Bulgaria 2005: Skoda Fabia edges out Clio and 307

In 2005 the Skoda Fabia is the best selling car in Bulgaria with 1,552 sales in a market adding up to 33,434 registrations. The fight was tight though, with the Peugeot Partner a close second at 1,436 sales, the Peugeot 307 #1 over the first 3 months of the year and the Renault Clio #1 at half-year.

Italy 2005: Fiat Punto gives way to Grande Punto, Panda shines

Fiat Punto

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Car sales in Italy are stable in 2005 at 2,237,456 registrations (-1%). Big event in 2005: the Fiat Punto is replaced by the Grande Punto in September and together the two models sell 173,632 units to stay #1 at 7.8% share. The Fiat Panda goes from strength to strength, up 17% at 131,124 units and a very strong 5.9% share.

Fiat Grande Punto

Now let’s go into a bit more detail because UNRAE changed the way it reported Punto and Grande Punto figures just when it was getting interesting… The Fiat Punto held the #1 spot all the way through to August. In September, when the Grande Punto launched, the Punto dropped to 6.1%, giving up the leadership to the Fiat Panda, up to a best-ever (for the new generation) 6.3% share. It was the first time since October 93 that the Punto did not lead the Italian ranking.

Fiat Panda

The Panda was #1 again in October with 6.2% vs. 5.1% for the Punto. In the meantime, the Grande Punto sold 1,834 units in Sept (#32) and 5,555 in Oct (#4). In November, Punto and Grande Punto sales were fused together at 18,147 units and 10.1%, #1 by far. From now on sales of both models would be counted together.

A testimony to the fragmentation of the Italian market, the Ford Fiesta lodged sales virtually identical to last year at 69,964 units (3.1%) but jumped 4 spots to #3, ahead of the Lancia Ypsilon (2.9%), Toyota Yaris (2.8%) and Citroen C3 (2.6%).

Fiat Idea

The Opel Astra gains a massive 19 spots and 110% to land #7 with 55,018 sales. It was even #5 for four months. Other interesting performances include the Nissan Micra ranking 9th twice, the Opel Meriva breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in June, the Fiat Idea reaching #11 in June and the Mercedes A Class ranking #14 in August, both best-ever positions.

Previous year: Italy 2004: Fiat Punto and Panda dominate, Lancia Ypsilon #4

Next year: Italy 2006: Fiat Punto close to 10%, Fiat Panda at 6.4%

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Iceland 2004-2005: 5 Toyotas in Top 6, Corolla then Yaris #1

Toyota Corolla

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Years go by, and Toyota is still omnipresent in Iceland: it places 5 models in the Top 6 both in 2004 and 2005! The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling model in the country in 2004 with 758 units, only two above the Toyota Yaris which takes the lead in 2005, becoming the first (and only to this date) model to sell upwards of 1,000 units in a single year in Iceland with 1,005 sales and 4.8%, up 33% on 2004. The Toyota Land Cruiser is #3 both years, gaining no less than 53% in 2005 while the Skoda Octavia also stays 4th and is up 50% in 2004.

The Toyota Avensis, #5 in 2004, and RAV4, #6 in 2004, exchange positions in 2005 when they are followed by the Honda CR-V, up to #7 with 538 sales. The Subaru Legacy stays robust at #8 while the VW Golf drops two spots to #9. Notice also the Ford Escape at #9 in 2004 and the Hyundai Tucson at #11 in 2005.

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Next post: Iceland 2006-2007: Toyota Yaris reigns

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Latvia 2005: Toyota Corolla in command

Toyota Corolla

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16,680 new cars were registered in Latvia in 2005, up a huge 48% on 2004 and the Toyota Corolla is by far the best-selling model in the country with 811 sales and a very solid 4.9% market share, up 78%. It is followed on the podium by the Ford Focus at 635 units and 3.8% (+155%) and the Hyundai Getz with 532 sales and 3.2% (+34%).

The Opel Astra ranks 4th at 3.1% (+217%), ahead of the Skoda Octavia at 2.5% (+275%!), the Toyota Land Cruiser at 2.4% (+55%), the Toyota Avensis at 2.3% and the Renault Kangoo at 2.1%. The Mazda3 (2.1% also) and Mazda6, last year’s leader and the only model in the Top 10 to see its sales decrease, round up the Top 10. Notice the Mitsubishi Colt at #13, the Dacia Logan at #27, the Lexus RX at #35 with 127 sales and 0.8% share and the VW Touareg at #40.

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Malaysia 2004-2005: Perodua Kancil takes the lead

Perodua Kancil

After years of domination of the Proton Wira, the Perodua Kancil, a rebadged Daihatsu Mira, takes the lead of car sales in Malaysia in 2004 and 2005. It sells 30,454 units over the first 6 months of 2005 or 11.7% of the market, ahead of the Proton Iswara (7.1%), Wira (6.8%) and Waja (6.7%).

Notice the Proton Gen-2, launched in Q3 2004 to partly replace the best-selling Wira, coming in at #7 with 14,153 sales and 5.4%. On top of the Kancil, Perodua places two more models in the Top 8: the Kelisa at #5 and the Kenari at #8. The Perodua Myvi (a rebadged Daihatsu Sirion) launched in May 2005 and in all likeliness managed to take the lead of the Malaysian market sometime during the second half of 2005.

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Proton Gen-2

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Europe LCV 2004-2005: Ford Transit reigns

Ford Transit

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The European Light Commercial Vehicle market is up 3% during the period to 2,112,409 units in 2005. The Ford Transit holds the pole position both years but sees its market slip down from 6.6% in 2004 thanks to 135,710 sales to 6.4% in 2005 at 136,132 units.

In fact, the entire Top 4 stays unchanged, with the Renault Kangoo at #2, peaking at 5.4% in 2004, the Mercedes Sprinter at #3, peaking at 4.9% in 2004 and the Fiat Ducato at #4, reaching 4.3% in 2005. The VW Transporter gains 12% and one spot to #5 in 2005, but the best performance goes to the VW Caddy, up 5 spots and 33% to #10 with 62,732 sales and 3% market share.

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Cyprus 2005: Toyota Corolla leads, Mercedes E-Class #4

Toyota Corolla

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The car market in Cyprus is very limited and the models ranking is rather eclectic: the Toyota Corolla is in pole position with 940 sales, ahead of the Renault Megane at 846 and the Opel Astra at 843.

Mercedes E-Class

Then, quite remarkably, comes the Mercedes E-Class at 761 units, followed by the Honda Civic at 710 and the VW Golf at 695. The Mazda3 and Ford Focus round up the Top 8.

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Argentina 2003-2005: VW Gol dominates

VW Gol

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The Argentinean car market was hit full frontal by the crisis in 2002, falling under 100,000 units. It recovers pretty swiftly over the next few years: up 48% in 2003 at 143,273 registrations, up 101% in 2004 at 288,527 units and up 34% in 2005 at 385,805 sales.

Throughout the period, the VW Gol continues to dominate the models ranking with a comfortable margin, going from 9.7% share in 2003, to 13.9% in 2004 and 11.3% in 2005. The Chevrolet Corsa, 5th in 2003 (5.5%), climbs up to #2 in 2004 (6.3%) and stays there in 2005 with a strong 7.3% share.

Great success also for the Peugeot 206, #2 in 2003 at 6.1% of the market and #3 in 2004 (5.4%) and 2005 (5.9%). The Renault Clio progresses throughout the period, going from 7th in 2003 to 5th in 2004 and 4th in 2005.

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Austria 2005: Golf and Astra dominate, Golf Plus shines

VW Golf Plus

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The Austrian car market is very stable this year at -1% and 307,915 registrations. The VW Golf V keeps its best seller title even though it lost 33% over 2004 at 11,931 sales and 3.9% share. It lead the monthly ranking 7 times out of 12.

The new gen Opel Astra kept progressing during the first half of the year to reach the 1st place in July (with 1,404 sales) before slowing down significantly. It finishes the year #2 at 9,967 sales (3.2%). The other models to hold the monthly pole position are the VW Polo in August (3rd overall at 2.9%), the VW Passat in October and November  (5th this year at 2.6%)…

…and the VW Golf Plus, launched in February, delivering an extremely impressive year: it grew steadily through the year to finish in first place in December with 897 sales and 5.1% share! It is #8 overall at 6,455 sales and 2.1%.

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Europe 2005: VW Golf keeps Opel Astra at bay, or does it?

VW Golf

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2005 is a difficult year to cover as different sources give a different best-seller in Europe… According to JATO, the VW Golf manages to keeps the title of best-selling car in Europe one more time in spite of sales down 14% to 476,901, its lowest volume in 20 years. In 2nd place, the Opel Astra delivers 466,841 sales and grabs the monthly top spot in Europe for the first time in 6 years, twice: in September (43,026 sales) and November (34,006 sales).

Opel Astra

However, later (and more accurate?) figures show the Opel Astra #1 in Europe for the first time with 489,529 sales, up 23% on 2003. Based on this result the Astra finally achieves what it has been designed for: beating the Golf 14 long years since the nameplate first launched in 1991… Fortunately the rest of the ranking is consistent and the Ford Focus rounds up a podium 100% made of compact cars for the first time ever in Europe, up 4% and 3 spots to 449,942 sales.

Ford Focus

The Peugeot 206 and 307 are both down 2 spots to #4 and #5 respectively, followed by the Renault Megane and Clio. The VW Passat is up 6 ranks to #12 overall but ranked #5 in December, and the Fiat Punto, helped by the Grande Punto launch, reappears in the Top 10 in December. The Peugeot 407 lands in the Top 20 at #20 with 207,018 sales for its first full year, the Skoda Octavia is up 10 spots to #23, the Audi A3 up 7 to #24, the Mercedes A-Class up 10 to #28 and the Renault Modus ranks #31.

Previous year: Europe 2004: VW Golf, Peugeot 206 and 307 on podium

Next year: Europe 2006: Opel Astra triumphs, Focus and Clio close behind

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