Norway 2002-2003: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Toyota Corolla

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The Norwegian car market drops under 90,000 units over the period at 88,721 registrations in 2002 and 89,920 in 2003. The lead changes again and Volkswagen gives up the pole position to Toyota with the Corolla at #1 both years at 5.7% then 4.8% of the market.

The VW Passat, leader in 2001, drops to #2 in 2002 and #4 in 2003, whereas the Toyota Avensis jumps from #7 in 2002 to #2 in 2003 at 3,959 sales and 4.4%. The Peugeot 307 delivers astounding figures, #4 in 2002 at 4% of the market and #3 in 2003 at 4.3%. The Ford Mondeo is down to #5 and the VW Golf down to #7.

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Mexico 2003: VW Pointer leads, Chevy and Tsuru follow

In 2003 the best selling car in Mexico is the VW Pointer (aka Gol) with 69,816 sales, only 750 units above the Chevrolet Chevy C2 at 69,069 sales. The Nissan Tsuru comes in 3rd at 60,536 units followed by the Nissan Platina (aka Renault Symbol) at 51,383 sales and the VW Jetta at 47,877.

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Poland 2003: Skoda Fabia takes the lead

Skoda Fabia

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After 3 consecutive years of reduced sales, the Polish car market is back on the up in 2003 at 363,800 registrations, 17% better than in 2002. For the first time in Poland, the Skoda Fabia is the best-selling model in the country, up 20% to 31,418 sales and 8.6% share and putting an end to the 4 years reign of the Fiat Seicento, down 4% to #2 with 28,158 units and 7.7%. The Fiat Punto rounds up the podium again with 14,189 sales and 3.9%, up 18%.

Excellent year for the Toyota Yaris, up 4 spots and 46% to #4 at 13,985 units and 3.8%, followed by the best newcomer in the ranking: the locally produced Fiat Panda landing directly in a fantastic 5th place with 13,741 sales and 3.8%. Only 7 units below is the Toyota Corolla continuing its progression at +34% ahead of the Opel Corsa at +39%, the Peugeot 206 at +9%, Ford Focus at +15% and Skoda Octavia at +21%. Notice also the Toyota Avensis up 179% to #16, the Citroen C3 up 160% to #22 and the Opel Vectra up 214% to #23.

Previous year: Poland 2002: Last year of reign for the Fiat Seicento

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Central Europe 2002-2003: Skoda Fabia above 100,000 sales

Skoda Fabia

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Exceptional results over the period for the Skoda Fabia: it sells 120,645 units in 2002 and 128,001 in 2003 in the region, by far the best-selling model in Central and Eastern Europe. The Suzuki Swift, #2 in 2002 with 54,448 sales, drops to #9 the following year and is replaced by the Skoda Octavia in 2003 at 45,818, up one spot and 1% year-on-year. The Peugeot 206 rounds up the podium in 2003 with 41,648 units, up a healthy 18%.

The Opel Astra also shoots up 28% and 2 ranks to reach #4 in 2003, followed by the Opel Corsa (+47%) and Renault Megane (+37%). The Renault Thalia ranks #7 and the Daewoo Matiz #8. New entrants include the Suzuki Ignis at #15, the Dacia Solenza at #18, Daewoo Kalos at #23 and Fiat Panda at #24.

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China 2003: VW Jetta, Santana and Passat in command

2003 is the year the Chinese market took off: no less than +70% on 2002 for a total of 2,082,581 registrations!

The VW Jetta is still the best selling model, this time with 143,121 sales and 6.9% share, up 18%. The veteran VW Santana stays 2nd with sales up 24% at 122,663 units, just above the VW Passat at 122,445, up 55%.

The Tianjin Xiali is 4th again, at 96,180 sales (+15%) passing the VW Santana 2000 at 92,892 units (-2%). At +141% and 89,988 sales, the Buick Regal is the best performing new entrant in the Top 10 in 6th position, ahead of the Honda Accord in 7th at +78% with 80,450 units.

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Russia 2003: Lada 110 tops sales, Samara #2

Lada 110

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Over the first 8 months of 2003, the Lada 110 Series is the best selling car in Russia with 124.132 sales, just above the Samara at 123,166. The 110 figure includes the sedan (110), station wagon (111) and hatchback (112), and the Samara sales include the 5-door hatchback (2114) and sedan (2115), restyled in 2001.

Lada Samara

GAZ 3110

In third place comes the valiant Lada Classic, the new name for the 2104/5/7 series, at 112,772 sales. Far, far below in 4th is the GAZ 3110 at 28,478 sales, followed by the Lada Niva at 23,844 units.

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Ireland 2001-2003: Focus, Almera and Corolla on top

Ford Focus

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Launched in 1998, the Ford Focus established itself as the best-selling model in Ireland in 2001 and stayed on top for 3 consecutive years. Impressive success for a model that pushed design boundaries when it appeared on the car scene. The Focus sells 8,213 units in 2001, 9,069 in 2002 and 6,602 in 2003.

Nissan Almera

Also a very strong seller in Ireland, the Nissan Almera climbs to #2 in 2001 with 7,847 units sold, then drops to #3 in 2002 with 6,301 sales. The Toyota Corolla is a constant success all through the period, ranking #5 in 2001 with 5,362 sales and jumping to #2 both in 2002 at 6,443 units and in 2003 with 6,602 sales.

Other popular models in Ireland then are the Fiat Punto #3 in 2001, the VW Golf #3 in 2003, Opel Astra #4 in 2001, Toyota Avensis #4 in 2003 and the Toyota Yaris #5 in 2003.

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Brazil 2003: VW Gol, Chevy Corsa & Fiat Palio on podium

Chevrolet Corsa

Brazilian car sales are down 3% in 2003 at 1,352,220 registrations. The VW Gol stays comfortable leader albeit at -13% and 180,659 units for a 13.4% share. In actual fact, the Top 7 stays unchanged year-on-year, with the Chevrolet Corsa at #2 with 121,122 sales (-8%).

The Fiat Palio follows with 119,371 units (-9%) ahead of the Chevrolet Celta, up 9% at 115,142 sales, and the Fiat Uno, stable at 96,995 sales. The Fiat Siena is up 18% and 2 spots at #8, and the Toyota doubles its sales to reach an excellent 10th place at 35,823 units.

Two all-new models integrate the Top 30 this year: the Ford Ecosport is #14 with 27,237 sales and the Honda Fit is #21 at 15,110 units sold.

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Australia 2003: Ford Falcon teases Holden Commodore

Holden Commodore

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The Australian car market absolutely destroys its record in 2003, up 10% year-on-year to 909,811 registrations, its first time above 900,000 units. The Holden Commodore is king again, however with 86,553 sales (-2%) it drops below 10% market share for the first time since 1991 to 9.5%. Reversely, the Ford Falcon enjoys a stellar first full year of sales of the 2002 BA generation, with 73,220 units sold, a 34% progression over the 2002 figure and its highest volume since 1996. It even ranked #1 in September when it peaked at 9.5%.

Ford Falcon

The Toyota Camry (up 25%) and Corolla (up 3%) swap positions, while the Holden Astra stays 5th ahead of the Toyota Hilux (+1) and Mitsubishi Magna/Verada (-1). The Mazda 323 excels at a best-ever #8 and +32%, as does the Holden Rodeo, up 24% to #10 while the Ford Falcon Ute manages to rank within the Top 10 for the 2nd consecutive year, again beating the Holden Commodore Ute at #13 and +25%.

Further down, the Toyota Echo is up 10 spots and 94% on 2002 to #14, the Toyota Prado takes the lead of the SUV segment at #15, up 84% followed by the Toyota Land Cruiser at #16 (+19%), the Nissan X-Trail at #19 (+28%), the Toyota RAV4 at #20 (-1%) and the Subaru Forester at #21 (+19%). Other big movers include the Mazda6 up 118% to #18, the Hyundai Getz up 316% to #22 and the Honda Jazz up 505% to #27.

Previous year: Australia 2002: Commodore in command, breaks monthly record

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South Korea 2003: Hyundai Sonata keeps Avante at bay

Hyundai Sonata

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After losing the top spot to the Hyundai Avante at mid-year, the Hyundai Sonata reclaims the title of best-selling car in South Korea by the end of 2003, and this for the 5th consecutive year. It sells 92,143 units (-16%) vs. 86,006 (-10%) for the Avante. The Samsung SM5 is down 20% to 80,371 sales but brilliantly maintains itself within the South Korean podium.

SsangYong Musso Sports

Two SUVs progress this year: the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 10% on 2002 but stays #4 at 77,261 units while the Kia Sorento is up 3 spots and 28% to #5 with 68,051 sales. Notice also the SsangYong Musso up 9 ranks and 18% to #7 at 42,229 units, the SsangYong Rexton up 2 to #8, the Hyundai Trajet up 7 to #11, the Daewoo Lacetti up 22 to #12, the Samsung SM3 up 8 to #15 and the Kia X-Trek landing directly at #20.

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