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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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World 2000: VW Golf in pole position!

VW Golf

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Thanks to a tip from Florian, we now have access to the 120 best-sellers in the entire world, data sourced on Interautonews and AutoWorld. We were expecting the Toyota Corolla to lead the way, not so! 2000 is a real year off for the Corolla, only 10th with 603,351 sales…

The VW Golf is the best-selling car in the world in 2000 with no less than 1,143,044 units sold (including 690,400 in Europe). The Ford F-Series is #2 with 1,006,325 sales, including 876,716 in the US, ahead of the Opel Astra at 929,594 units and the Ford Focus with 926,284 sales.

Ford F150

The Renault Megane/Scenic is #5 at 730,383 units, followed by the Opel Corsa with 688,998 sales and the Peugeot 206 at 646,405 units. Notice the BMW 3 Series up to a fantastic 16th place with 477,853 sales, nearly doubling the score of the Mercedes C Class (#38 and 248,965 sales).

Mercury Sable

The best-selling Korean model in the world in 2000 is the Daewoo Matiz at #48 and 211,498 units, ahead of the Hyundai Accent at #51 and the Hyundai Sonata at #68. Other curiosities include the Dodge Neon at #42, the Oldsmobile Alero at #85, the Cadillac De Ville at #113 and the Mercury Sable at #114.

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Portugal 2000: Fiat Punto leads the market

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I only have official data for the first two months of the year in Portugal. If you have more complete figures please make sure to get in touch!

Renewed in 1999, the Fiat Punto takes the lead of Portuguese car sales with 3,181 registrations and a 6% market share, ahead of the Peugeot 206 at 2,970 sales (5.6%) and the Renault Clio at 2,828 (5.4%). The VW Polo progresses nicely in 4th with 2,294 sales (4.3%).

Previous year: Portugal 1999: Renault Clio takes the lead for the first time

Next year: Portugal 2001: Opel Corsa and Renault Clio fight

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Ireland 1998-2000: Fiat Punto dominates

Fiat Punto

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Originally launched in early 1994 in Ireland, the first generation Fiat Punto had to wait until its last year in 1998 to reach the first place of the Irish models ranking, selling 7,569 units that year, ahead of the Toyota Corolla and Ford Fiesta. In 1999, the 2nd generation Punto (pictured above) was introduced and sales increased to 7,913, keeping the Punto nameplate as the nation’s favourite car with a strong 4.5% market share.

The Irish market then took off in 2000, growing by a massive 32.5% to 225,800 units, still to this date a volume record for the country. However the Fiat Punto outperformed the market with an outstanding 39.8% sales increase to reach 11,065 units and 4.9% share that year.

Previous post: Ireland 1996: Ford Fiesta takes the lead

Next post: Ireland 2001-2003: Focus, Almera and Corolla on top

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South Africa 1997-2000: Toyota Corolla and Conquest lead the way

Toyota Corolla

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Two Toyotas fight it out for the title of best-selling car in South Africa over the period: the Toyota Corolla wins over 4 months in 1997 and 8 months in 1998 but the Toyota Conquest is close behind. However, when you know that the Conquest is in fact a previous generation (1987) Corolla that stayed in the catalogue, it’s like the Corolla fighting with itself!

Toyota Conquest

Other popular models over the period include the VW Citi Golf, a 1984 VW Golf slightly facelifted but still on sale a la Conquest, the Opel Kadett/Astra, Opel Corsa, VW Polo Classic, Mazda Midge/Ford Tracer (aka Mercury Tracer/Ford Escort), BMW 3 Series, Nissan Sentra/Sabre and Honda Civic/Ballade.

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Germany 2000: BMW 3 Series threatens Opel Astra for #2

VW Golf

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In 2000 the German car market is down 11% at 3,378,886 registrations. The VW Golf celebrates 20 consecutive years in pole position but is down 4% to 300,579 sales and 8.9% share. For the first time the Golf now sells nearly double the amount of the #2, the Opel Astra, in difficulty at 157,936 units and 4.7% this year, down 31% year-on-year. The BMW 3 Series is only 0.3% and 10,000 units below at 147,613 sales and 4.4% share…

BMW 3 Series

The Mercedes C Class, helped by its recent renewal, is up 6 spots to #4 with 115,761 units and 3.4%, above the VW Passat at 102,659 sales and 3%. These are the only 5 models able to sell more than 100,000 units in Germany this year, down from 12 in 1996. There is only one new entrant in the Top 15: the Opel Zafira at #15 with 56,331 sales and 1.7%, up 46% on 1999.

Opel Zafira

For the first time in 5 years, the best-selling import is not a Renault: it is the Fiat Punto at #17 with 1.5%, followed by the Peugeot 206 (#19), Renault Twingo (#21), Renault Scenic (#22) and Skoda Octavia (#24). Notice the MCC smart breaking into the Top 20 for the first time at #20 with 48,032 sales and 1.4%, and the Mercedes CLK breaking into the Top 30 at #30 and 29,390 units.

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Brazil 1998-2000: VW Gol keeps the lead, Palio & Corsa follow

I could only access data for the first 5 months of 1998, when the VW Gol ranked #1 with over 21,000 sales each month, adding up to 119,044 units and 17.4% market share over the period. The Gol is also the best selling car in Brazil in 1999 and 2000.

The Fiat Palio is weakening a little and loses its 2nd spot to the Chevrolet Corsa Hatch in February 1998 before getting back to 20,000+ monthly sales in April and May of that year. The Chevrolet Vectra, 6th over 1997, climbs to 4th over 5 months 1998 with 32,557 sales and 4.8%, ahead of the Fiat Uno (4.4%), Ford Fiesta (3.6%) and Ford Ka (3.4%).

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Norway 1998-2000: VW Golf in command

VW Golf

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The VW Golf is very popular in Norway over the period, finishing #1 each year, at 8,356 sales in 1998, 5,900 in 1999 and 5,819 in 2000. The #2 spot changes hands each year, from the VW Passat at 6,103 units in 1998 to the Opel Astra at 4,520 sales in 1999 to the Toyota Yaris at 4,937 units in 2000 for only its second year in market.

Toyota Yaris

Other popular models over the period include the Toyota Avensis #4 in 1998, the Ford Focus #4 in 1999 and 2000, the Opel Vectra #5 in 1998 and the Toyota Corolla #5 in 1999.

Previous post: Norway 1990-2000: VW Golf, Toyota Corolla and Opel Astra on top

Next post: Norway 2001: VW Passat and Ford Mondeo dominate

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Netherlands 1992-2000: Opel Astra and VW Golf in the lead

Opel Astra 2nd generation

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Once again the Dutch car market is strikingly stable with the two same models in the lead over the 9 year period! The transition from the Opel Kadett to the Astra in 1992 was very smooth and the Astra took the relay without issues at an imposing 8.2% market share in 1992. Its market share will however fall throughout the period to finish at 5.3% in 2000, the only exception being for the launch of the 2nd generation in 1998 when it generated a 6.3% share followed by 6.6% in 1999.

VW Golf

Replacing the Ford Escort as the second-most favourite car in Dutch consumers’ hearts, the VW Golf held itself particularly well over the period, slowly but surely closing the gap separating it from the top spot. It started at 4.7% in 1992 and finished at 4.8% in 2000, peaking at 5.7% in 1995.

Ford Focus

The 3rd place changes hands each year up until 1999, with the Opel Vectra, Ford Escort, Opel Corsa, Renault Megane and VW Polo all taking their turn before the Ford Focus manages to stay in that spot two years in a row in 1999 and 2000, peaking at 4% share in 2000. Only one Japanese model managed to break into the year-end Top 5: the Mazda 626, ranking 5th in 1992.

Note that 1999 marked the highest car sales volume ever in the Netherlands at 611,776 units.

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