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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

Next year: Australia 2004: Commodore undisputed leader

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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.

Previous post: South Korea 6 months 2003: Hyundai Avante new leader

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France 2003: Clio, 206 and 307 leading again

Renault Clio

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The French market drops 6% in 2003 at 2,009,690 sales, but the Top 3 is unchanged: the Renault Clio leads at 8.1% only a couple of thousands sales above the Peugeot 206 at 7.9%, the Peugeot 307 coming 3rd with a very solid 7% share (it started the year at #1 with 7.5% in January!).

Renault Megane

2003 is the first full year of sales for the Renault Megane II (and will end up being its only year above 100k sales at 103,010 and 5.1%) and the Citroen C3 in 6th with 83,509 registrations.

The VW Golf leads the foreign models again (#10), ahead of an impressive Opel Zafira #12 with 35,027 sales and 1.7%, the Opel Corsa at #13 and the VW Polo at #14.

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UK 2002-2003: Ford Focus at its highest, Vauxhall Corsa #2

Ford Focus

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The British car market beats its own volume record twice over the period: to 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,579,050 in 2003. The Ford Focus, best seller for the 4th and 5th years in a row, reaches its best ever figure in the UK in 2002 at 151,209 sales (+10%), then drops 13% in 2003 to 131,684 units. There may however be a crack in the Ford Focus reign…

Vauxhall Corsa

For the first time since April 2000 and after no less than 40 consecutive months of Focus domination, the Vauxhall Corsa takes the lead of the English market in September 2003. Overall, the Corsa is up 15% in 2002 to reach a best-ever #2 position with 105,199 sales and 4.1% share, and grows a further 3% to 108,387 units and 4.2% in 2003.

Ford Ka

The Vauxhall Astra drops to #3 at 102,107 sales (4%) in 2002 and 96,929 (3.8%) in 2003. The Peugeot 206 stays 4th in 2002 and delivers the best year ever for a foreign model in the UK with 101,019 sales, still today the only time a foreign model passes the 100,000 sales mark in the country. The Renault Clio is #6 both years, peaking at a best-ever 86,337 sales in 2002.

There are 3 newcomers in the annual English Top 10 over the period: the Ford Ka breaks into it for the first time at #9 and 62,863 sales in 2002 while the BMW 3 Series lands at #10 with 62,644 sales the same year, improving to #8 and 65,489 in 2003. Finally the Peugeot 307 is up to #9 in 2003 with 60,356 units. Notice also the new Mini breaking into the Top 20 in 2003 at #18 with 40,510 sales.

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South Korea 6 months 2003: Hyundai Avante new leader

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Over the first 6 months of 2003, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is on top of South Korean car sales with 53,325 sales, followed by the Hyundai Sonata at 49,828 units and the Hyundai Porter at 43,478. Hyundai places no less than 4 models in the Top 5, with the Santa Fe in 5th at 40,755 sales, the only non-Hyundai being the Samsung SM5 in 4th with 41,646 units.

Previous year: South Korea 2002: Samsung SM5 up to #2 with 100,777 sales

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Hungary 2002: Suzuki Wagon R+ best-seller

Suzuki Wagon R+

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After the Swift at the end of the nineties, the Suzuki Wagon R+ becomes the best-selling car in Hungary in 2002 with 10,209 units sold. It is followed by the Skoda Fabia at 8,985 sales and the Opel Astra at 8,505 units. The Peugeot 206 ranks 4th, ahead of the Renault Thalia and Opel Corsa.

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USA 2002: Toyota Camry back to passenger car lead

Toyota Camry

Tough year for trucks in the US: the Ford F-Series stays distant leader but drops 11% year-on-year at 813,701 units, while the Chevrolet Silverado is down 9% with 652,646 sales. The Toyota Camry reclaims the title of best-selling passenger car in the country and climbs back onto the podium at 434,145 units, up 2 spots and 11%.

Chevrolet Silverado

Sales up 3% were not enough for the Ford Explorer to stay on the podium, down to 4th this year at 433,847 units ahead of the Honda Accord, #5 with 398,980 sales down 4%. The Dodge Ram is back in shape: up 15% to 396,934 units and #6.

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Iceland 2001-2002: Toyota RAV4, Yaris and Corolla on top

Toyota RAV4

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Icelanders love Toyotas, and not much else. The Japanese brand monopolises the Icelandic best-selling models podium in 2001 and places 5 models in the Top 5 in 2002! The best-seller both years is the Toyota RAV4 with 452 sales in 2001 and 425 in 2002. It is followed by the Toyota Yaris at 400 then 415 units, and the Toyota Corolla at 333 then 340.

While the VW Golf and Passat manage to claw their way into the Top 5 in 2001, Toyota places the Avensis at #4 and the Land Cruiser at #5 in 2002… The Subaru Legacy stays solid both years at #6 in 2001 and #8 in 2002, with other successful models being the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Santa Fe and Renault Clio.

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Italy 2002: Fiat Punto, Panda and Ford Focus on podium

Fiat Punto

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Italian car sales are down 6% in 2002 at 2,345,086 registrations. In February 2002, the Fiat Punto celebrates its 100th consecutive month on top of Italian models ranking, but finishes the year below 10% share for the first time ever at 8.9% with 208,497 sales. It even drops to 6.9% in August, only 2,000 units above the Fiat Panda…

Fiat Panda

The 22 year-old Panda doesn’t want to die: it is up 3 spots this year to rank 2nd, improves its market share to 4.3% and sees its sales increase 12% to pass the 100,000 units mark at 100,382 units… The Ford Focus follows with 84,725 sales and 3.6%, the Peugeot 206 reaches its best year-end ranking in Italia at #4 (3.5%), ahead of the Opel Corsa (3.3%) and Lancia Y (3.2%).

Fiat Stilo

The new Fiat Stilo, launched late last year, ranks 7th for its first full year of sales with 73,506 units changing hands and a 3.1% market share. It peaks at #3 in December with 7,983 sales and 3.8%. The Citroen C3 breaks into the Top 10 for the first time in October.

Previous year: Italy 2001: Fiat Punto leads, Ford Focus up to #2

Next year: Italy 2003: Fiat Punto, Citroen C3, Fiat Seicento on top, new Panda arrives

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Denmark 2002: Peugeot 206 and 307 on top, Citroen C5 up to #3

Peugeot 206

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Total reshuffle atop the Danish models ranking this year, with the Peugeot 206 taking the leadership position for the first time in the country with 6,808 sales, up 29% on 2001. To complete a very successful year for Peugeot, the 307 is up from virtually nowhere to #2 for its first full year of sales at 6,088 units, up 151%.

Citroen C5

The Citroen C5 manages to claw its way onto the podium with 4,839 sales (+24%) possibly the only country in the world it does so! The Ford Mondeo is down from #1 to #4 while the Peugeot 406 drops 2 spots to #5. Notice the Skoda Fabia up to #7 and the Nissan Primera up 166% to #11.

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