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Greece 1999: New gen Opel Astra an instant favourite

Opel Astra

* See the Top 234 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks to Bill and Kostas *

Car sales in Greece are up massive 45% this year to 261,711 registrations, the first time over 200,000 units and a new record for the country. Launched last year, the Opel Astra 2nd generation has immediately seduced the Greek consumers and the car is the best-selling model in the country as early as for its first full year of sales with 5.1% of the market thanks to 13,258 units sold, here again a new volume record for a single model in Greece.

Toyota Yaris

The Hyundai Accent drops to 2nd place but stays very solid at 12,058 sales and 4.7%, followed by the Citroen Saxo stable at 4.5% and the Toyota Corolla, down 2 spots to #4 with 3.8%. The best new entrant in the year-end Top 10 is the Toyota Yaris, up to 6th place whereas it was launched during the year.

Kia Shuma

The Peugeot 206 also breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #8. In January 1999 the Nissan Almera sold 1,936 units, still to this day the highest monthly volume any model has ever achieved in Greece. Other great performers this year in Greece include the VW Golf up 185% to #14, the Renault Clio up 278% to #17, the Ford Focus landing directly at #18 for its first full year of sales, the Kia Shuma up 169% to #23 and the Suzuki Jimny up 528% to #29.

Previous year: Greece 1998: Hyundai Accent dominates

Next year: Greece 2000: Hyundai Accent reclaims top spot in record market

Full Year 1999 and each Monthly Top 50/234 Ranking Tables below.

Greece 1999 – #1 models by month:

Month#1 modelVolume
JanNissan Almera1,936
FebOpel Astra1,149
MarToyota Corolla1,523
AprFiat Punto1,213
MayOpel Astra1,175
JunOpel Astra1,314
JulCitroen Saxo1,540
AugNissan Almera860
SepToyota Yaris667
OctHyundai Accent1,235
NovToyota Yaris1,427
DecHyundai Accent1,135

Greece Full Year 1999 Top 50:

PosModel1999%/981998%Pos
1Opel Astra13,2585.1%177%4,7802.7%11
2Hyundai Accent12,0584.6%33%9,0335.0%1
3Citroen Saxo11,6964.5%43%8,1634.5%3
4Toyota Corolla10,0723.8%18%8,5444.7%2
5Nissan Almera9,9663.8%45%6,8513.8%5
6Toyota Yaris8,2353.1%new00.0% –
7Fiat Punto8,0053.1%1%7,9014.4%4
8Fiat Seicento7,7343.0%190%2,6711.5%16
9Peugeot 2067,3302.8%1071%6260.3%67
10Hyundai Atos6,8642.6%41%4,8552.7%10
11VW Polo6,8332.6%19%5,7273.2%6
12Seat Ibiza6,7872.6%52%4,4702.5%12
13Toyota Avensis6,6372.5%62%4,0932.3%14
14VW Golf6,2902.4%185%2,2081.2%22
15Citroen Xsara5,8572.2%5%5,5933.1%7
16Opel Corsa5,6472.2%31%4,3072.4%13
17Renault Clio4,5131.7%278%1,1940.7%43
18Ford Focus3,8981.5%986%3590.2%86
19Opel Vectra3,7811.4%56%2,4301.3%20
20Peugeot 1063,7341.4%-33%5,5623.1%8
21Renault Megane3,6091.4%13%3,1861.8%15
22Nissan Micra3,4431.3%60%2,1541.2%24
23Kia Shuma3,1471.2%169%1,1680.6%44
24BMW 3 Series3,1001.2%98%1,5650.9%34
25Alfa Romeo 1563,0231.2%37%2,2031.2%23
26VW Passat2,8901.1%61%1,7951.0%28
27Nissan Primera2,8271.1%63%1,7391.0%30
28Seat Cordoba2,7701.1%74%1,5910.9%33
29Suzuki Jimny2,7181.0%528%4330.2%78
30Audi A42,2680.9%8%2,1021.2%25
31Mitsubishi Colt/Lancer2,0400.8%38%1,4830.8%35
32Alfa Romeo 1462,0260.8%-19%2,5011.4%18
33Peugeot 3061,8210.7%-2%1,8521.0%27
34Hyundai Coupe1,7650.7%84%9570.5%48
35Honda Civic1,7640.7%-25%2,3651.3%21
36Suzuki Vitara1,7310.7%-34%2,6101.4%17
37Suzuki Grand Vitara1,6090.6%544%2500.1%91
38Daihatsu Terios1,5880.6%33%1,1980.7%42
39Hyundai Lantra1,5720.6%-6%1,6780.9%31
40Suzuki Swift1,5530.6%10%1,4160.8%36
41VW Bora1,5450.6%n/a10.0%204
42Seat Toledo1,4840.6%133%6370.4%66
43Suzuki Alto1,4630.6%8%1,3560.8%37
44Skoda Felicia1,4540.6%-10%1,6100.9%32
45Citroen Xantia1,4130.5%25%1,1330.6%45
46Suzuki Baleno1,4010.5%-28%1,9591.1%26
47Toyota Starlet1,3960.5%-72%5,0632.8%9
48Audi A31,3680.5%43%9540.5%49
49Kia Pride1,2860.5%164%4880.3%74
50Mercedes C Class1,2010.5%-1%1,2110.7%41

Source: SEAA, www.autotriti.gr. Many thanks to Bill and Kostas for sharing the data!

You can see the entire Top 234 models ranking here for the Full Year and each monthly ranking here.

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