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Australia 2001: Commodore, Falcon and Toyota Corolla on podium

2001 Holden Commodore. Picture by James Dobbin. All rights reserved.

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The Australian car market is down 1% year-on-year in 2001 to 772,681. Once again the Holden Commodore widens the gap with the Ford Falcon: it is up 2% to 85,411 sales and 11.1% while the Ford is down 11% to 53,534 units and 6.9%, its lowest volume since 1991…  The Toyota Corolla is up one more spot to land on the podium at #3 for the first time since official models data is published in Australia. It sells 30,813 units for a 4% market share, up just 2% on 2000 and is now followed by the Holden Astra, up a shiny 6 ranks and 54% to #4 with 28,450 sales and 3.7%.

Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Camry/Vienta is down 20% to #5, ahead of the Mitsubishi Magna/Verada (-7%) and Hyundai Accent/Excel (-29%). The Ford Ute is up 24% to a best-ever #11, the Ford Laser is back up 36% to #12, its highest ranking since 1995, the Toyota Avalon is up 34% to #15, the Holden Ute up 76% to #16, the Toyota RAV4 up 30% to #17 and the Mazda Tribute lands directly at #30.

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

Next year: Australia 2002: Commodore in command, breaks monthly record

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

VW Golf

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In 2001 the VW Golf celebrates its 18th year atop European car sales, but the task was a little harder this year. It leads with 664,328 units, down just 1%, that’s 37,000 sales or 0.2% market share above the Peugeot 206… The French heir of the legendary Peugeot 205 delivers what would end up being its best-ever European year-end volume at 627,370 sales, up 17% and 2 spots on 2000 for a much deserved 2nd place.

Peugeot 206

The Ford Focus is up 9% and also 2 spots to climb onto the European podium for the very first time with 543,378 sales, just above the Fiat Punto down just 4% but 2 ranks to #4 and 541,274 units. Passed by the Focus, the Opel Astra is now #3 in its category and #5 overall with 517,519 sales (-4%). The BMW 3 Series impresses: it is up 5% and one spot to #9 with a record 343,991 sales. It’s official: the Renault Scenic (#11, -3%) sells more than the Megane (#14, -15%).

Ford Focus

Other great performers in Europe in 2001 include the Ford Mondeo up 8 spots and 51% to #12, Mercedes C-Class also up 8 to #13, Renault Laguna up 9 to #17, Audi A4 up 5 to #18, Citroen Picasso up 10 to #21 and Skoda Fabia up 24 to #30. The Toyota Yaris is the best-selling Japanese model in Europe by far again at #22 with 195,875 sales, with only two other nippons in the Top 40: the Nissan Micra (#36) and Almera (#37). Notice also the Peugeot 307, launched mid-year, landing directly at #23 with 191,275 sales.

Previous year: Europe 2000: VW Golf and Fiat Punto dominate

Next year: Europe 2002: VW Golf only 500 units above Peugeot 206

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Japan 2001: Year 33 of the Toyota Corolla reign

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In 2001 the Toyota Corolla clocks up another outstanding year at 236,507 sales, nearly 100,000 more than the #2 car, the Toyota Vitz (aka Yaris) at 142,513 units. The Honda Stream takes the 3rd spot with nearly 120,000 sales, just ahead of the Toyota Estima at 118,901, the Honda StepWGN at 110,014 and the Honda Fit at 104,298.

Toyota Vitz

Notice the Honda Fit taking the pole position ahead of the Toyota Corolla both in November with 19,772 sales vs. 19,127 for the Corolla and in December at 17,455 vs. 14,794.

You can see each monthly Top 30 for 2001 here.

Previous year: Japan 2000: Toyota Vitz threatens Toyota Corolla for pole position

Next year: Japan 2002: Honda Fit interrupts 33-year long Toyota Corolla domination!

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Honda Stream

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Greece 2001: Opel Astra takes the lead ahead of Accent & Punto

Opel Astra

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The Greek car market is down 5% in 2001 to a still very respectable 280,179 registrations. Over the last 4 years the Hyundai Accent and Opel Astra have been passing each other for the Greek pole position and this year it’s the turn of the Opel Astra. Losing very little ground (-2%), it reclaims the lead of Greek car sales with 13,337 units and 4.8% share, just above the Accent at 13,030 sales and 4.7%. The Fiat Punto stays third but improves its market share to 4.2% at 11,701 sales.

The Peugeot 206 gains two spots to reach a best-ever 4th place with 9,732 sales (3.5%), followed by the Hyundai Atos, Citroen Saxo and Opel Corsa up a very impressive 150% and 19 spots over 2000, all with 3.4% share. Other great performers include the Ford Focus up 55% and 9 ranks to #11, the Skoda Fabia up 160% to #22, the Peugeot 307 landing directly at #28 and the Ford Mondeo up 238% to #32.

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

Next year: Greece 2002: Fiat Punto, Peugeot 206 and 307 on podium

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Sweden 2000-2001: Volvo and Saab dominate at home

Saab 9-5

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After outstanding growth since 1996, the Swedish car market catches its breath over the period at -2% in 2000 with 290,529 registrations and -15% in 2001 at 246,581. The Volvo S/V/C70 stays on top with 10.3% share in 2000 and 9.3% in 2001.

The Saab 9-5 is #2 both years and improves its share to 5.6% in 2000 and 6.1% in 2001. The Volvo S40/V40 drops from #2 in ’99 to #3 in 2000 and #4 in 2001 at 4%. Extraordinary start for the all-new Volvo S60, #3 in 2001 at 11,839 units and 4.8% for its first full year of sales. The Saab 9-3, #4 in 2000, is #5 in 2001 with an improved 3.9% share.

In 2001 and for the second time in 3 years the Top 5 is 100% Swedish.

Previous post: see the Swedish 1998-1999 Top 30 best-selling models here.

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2000 Volvo S60

2000 Saab 9-3

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Philippines 1999-2001: Toyota Revo & Mitsubishi Adventure on top

Toyota Revo

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After losing 45% in 1998, the Filipino car market is down a further 8% in 1999 at 74,007 registrations and stays very low in 2000 (83,887 units) and 2001 (76,668). The market leader throughout is the Toyota Revo (for “Revolution”) that replaced the Tamaraw FX and managed what its predecessor never did: beating the Toyota Corolla. The Revo leads with an enormous 15.3% share in ’99, 14.1% in ’00 and 13.2% in ’01.

Mitsubishi Adventure

The Honda Civic stays 2nd in ’99 with 6,827 sales and 9.2% but gets passed by the Mitsubishi Adventure in ’00 at 6,824 units and 8.1%, improving to 7,711 sales and 10.1% in ’01. In spite of the new generation arriving in 2000, the Toyota Corolla is down to #3 in ’99 at 7.5% and #4 in ’00 (6.4%) and ’01 (7.1%).

Other successes during the period include the Nissan Sentra, #5 in ’99, the Isuzu Hi-Lander, #5 in ’00 and #3 in ’01, the Honda CR-V, #6 in ’99 and the Nissan Exalta, #6 in ’00 and ’01. Notice the Mitsubishi Pajero breaking into the year-end Filipino Top 10 for the first time in ’99.

Previous post: Philippines 1997-1998 market plunges but Toyota Corolla resists

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Germany 2001: #2 not an Opel for the first time in 18 years!

Mercedes C Class

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The German car market slows down its decline this year at -1% and 3,341,718 registrations. No surprise at #1: the VW Golf holds on tight to its title of Germany’s best-selling car at 272,737 sales and 8.2% share, down 9%.

Big event in 2nd place: since 1983 it had always been reserved to Opel’s Golf-fighter: first the Kadett, then the Astra. Not so anymore: this year the Mercedes C Class is #2 thanks to sales up 36% 156,872 units and 4.7% share… This would remain the nameplate’s highest volume ever. The BMW 3 Series is stable at #3 with 147,265 units, also passing the Opel Astra, down to #4 at 144,183 sales and already threatened by the VW Passat, up 36% to 139,203 units.

Audi A2

The Peugeot 206 is the best-selling import for the very first time at #16 with 50,413 sales and 1.5%, it even ranks #9 in December with 5,045 units changing hands, only the second foreign model in the last 10 years with the Renault 19 to break into the monthly German Top 10. The Fiat Punto (#19) and Renault Twingo (#22) follow. Notice the Skoda Fabia up 23 spots to #24 at 39,128 units and the Audi A2 up to #32 with 26,434 sales and 0.8%, the best year-end position it would ever reach in Germany.

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Norway 2001: VW Passat and Ford Mondeo dominate

VW Passat

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In a market down 6% at 91,916 registrations, the top of the sales ranking is turned upside down this year, but Volkswagen keeps the first spot, in the form of the VW Passat. Renewed in 2000, it is the best-selling car in Norway this year with 5,256 sales and 5.7% of the market (up 32% on 2000).

Ford Mondeo

A direct competitor the Ford Mondeo, also renewed in 2000, takes the 2nd spot with 4,605 sales (+238%!) and 5% share. The VW Golf, leader in the last two years, drops to 3rd with 4,267 sales (-27%). The Toyota Yaris also drops 2 spots in 4th at 4,253 sales (-14%). The Toyota Avensis, stable, ranks 5th.

The other two biggest progressions in the Top 20 are the Toyota RAV4 at #8 (+134%) and the Renault Laguna at #18 (+109%). The Peugeot 307, all new for 2001, comes in at #20 with 1,392 sales.

Previous post: Norway 1998-2000: VW Golf in command

Next post: Norway 2002-2003: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

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Brazil 2001: VW Gol and Fiat Palio dominate

Solid year for the traditional two Brazilian best-sellers: the VW Gol delivers 265,898 units, ahead of the Fiat Palio at 163,706 sales, the Fiat Uno at 114,539 sales and the Chevrolet Celta at 90,159 units.

Quatro Rodas figures now split hatchback and sedans versions, which means the Chevrolet Corsa Sedan drops to 5th position with 83,526 sales. The Hatch version comes in at 6th with 52,123 units. In the Palio family, the Palio Weekend is #8 at 37,303 sales, the Siena is #9 at 33,942 and the Strada is #11 at 29,007.

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Netherlands 2001: VW Golf ends 20-year+ Opel domination!

VW Golf

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Huge event this year in the Netherlands: after at least 20 years of domination by an Opel model – Kadett then Astra, in 2001 the best-selling car in the country is the VW Golf! At 25,290 sales it holds 4.8% of the market whereas the Opel Astra is at only 21,809 units and 4.1%, even dropping to #3 behind the Peugeot 206 at 22,294 sales and 4.2%!

The Ford Focus falls to #4 but stays strong at 3.7% share, and it is followed by the Opel Corsa at 3% and the Opel Zafira at 2.8%. This way Opel keeps the brands leadership it has held for over 20 years in the country… The best-selling Japanese model is the Toyota Yaris, down 1 spot to #12, and the best-selling Korean is the Hyundai Atos, down 3 spots to #29.

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