat Punto

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The Portuguese new car market is down 13% in 1995 to 201,444 registrations. After falling only 49 units short of the pole position last year, the Fiat Punto takes its revenge over the Opel Corsa in 1995 and leads the models ranking with 28,215 sales an enormous 14% market share. The Opel Corsa drops 28% to #2 at 20,748 units and 10.3%, ahead of the Renault Clio with 13,418 sales and 6.7%, the Ford Fiesta at 10,581 units and 5.3% and the Peugeot 106 with 10,429 sales and 5.2%.

The VW Polo is up a brilliant 16 spots and 236% year-on-year to #6 thanks to the new generation, while the Rover 200/400 stays in the Portuguese Top 10 for the third consecutive year. Notice the Fiat Bravo/a making a remarkable appearance at #10 in December.

Previous year: Portugal 1994: Opel Corsa and Fiat Punto both at 12.4% share!

Next year: Portugal 1996: Fiat Punto on top, Honda Civic up to #8

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Brazil 1995: VW Gol back to #1, Fiat Tipo leads for a month

1994 VW Gol

Thanks to the second generation launched last year, the VW Gol reclaims the title of best-selling car in Brazil in 1995 with 287,443 sales and 22.1% share, up 30% on 1994. The Gol was market leader 8 months out of 12 and peaked at 31,276 sales in August, its first time above 30,000 monthly units ever in Brazil.

The Fiat Uno drops to #2 this year at 250,464 sales and 19.3% share (+13%), it was #1 in February, March and October and reached 28,828 sales in November, its best ever volume in Brazil.

The Fiat Tipo led the Brazilian market in January 1995 with 13,298 sales.

The Fiat Tipo, imported from Italy, made the headlines in January when it simply took the leadership of the Brazilian market with 13,298 sales! It finishes the year in 5th position with 83,295 units. The Chevrolet Corsa is #3 at 152,000 sales, followed by the Ford Escort at 99,546. Another import, the VW Golf, does extremely well and ranks 6th with 46,622 sales ahead of the Fiat Tempra at 39,736.

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