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Finland 1997: VW best-seller for first time in 30 years, Corolla #1

The Polo scores its first Top 10 finish just as Volkswagen is #1 for the first time in 30 years.

* See the Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

New car sales in Finland gain another 8.6% in 1997 to cross the 100.000 annual units milestone for the first time since 1990 at 104.471. We have a new brand leader this year in Finland: for the first time in 30 years, Volkswagen is the best-selling carmaker in the country thanks to deliveries up 7% to 13.2% share. The last time the German carmaker dominated the Finnish charts was from 1965 to 1967. Opel (-1%) is knocked down to #2 while the rest of the Top 6 is unchanged on 1996, led by Toyota (+11%), Ford (+18%) and Nissan (+12%). Renault (+20%) overtakes Peugeot (+2%) to #7 with Mazda (+21%) back inside the Top 10, Skoda (+82%) and Audi (+62%) posting the largest gains in the Top 20 but Lada (-70%) imploding at #20.

The Toyota Corolla reclaims the title of best-selling vehicle in Finland in 1997.

Opel is toppled on both fronts in 1997: it also loses the models pole position with the Toyota Corolla (+17%) reclaiming the lead for the first time since 1993 and the 11th time in total (1973 and 1985 to 1993). The Opel Astra (-7%) and Vectra (-3%) seemingly sell exactly the same amount which seems like a typo, ahead of the Ford Mondeo (+40%),  Nissan Almera (+24%) and Primera (+9%). Paradoxically, the VW Golf (-20%) and Vento (-11%) suffer but the Polo (+64%) justifies the brand’s leadership, scoring its very first Finnish Top 10 at #9., with the Passat (+51%) not far behind at #12. The Renault Megane (+60%) and Volvo S/V40 (+50%) also shine with the Volvo S/V70 landing directly at #16

Previous post: Finland 1994-1996: Opel and Astra take control

Full Year 1997 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

Finland 1997 – brands:

PosBrand1997%/961996%Pos
1Volkswagen13,80313.2%7%12,84813.4%2
2Opel12,90312.4%-1%13,05213.6%1
3Toyota10,72810.3%11%9,63710.0%3
4Ford10,66010.2%18%9,0029.4%4
5Nissan8,7928.4%12%7,8408.1%5
6Volvo6,8346.5%7%6,3996.6%6
7Renault5,9485.7%20%4,9715.2%8
8Peugeot5,6135.4%2%5,5165.7%7
9Fiat4,5074.3%17%3,8504.0%9
10Mazda3,3413.2%21%2,7622.9%11
11Mercedes-Benz3,0993.0%15%2,7012.8%12
12Citroen3,0933.0%16%2,6642.8%13
13Honda2,7092.6%7%2,5262.6%14
14Mitsubishi2,0992.0%31%1,6001.7%15
15Skoda1,7651.7%82%9691.0%19
16Chrysler1,4871.4%25%1,1861.2%17
17Audi1,4571.4%61%9030.9%20
18Saab1,4281.4%6%1,3531.4%16
19BMW1,1011.1%4%1,0541.1%18
20Lada8760.8%-70%2,9143.0%10
21Seat8300.8%13%7360.8%21
22Suzuki3590.3%-25%4790.5%22
23Subaru3560.3%-23%4650.5%23
24Chevrolet2980.3%35%2210.2%24
25Hyundai730.1%-63%1950.2%26
26Pontiac660.1%-66%1970.2%25
27Jeep630.1%110%300.0%29
28SsangYong530.1%71%310.0%28
29Alfa Romeo440.0%-2%450.0%27
30Land Rover270.0%93%140.0%31
31Jaguar180.0%64%110.0%32
32Lancia110.0%-56%250.0%30
33Iveco100.0%11%90.0%34
34Cadillac50.0%25%40.0%36
35Lexus40.0%0%40.0%35
36Rover30.0%0%30.0%37
37MG30.0%n/a00.0% –
38Porsche10.0%0%10.0%39
39Ferrari10.0%n/a00.0% –
40Daihatsu10.0%n/a00.0% –
41Dodge10.0%-91%110.0%33
42Mercury00.0%-100%10.0%38
 –Others10.0%0%10.0% –

Finland 1997 – models:

PosModel1997%/961996%Pos
1Toyota Corolla6,3046.0%17%5,3765.6%2
2Opel Astra5,2015.0%-7%5,5975.8%1
3Opel Vectra5,2015.0%-3%5,3425.6%3
4Ford Mondeo4,7374.5%40%3,3903.5%8
5Nissan Almera3,6983.5%24%2,9823.1%10
6Nissan Primera3,5443.4%9%3,2593.4%9
7VW Golf3,5313.4%-20%4,4174.6%4
8Toyota Carina3,4573.3%-4%3,6193.8%6
9VW Polo3,4503.3%64%2,1082.2%13
10Ford Escort3,2623.1%-7%3,4933.6%7
11VW Vento3,1203.0%-14%3,6313.8%5
12VW Passat3,0782.9%51%2,0442.1%14
13Renault Megane3,0172.9%60%1,8892.0%15
14Volvo S/V402,7722.7%50%1,8501.9%16
15Peugeot 4052,6382.5%11%2,3802.5%11
16Volvo S/V702,2442.1%new00.0% –
17Peugeot 3062,1342.0%37%1,5531.6%22
18Renault Laguna2,0502.0%15%1,7831.9%18
19Fiat Punto1,9401.9%17%1,6621.7%21
20Mazda 3231,7421.7%1%1,7171.8%20
21Opel Corsa1,5831.5%21%1,3071.4%28
22Honda Civic1,5741.5%8%1,4581.5%25
23Mazda 6261,5431.5%52%1,0151.1%31
24Ford Fiesta1,5031.4%-13%1,7281.8%19
25Mercedes C-Class1,4421.4%2%1,4071.5%26
26Skoda Felicia1,4031.3%45%9681.0%32
27Nissan Micra1,2841.2%-4%1,3361.4%27
28Fiat Bravo/Brava1,2581.2%107%6090.6%45
29Mercedes E-Class1,2111.2%25%9671.0%33
30Citroen Xantia1,1941.1%-19%1,4821.5%24
31Volvo 940/9601,1031.1%44%7650.8%36
32Chrysler Neon8840.8%66%5310.6%49
33Mitsubishi Carisma8680.8%45%5970.6%46
34Honda Accord8450.8%-19%1,0481.1%30
35Ford KA7910.8%new00.0% –
36Seat Toledo7900.8%20%6580.7%41
37Audi A47840.8%35%5800.6%47
38Saab 9007760.7%7%7220.8%37
39Opel Omega7470.7%12%6660.7%40
40Citroen ZX7310.7%-17%8780.9%34
41Peugeot 1067220.7%3%6990.7%39
42Lada Samara6890.7%-62%1,8101.9%17
43Fiat Ducato6780.6%n/an/an/an/a
44Mitsubishi Lancer6360.6%1%6300.7%44
45BMW 56230.6%17%5330.6%48
46VW Transporter6060.6%-6%6470.7%42
47Fiat Marea5970.6%n/an/an/an/a
48Renault Clio5640.5%-29%7930.8%35
49Saab 9-35630.5%n/an/an/an/a
50Citroen Saxo5510.5%n/an/an/an/a

Source: Tekniikan Maailma ensirekisteröinnit, many thanks to Vesa Leinonen.

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