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USA 2000: Ford Explorer climbs onto podium again

Ford F Series

In 2000 the Ford F-Series improves further its yearly sales figure, up 1% year-on-year at 876,716 units. The Chevrolet Silverado stays #2, also up 1% with 645,150 sales, while the Ford Explorer is up 2 spots to establish itself onto the US models ranking’s podium at 445,157 units, up 4%.

Ford Explorer

The Toyota Camry is still the best-selling passenger car in the country, down to 4th overall with 422,961 sales down 6%. The Honda Accord gets closer, up 1 spot to #5 at 404,515 units, ahead of the Ford Taurus, up to 6% at +4% and 382,025 sales. The Dodge Ram is down 11% and 3 spots to #7. The Ford Focus excels for its first full year of sales in the US, ranking directly 10th with 286,166 sales.

Previous year: see the 1999 US post here.

Full 2000 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Italy 2000: Fiat Punto, Seicento and Lancia Y on podium

Fiat Punto

Fiat Seicento

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Italian consumers bought 2,426,189 new cars in 2000, a new record! The Fiat Punto holds the pole position for the 7th straight year with 272,497 sales and 11.2% market share, back above 10% after dropping to 9.5% in 1999. The Fiat Seicento is up to #2 with 102,955 sales and 4.2%, higher than the 1991 Cinquecento ever did, followed by the Lancia Y at 96,600 units and 4%.

Lancia Y

The Fiat Panda celebrates its 20th year in market and takes the 4th position with 88,964 sales and 3.7%, down 26%, ahead of the Ford Focus up 4 spots and 33% to #5 at 86,565 sales and 3.6%. The Peugeot 206 is up 3 ranks and 30% to #7 and 79,401 units. Notice also the Lancia Lybra at #18 and the Fiat Palio at #20

Previous year: Italy 1999: Fiat Punto best-seller for 6th consecutive year

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

Full Year 2000 Top 100 and July 2000 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Japan 2000: Toyota Vitz threatens Corolla for pole position

Toyota Vitz

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In 2000 the Toyota Corolla celebrates 32 consecutive years atop the Japanese passenger cars ranking with 162,870 sales, however it is only 2,000 units above a very successful newcomer: the Toyota Vitz (aka Yaris), #2 at 160,731 units for its first full year of sales in the country. The Corolla was even trailing the Vitz for most of the year, with the latter taking the lead of the monthly rankings 6 times: from January to May without interruption and in July.

Honda Odyssey

The Toyota Estima completes a 100% Toyota podium, ranking #3 with 122,437 sales. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota FunCargo (aka Yaris Verso) follow. Note the Honda Odyssey was #1 in June with 14,639 units while the Toyota Estima led the ranking in August at 8,862 sales.

Toyota FunCargo

No less than 3 Kei cars sell more than the Corolla this year: the Suzuki Wagon R is at 244,943 units, ahead of the Honda Life at 181,871 sales and the Daihatsu Move at 177,022 units. The Daihatsu Mira and Subaru Pleo follow.

You can check out each monthly Top 30 for 2000 here.

Previous year: Japan 1999: Toyota Corolla and Vitz in the lead

Next year: Japan 2001: Year 33 of the Toyota Corolla reign

Full Year 2000 Top 30 Passenger Cars and Top 5 Kei Cars Ranking Tables below.

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Poland 1999-2000: Fiat Seicento & Daewoo Matiz rule

Fiat Seicento

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1999 is a record year for the Polish car market: up 24% to 640,183 registrations, but 2000 brought the market back down 25% to 478,739 units. Fiat and Daewoo are clearly dominant. Manufactured locally, the Fiat Seicento is a strong leader with 83,391 sales and 13% market share in 1999 for its first full year of sales. This sales figure is possibly the highest volume ever reached by a single model in 12 months in Poland. The Seicento falls a bit faster than the market in 2000, down to a still very respectable 12.3% share with 58,674 sales.

Daewoo Matiz in proud gold livery – I know this will make one of my readers very happy…

The Daewoo Matiz celebrates its first year of sales in Poland in 1999 with a fantastic 2nd place at 10% of the market thanks to 64,066 sales, easing down 30% to 45,030 units and 9.4% in 2000. A brilliant start nevertheless.

Daewoo Lanos

In third place both years we find the Daewoo Lanos, up 28% to 51,812 sales and 8.1% in ’99, then down 43% to 29,613 units and 6.2% in ’00. Also stable at #4 over the period, the Skoda Felicia sells 35,479 units in ’99 (+35%) and 21,329 in ’00 (-40%). Excellent hold of the Fiat 126, still #5 in ’99, while the Opel Astra Classic ranks #6 in ’99 and #7 in ’00.

Daewoo Tico

#1 in ’98, the Daewoo Tico falls 44% to #7 in ’99 and 46% to #8 in ’00. In the meantime, the Fiat Uno defies time, up 24% to #9 in ’99 and down just 3% to #6 in ’00. The Fiat Punto is up 52% and 6 spots to #5 in 2000. Notice also in 2000 the Peugeot 206 breaking into the year-end Top 10 at +44% and the Skoda Fabia landing directly at #14.

Previous year: Poland 1998: Daewoo’s year: Tico and Lanos best-sellers

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Australia 2000: Holden Commodore enjoys 5th year in a row at #1

Holden Commodore

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Australian new car sales are freakishly stable this year at 787,100 registrations, up 0.03% on 1999! The Holden Commodore clocks up a 5th consecutive year in the top spot in spite of sales down 2% year-on-year to a still massive 83,610 units and 10.6% share. The Ford Falcon is sliding down dangerously at -14% to 60,460 sales and 7.7%, almost four percentage points below the Commodore. Never had the Holden dominated the Ford that frankly before.

Holden Astra

The Toyota Camry/Vienta is down 22% but stays #3 and is now followed by the Toyota Corolla in great shape at +8% and passing the Hyundai Excel/Accent down another 9%. Notice the Mitsubishi Lancer up 35% to #9 while we welcome a newcomer in the Top 10: the Holden Astra, up a huge 128% to #10 with 18,439 sales and 2.3% share. The Ford Ute is up 31% to to a record #12 (vs. -24% and #35 for the Holden Ute), the Honda CR-V is up 32% to #13, the Toyota Echo up to #14 and the Toyota Avalon lands directly at #21. Notice also the VW Golf breaking into the Top 50 at #47.

Previous year: Australia 1999: Commodore leads but down 10%

Next year: Australia 2001: Commodore, Falcon and Toyota Corolla on podium

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Europe 2000: VW Golf and Fiat Punto in the lead

VW Golf

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In 2000 the VW Golf manages to keep the title of Europe’s best-selling car for the 17th year in the last 18 without too much difficulty. It delivers 690,400 sales for a 4.7% market share, down 2% on 1999. The Opel Astra threat has gone away, down 16% to 575,400 sales in 3rd place.

Fiat Punto

The Fiat Punto, helped by a dynamic facelift late last year, is back on the podium at #2 after fading out to 6th in 1999. It is up 30% this year with 583,900 sales. Continuing to gear up 18 months after its launch, the Peugeot 206 reaches heights unknown to the brand since the eighties and the Peugeot 205. It is 4th, up 3 spots and 27% with 556,600 units and passes another recent model, the Ford Focus, still #5 but up 11% at 525,000 units.

BMW 3 Series

The Renault Megane and Scenic sales are now split and the Scenic is very solid in 9th position with 337,400 sales, up 13%. The BMW 3 Series breaks into the European Year-end Top 10 for the first time with 330,400 sales. Note a different source places the 3 Series at #9, the Megane at #10 and the Scenic at #11. Further along the ranking, notice the Opel Zafira breaking into the Top 20 at #19 with 200,236 sales, up 108%, the Toyota Yaris up 17 ranks to #22 and the Citroen Xsara Picasso landing directly at #31.

Previous year: Europe 1999: Opel Astra a serious threat to the VW Golf

Next year: Europe 2001: VW Golf, Peugeot 206 and Ford Focus on podium

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Argentina 2000: VW Gol leads, Peugeot 206 on podium

VW Gol

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The VW Gol enjoys its third consecutive year atop the Argentinean models ranking with 22,168 sales in 2000, followed by the Chevrolet Corsa at 18,893 units. For its first full year of sales, the Peugeot 206 jumps onto the podium at #3 with 17,414 sales.

Peugeot 206

The Fiat Palio drops to #4 at an estimated 15,000 units, ahead of the Renault Clio, Megane and Ford Ka. Notice the arrival of the Renault Kangoo in the Top 10 with 6,646 sales.

Full Year 2000 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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Greece 2000: Hyundai Accent reclaims top spot in record market

Hyundai Accent

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Car sales in Greece are up 11% in 2000 to a huge 290,030 registrations, still to date the biggest year ever for car sales in the country. #1 in 1998, the Hyundai Accent reclaims the top spot this year thanks to its new generation with 5% of the market and 14,361 units changing hands. This is still to date the highest volume ever achieved in Greece by a single model in a year.

The Opel Astra follows at 4.7% and 13,549 sales, with the Fiat Punto taking the third spot at 11,497 sales and 4%, just above the Citroen Saxo (11,395) and Hyundai Atos (11,265) both at 3.9% share. The Peugeot 206 is up 3 spots to #6 and the Seat Ibiza (#9) and VW Golf (#10) break into the Top 10. Notice the Daewoo Lanos at #13, the Seat Cordoba up 83% to #16 and the Nissan Primera up 79% to #17.

Previous year: Greece 1999: New gen Opel Astra an instant favourite

Next year: Greece 2001: Opel Astra takes the lead ahead of Accent and Punto

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Romania 1998-2000: Dacia 1310’s last years of domination

1999 Dacia 1310 (aka ‘Berlina’ or ‘Clasic’)

The Dacia 1310 celebrates its 30th year on top of Romanian car sales in 1998 with 56,249 ‘Berlinas’ (sedans) and 16,027 ‘Breaks’ (station wagons) sold for a total market share of 63.1%… The new Dacia Nova fails to threaten this domination at #3 with just 11,910 sales (10.3%). The Skoda Felicia is the best selling import at #7, however with only 0.7% of the market…

Restyled in 1999, the Dacia 1310 is stable that year at 46.1% share for the Berlina and 16.9% for the Break for a total market share of 63%. The locally produced Daewoo Tico follows at 8.1% and the Dacia Nova is #4 at 7.6%. There are no imports in the Top 10 this year, with Daewoo and ARO monopolising the next 6 spots.

2000 is the last year the Dacia 1310, renamed Clasic, holds the pole position in Romania. It does so with 35,422 sales or 48.9% of the market, ahead of the Nova at 7.3% and the Tico ay 6.6%. Exceptional performance of the Renault Megane, the best of only 3 imports in the Top 10, landing in 5th place with 2,938 sales (4.4%), the other two imports being the Renault Clio (#8 with 1,234 sales) and Skoda Octavia (#10 with 911 sales).

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