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Finland 1999-2000: Opel Astra and Ford Focus on top

The Opel Astra is the best-selling vehicle in Finland over the period…

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

New car sales in Finland continue to gallop ahead at +8.8% to 136.224 units, the highest score in exactly ten years, since 1990 (139.180). Opel (+7%) remains the best-selling carmaker with Ford (+26%) advancing to #2 which is its highest ranking in Finland since 1982. Volkswagen (+20%) is a close third, both carmaker knocking Toyota (-7%) down to #4 whereas Nissan (+5%) remains at #5. The rest of the Top 12 is unchanged with Peugeot (+15%) and Volvo (+10%) the only brands managing a double-digit gain. Chrysler (+74%), Seat (+45%) and BMW (+26%) also impresses in the Top 20. Note all Korean carmakers Hyundai, Kia and Ssangyong fall down to zero sales this year.

Up 33% year-on-year thanks to its 2nd generation, the Opel Astra reclaims the time of best-selling vehicle in Finland at 7.1% share while a newcomer lands directly at #2 – an exceptional performance: the Ford Focus with 5.5% share. The Toyota Avensis drops 12% but remains in third place, which means last year’s leader, the Toyota Corolla, sinks to #4. It is the first time the Corolla isn’t Toyota’s best-seller in Finland. The VW Golf (+19%) is back up four spots to #5, the Renault Megane (+10%) breaks into the Top 10 for the first time at #9, while the VW Bora (#18), Toyota Yaris (#19), Peugeot 206 (#20) and Volvo S80 (#21) all make noticeable entrances.

…while the Ford Focus ranks 2nd both years.

In 2000, the Finnish new car market is down 1.1% to 134.654 registrations. Toyota (+7%) is up three spots to reclaim the brands lead at 11.4% share, knocking Opel (-16%) down to #2 and 10.7% with Volkswagen (-1%) a close third again at 10.6%. Ford (-17%) drops two spots to #4 and 9% while Volvo (+22%) returns to the Top 5 for the first time since 1993, pushing Nissan (-11%) down to #6 while the remainder of the Top 10 is unchanged and has only Renault (+12%) managing a positive score. Lada is reborn with a 94% surge to #16.

Model-wise, the Opel Astra repeats in the lead – its fifth win overall – despite a steep 31% drop to 5% share, with the Ford Focus also falling heavily at -19% to 4.5%. The Toyota Avensis (-1%) remains third for the third consecutive year, wth the VW Golf (+19%) up one spot to #4 and the Volvo S/V70 (+93%) up 12 ranks to #5. The Toyota Corolla (-6%) continues to slide down, now 6th, whereas the Renault Megane is up 36% to #7 and the Toyota Yaris (+63%) up 10 ranks to end its first full year in market inside the Top 10 at #9. The Fiat Punto is up 88% and 12 spots to #12, the Opel Zafira up 144% and 22 ranks to #21, the Seat Cordoba up 47% and 10 spots to #22 and the Lada Samara up 55% and 15 ranks to #33.

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

Full Year 1999 and 2000 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models below.

Finland 1999 – brands:

PosBrand1999%/981998%Pos
1Opel17,17512.6%7%15,99512.8%1
2Ford14,63810.7%26%11,5729.2%4
3Volkswagen14,47910.6%20%12,0429.6%3
4Toyota14,35010.5%-7%15,39112.3%2
5Nissan10,8157.9%5%10,3218.2%5
6Volvo7,9985.9%10%7,2735.8%6
7Renault7,7485.7%9%7,0865.7%7
8Peugeot7,6785.6%15%6,6735.3%8
9Fiat6,8205.0%4%6,5595.2%9
10Citroen5,1413.8%5%4,8923.9%10
11Mazda3,9692.9%-11%4,4703.6%11
12Mercedes-Benz3,9302.9%6%3,7213.0%12
13Seat3,2042.4%45%2,2141.8%16
14Skoda2,6872.0%5%2,5582.0%13
15Saab2,2061.6%2%2,1691.7%17
16Honda2,0271.5%-12%2,2951.8%14
17Mitsubishi1,9981.5%-12%2,2631.8%15
18BMW1,6161.2%26%1,2831.0%19
19Chrysler1,5931.2%74%9140.7%21
20Audi1,4991.1%-30%2,1501.7%18
21Lada1,2030.9%11%1,0870.9%20
22Suzuki8040.6%5%7650.6%22
23Subaru6440.5%56%4140.3%23
24Alfa Romeo4800.4%19%4050.3%24
25Rover4590.3%200%1530.1%26
26Chevrolet2900.2%22%2380.2%25
27Land Rover2330.2%148%940.1%27
28Jeep1790.1%142%740.1%28
29Lexus1250.1%558%190.0%31
30Daihatsu1190.1%86%640.1%29
31Jaguar710.1%184%250.0%30
32Iveco120.0%20%100.0%32
33Porsche90.0%800%10.0%38
34Cadillac80.0%33%60.0%33
35Lancia40.0%-20%50.0%34
36Maserati30.0%200%10.0%40
37Ferrari30.0%n/a00.0% –
38Isuzu20.0%n/a00.0%55
39Smart10.0%new00.0% –
40SsangYong00.0%-100%40.0%35
41Hyundai00.0%-100%20.0%36
42Pontiac00.0%-100%10.0%37
43Kia00.0%-100%10.0%39
44Winnebago00.0%-100%10.0%41
 –Others40.0%n/a00.0% –

Finland 1999 – models:

PosModel1999%/981998%Pos
1Opel Astra9,6687.1%33%7,2645.8%2
2Ford Focus7,4495.5%new00.0% –
3Toyota Avensis6,0934.5%-12%6,9105.5%3
4Toyota Corolla5,3353.9%-28%7,4015.9%1
5VW Golf4,7573.5%19%3,9933.2%9
6Nissan Almera4,4853.3%6%4,2383.4%6
7Opel Vectra4,4043.2%-30%6,2905.0%4
8Nissan Primera4,3233.2%2%4,2253.4%7
9Renault Megane3,5332.6%10%3,2002.6%11
10Ford Mondeo3,3412.5%-32%4,9083.9%5
11VW Polo3,3172.4%-17%4,0163.2%8
12Volvo S/V403,2982.4%-2%3,3552.7%10
13Fiat Bravo/Brava2,8992.1%1%2,8742.3%15
14VW Passat2,8782.1%-7%3,0902.5%13
15Peugeot 4052,7822.0%0%2,7942.2%16
16Citroen Xsara2,7492.0%1%2,7252.2%17
17Volvo S/V702,6041.9%-17%3,1412.5%12
18VW Bora2,4451.8%new00.0% –
19Toyota Yaris2,3011.7%new00.0% –
20Peugeot 2062,0981.5%new00.0% –
21Volvo S802,0561.5%new00.0% –
22Renault Clio2,0421.5%89%1,0800.9%36
23Mazda 6261,8491.4%-28%2,5692.1%18
24Fiat Punto1,8191.3%-10%2,0241.6%20
25Mazda 3231,8141.3%3%1,7551.4%22
26Peugeot 3061,7331.3%-25%2,3081.8%19
27Nissan Micra1,6971.2%11%1,5291.2%24
28Skoda Octavia1,5821.2%45%1,0920.9%34
29Renault Laguna1,5661.1%-18%1,9211.5%21
30Opel Corsa1,4661.1%-7%1,5781.3%23
31Ford Escort1,4201.0%-54%3,0792.5%14
32Seat Cordoba1,3901.0%73%8020.6%41
33Saab 9-31,3661.0%11%1,2361.0%29
34Fiat Marea1,2780.9%33%9580.8%38
35Mercedes C-Class1,2400.9%-13%1,4181.1%26
36Citroen Xantia1,2110.9%3%1,1770.9%33
37Mercedes E-Class1,1880.9%-1%1,2021.0%31
38Ford Fiesta1,1110.8%-11%1,2491.0%28
39Skoda Felicia1,1050.8%-25%1,4661.2%25
40BMW 31,0900.8%56%7000.6%45
41Mercedes A-Class9890.7%49%6650.5%47
42Mitsubishi Carisma9800.7%-17%1,1780.9%32
43Opel Zafira9440.7%new00.0% –
44Honda Civic9320.7%-24%1,2231.0%30
45Ford KA9310.7%-31%1,3411.1%27
46Seat Toledo9280.7%19%7810.6%42
47Chrysler Neon9240.7%n/an/an/an/a
48Saab 9-58400.6%18%7110.6%43
49Lada Samara8250.6%-24%1,0870.9%35
50Fiat Ducato8190.6%19%6900.6%46

Finland 2000 – brands:

PosBrand2000%/991999%Pos
1Toyota15,38311.4%7%14,35010.5%4
2Opel14,34210.7%-16%17,17512.6%1
3Volkswagen14,32410.6%-1%14,47910.6%3
4Ford12,1549.0%-17%14,63810.7%2
5Volvo9,7897.3%22%7,9985.9%6
6Nissan9,6587.2%-11%10,8157.9%5
7Renault8,7106.5%12%7,7485.7%7
8Peugeot7,6015.6%-1%7,6785.6%8
9Fiat6,3324.7%-7%6,8205.0%9
10Citroen4,8653.6%-5%5,1413.8%10
11Mercedes-Benz4,2523.2%8%3,9302.9%12
12Seat3,7872.8%18%3,2042.4%13
13Skoda3,0842.3%15%2,6872.0%14
14Mazda2,6752.0%-33%3,9692.9%11
15Saab2,4381.8%11%2,2061.6%15
16Lada2,3321.7%94%1,2030.9%21
17Audi2,1781.6%45%1,4991.1%20
18Chrysler2,0391.5%28%1,5931.2%19
19Honda1,9531.5%-4%2,0271.5%16
20BMW1,9301.4%19%1,6161.2%18
21Mitsubishi1,5711.2%-21%1,9981.5%17
22Suzuki1,0790.8%34%8040.6%22
23Alfa Romeo4040.3%-16%4800.4%24
24Chevrolet3600.3%24%2900.2%26
25Rover3540.3%-23%4590.3%25
26Subaru3170.2%-51%6440.5%23
27Land Rover2800.2%20%2330.2%27
28Jeep1740.1%-3%1790.1%28
29Jaguar1230.1%73%710.1%31
30Lexus420.0%-66%1250.1%29
31Daihatsu350.0%-71%1190.1%30
32Iveco190.0%58%120.0%32
33Porsche150.0%67%90.0%33
34Ferrari90.0%200%30.0%37
35Cadillac80.0%0%80.0%34
36Maserati30.0%0%30.0%36
37Hyundai30.0%n/a00.0%41
38Lamborghini20.0%n/a00.0% –
39Isuzu10.0%-50%20.0%38
40GMC10.0%n/a00.0% –
41Lancia00.0%-100%40.0%35
42Smart00.0%-100%10.0%39
 –Others280.0%600%40.0% –

Finland 2000 – models:

PosModel2000%/991999%Pos
1Opel Astra6,6725.0%-31%9,6687.1%1
2Ford Focus6,0664.5%-19%7,4495.5%2
3Toyota Avensis6,0194.5%-1%6,0934.5%3
4VW Golf5,6514.2%19%4,7573.5%5
5Volvo S/V705,0263.7%93%2,6041.9%17
6Toyota Corolla5,0113.7%-6%5,3353.9%4
7Renault Megane4,7973.6%36%3,5332.6%9
8Nissan Almera4,3153.2%-4%4,4853.3%6
9Toyota Yaris3,7582.8%63%2,3011.7%19
10Nissan Primera3,5272.6%-18%4,3233.2%8
11Opel Vectra3,4532.6%-22%4,4043.2%7
12Fiat Punto3,4162.5%88%1,8191.3%24
13Citroen Xsara3,0212.2%10%2,7492.0%16
14Volvo S/V402,9962.2%-9%3,2982.4%12
15Peugeot 4052,9322.2%5%2,7822.0%15
16VW Polo2,8742.1%-13%3,3172.4%11
17VW Passat2,6692.0%-7%2,8782.1%14
18Peugeot 2062,5981.9%24%2,0981.5%20
19Ford Mondeo2,5131.9%-25%3,3412.5%10
20VW Bora2,4251.8%-1%2,4451.8%18
21Opel Zafira2,3041.7%144%9440.7%43
22Seat Cordoba2,0461.5%47%1,3901.0%32
23Renault Laguna1,8691.4%19%1,5661.1%29
24Skoda Octavia1,7381.3%10%1,5821.2%28
25Mercedes C-Class1,7121.3%38%1,2400.9%35
26Renault Clio1,6001.2%-22%2,0421.5%22
27Fiat Bravo/Brava1,5581.2%-46%2,8992.1%13
28Mazda 6261,5121.1%-18%1,8491.4%23
29Saab 9-31,4791.1%8%1,3661.0%33
30Peugeot 3061,4451.1%-17%1,7331.3%26
31Volvo S801,4151.1%-31%2,0561.5%21
32Mercedes E-Class1,3021.0%10%1,1880.9%37
33Lada Samara1,2770.9%55%8250.6%49
34Nissan Micra1,2610.9%-26%1,6971.2%27
35BMW 31,2490.9%15%1,0900.8%40
36Ford KA1,1910.9%28%9310.7%45
37Ford Escort1,0690.8%-25%1,4201.0%31
38Lada 1101,0550.8%n/an/an/an/a
39Ford Fiesta1,0430.8%-6%1,1110.8%38
40Mazda 3231,0350.8%-43%1,8141.3%25
41Chrysler Neon1,0100.8%9%9240.7%47
42Opel Corsa9960.7%-32%1,4661.1%30
43Saab 9-59590.7%14%8400.6%48
44Seat Ibiza9550.7%n/an/an/an/a
45Audi A49020.7%n/an/an/an/a
46Fiat Ducato8580.6%5%8190.6%50
47Mitsubishi Carisma7630.6%-22%9800.7%42
48Skoda Felicia7510.6%-32%1,1050.8%39
49Citroen Xantia7240.5%-40%1,2110.9%36
50Honda Accord6910.5%n/an/an/an/a

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

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