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Finland 1998: Opel reclaims lead, Toyota Corolla #1, Avensis #3

The Toyota Corolla is #1 in Finland for the 12th time overall.

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

In 1998 the Finnish new car market gains a further 19.8% year-on-year to 125.211 registrations, the highest annual score in almost a decade since the 139.180 units of 1990. After a one-year interruption by Volkswagen in 1997, Opel (+24%) reclaims the title of most popular carmaker in the country at 12.8% share with Toyota soaring 43% and one spot to #2 and 12.3%, knocking Volkswagen (-13%) down two ranks to #3 and 9.6%. The remainder of the Top 9 is unchanged on 1997, with Ford (+9%) and Nissan (+17%) rounding out the Top 5 and Fiat (+46%) the best performer of all. Seat (+167%), Citroen (+58%), Saab (+52%), Audi (+48%), Skoda (+45%) and Mazda (+34%) also impress.

Over in the models aisle, the Toyota Corolla (+17%) is the best-selling model in Finland for the second year running and the 12th time in total (first time in 1973) with 5.8% but the Opel Astra is seriously catching up at +40% to 5.8% share only 137 sales below. Replacing the Toyota Carina, the Toyota Avensis immediately does better, brilliantly landing directly on the podium with 5.5% of the market and topping its segment above the Opel Vectra (+21%), Ford Mondeo (+4%) and Nissan Primera (+19%). It is the first time two Toyotas rank inside the Finnish podium. Other newcomers include the Citroen Xsara (#17) and Skoda Octavia (#34).

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Full Year 1998 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

Finland 1998 – brands:

PosBrand1998%/971997%Pos
1Opel15,99512.8%24%12,90312.4%2
2Toyota15,39112.3%43%10,72810.3%3
3Volkswagen12,0429.6%-13%13,80313.2%1
4Ford11,5729.2%9%10,66010.2%4
5Nissan10,3218.2%17%8,7928.4%5
6Volvo7,2735.8%6%6,8346.5%6
7Renault7,0865.7%19%5,9485.7%7
8Peugeot6,6735.3%19%5,6135.4%8
9Fiat6,5595.2%46%4,5074.3%9
10Citroen4,8923.9%58%3,0933.0%12
11Mazda4,4703.6%34%3,3413.2%10
12Mercedes-Benz3,7213.0%20%3,0993.0%11
13Skoda2,5582.0%45%1,7651.7%15
14Honda2,2951.8%-15%2,7092.6%13
15Mitsubishi2,2631.8%8%2,0992.0%14
16Seat2,2141.8%167%8300.8%21
17Saab2,1691.7%52%1,4281.4%18
18Audi2,1501.7%48%1,4571.4%17
19BMW1,2831.0%17%1,1011.1%19
20Lada1,0870.9%24%8760.8%20
21Chrysler9140.7%-39%1,4871.4%16
22Suzuki7650.6%113%3590.3%22
23Subaru4140.3%16%3560.3%23
24Alfa Romeo4050.3%820%440.0%29
25Chevrolet2380.2%-20%2980.3%24
26Rover1530.1%5000%30.0%36
27Land Rover940.1%248%270.0%30
28Jeep740.1%17%630.1%27
29Daihatsu640.1%6300%10.0%40
30Jaguar250.0%39%180.0%31
31Lexus190.0%375%40.0%35
32Iveco100.0%0%100.0%33
33Cadillac60.0%20%50.0%34
34Lancia50.0%-55%110.0%32
35SsangYong40.0%-92%530.1%28
36Hyundai20.0%-97%730.1%25
37Pontiac10.0%-98%660.1%26
38Porsche10.0%0%10.0%38
39Kia10.0%new00.0% –
40Maserati10.0%n/a00.0% –
41Winnebago10.0%new00.0% –
42MG00.0%-100%30.0%37
43Ferrari00.0%-100%10.0%39
44Dodge00.0%-100%10.0%41
45Others00.0%-100%10.0% –

Finland 1998 – models:

PosModel1998%/971997%Pos
1Toyota Corolla7,4015.9%17%6,3046.0%1
2Opel Astra7,2645.8%40%5,2015.0%2
3Toyota Avensis6,9105.5%new00.0% –
4Opel Vectra6,2905.0%21%5,2015.0%3
5Ford Mondeo4,9083.9%4%4,7374.5%4
6Nissan Almera4,2383.4%15%3,6983.5%5
7Nissan Primera4,2253.4%19%3,5443.4%6
8VW Polo4,0163.2%16%3,4503.3%9
9VW Golf3,9933.2%13%3,5313.4%7
10Volvo S/V403,3552.7%21%2,7722.7%14
11Renault Megane3,2002.6%6%3,0172.9%13
12Volvo S/V703,1412.5%40%2,2442.1%16
13VW Passat3,0902.5%0%3,0782.9%12
14Ford Escort3,0792.5%-6%3,2623.1%10
15Fiat Bravo/Brava2,8742.3%128%1,2581.2%28
16Peugeot 4052,7942.2%6%2,6382.5%15
17Citroen Xsara2,7252.2%new00.0% –
18Mazda 6262,5692.1%66%1,5431.5%23
19Peugeot 3062,3081.8%8%2,1342.0%17
20Fiat Punto2,0241.6%4%1,9401.9%19
21Renault Laguna1,9211.5%-6%2,0502.0%18
22Mazda 3231,7551.4%1%1,7421.7%20
23Opel Corsa1,5781.3%0%1,5831.5%21
24Nissan Micra1,5291.2%19%1,2841.2%27
25Skoda Felicia1,4661.2%4%1,4031.3%26
26Mercedes C-Class1,4181.1%-2%1,4421.4%25
27Ford KA1,3411.1%70%7910.8%35
28Ford Fiesta1,2491.0%-17%1,5031.4%24
29Saab 9-31,2361.0%120%5630.5%49
30Honda Civic1,2231.0%-22%1,5741.5%22
31Mercedes E-Class1,2021.0%-1%1,2111.2%29
32Mitsubishi Carisma1,1780.9%36%8680.8%33
33Citroen Xantia1,1770.9%-1%1,1941.1%30
34Skoda Octavia1,0920.9%new00.0% –
35Lada Samara1,0870.9%58%6890.7%42
36Renault Clio1,0800.9%91%5640.5%48
37Audi A41,0700.9%36%7840.8%37
38Fiat Marea9580.8%60%5970.6%47
39Toyota Starlet8790.7%n/an/an/an/a
40Peugeot 1068470.7%17%7220.7%41
41Seat Cordoba8020.6%n/an/an/an/a
42Seat Toledo7810.6%-1%7900.8%36
43Saab 9-57110.6%n/an/an/an/a
44Opel Omega7080.6%-5%7470.7%39
45BMW 37000.6%n/an/an/an/a
46Fiat Ducato6900.6%2%6780.6%43
47Mercedes A-Class6650.5%n/an/an/an/a
48Seat Ibiza6070.5%n/an/an/an/a
49Audi A35840.5%n/an/an/an/a
50VW Transporter5820.5%-4%6060.6%46

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

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