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Austria 2004: VW Golf V leads the way, Sharan shines

VW Golf

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Car sales are up 3% in Austria this year at 311,292 registrations. Launched last year, the VW Golf V reaches its full potential in 2004, delivering what will end up being its best ever monthly volumes in the country in March (2,170) and April (2,181). It is #1 11 months out of 12 and finishes the year at 17,677 sales and 5.7% of the market.

VW Sharan

The Skoda Fabia gains one spot in 2nd at 8,966 sales, just ahead of the VW Polo at 8,929, both at 2.9% share. The Audi A4 stays 4th at 7,188 sales, followed by the Ford Focus, both with 2.3%. Notice the new gen Opel Astra directly in 9th (1.8%). The VW Sharan is #11 overall (1.7%) but was #1 in December.

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Europe 2004: VW Golf, Peugeot 206 and 307 on podium

VW Golf

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As predicted, the arrival of the 5th generation enables the VW Golf to take back the European best-selling car title from the Peugeot 206 in 2004. Golf sales are up 18% to 585,356 units, whereas 206 sales are down 2% to 539,037. For the first time in the history of automobile Peugeot manages to place 2 models on the European podium with the 307 up two spots and 9% to #3 and 485,271 sales!

Peugeot 307

The Renault Megane’s controversial new looks are a huge success: the model is up 4 spots and 31% to #4 with 465,778 units, to this date the nameplate’s strongest year ever. It is followed by the Renault Clio at 433,375 sales and the Ford Focus at 432,426. The Opel Astra, helped by the third generation launched this year, starts to climb back the ranking at #7 and 398,767 units (+14%).

Renault Megane

Further down, notice the Renault Scenic up 27% to #11, the Skoda Fabia up 71% to #16, the Toyota Yaris up 19% to #17, the Opel Meriva up 81% to #21, the VW Touran up 109% to #22, the Ford Focus C-Max landing directly at #30, the Skoda Octavia up 59% to #33 and the Hyundai Getz up 62% to #40, the highest ever European year-end ranking for a Korean model.

Previous year: Europe 2003: Peugeot 206 most popular, VW Golf down to #2

Next year: Europe 2005: VW Golf keeps Opel Astra at bay – or does it?

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Slovenia 2003-2004: Clio and 206 dominate

Renault Clio

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The Slovenian car market has an air of France over the period with the Renault Clio, produced locally, #1 both years and reaching 12.4% of the market in 2004, and the Peugeot 206 in 2nd place each time, at 5.5% in 2004.

Peugeot 206

#7 in 2003, the VW Golf climbs on the 3rd step of the podium in 2004 ahead of the Opel Corsa and Renault Megane. The Fiat Punto, #3 in 2003, drops 3 spots to 6th in 2004.

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Spain 2004: Renault Megane back on top

Renault Megane

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The Spanish new car market is up a very healthy 10% in 2004 at 1.518 million registrations. Thanks to a very welcoming reception for the controversial new design, the Renault Megane is back in pole position, up 4 ranks on 2003 with sales up 25% to 72,514 units. The Peugeot 307 follows, up 7% to 69,449 sales while the Ford Focus rounds up the podium at 62,827 units and the Seat Ibiza is down 3 spots to #4 with 62,587 sales.

Peugeot 307

The Peugeot 206 is down one rank to #5 at 58,451 units, the Citroen C3 is up 13% and 2 spots to #6 with 48,015 sales, the Renault Scenic is up 7 ranks and a brilliant 38% to #7 at 45,056 units and the VW Golf reappears in the Top 10 at #10 with 40,688 sales, up 18%.

Kia Picanto

The month of December 2004 was very eventful in Spain with no less than 4 models breaking into the Top 20 for the first time. The Kia Picanto delivered an amazing 7th place with 3,952 sales and 3% share, the highest position ever reached by a Korean model so far in any major European country! The new Citroen C4 was #12 (2.2%), the Peugeot 407 #13 (2.1%) and the Seat Altea was #18 with 2,160 sales…

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Japan 2004: Toyota Corolla, Honda Fit and Nissan Cube on podium

Toyota Corolla

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Thanks to a light facelift, the Toyota Corolla stays on top for the 2nd year in a row, however its sales are down for the 3rd consecutive year at -13% with 173,301 units. It held the top spot 8 times, vs. 3 for the Honda Fit, #2 at 149,503 sales (-18%), followed by the Nissan Cube, up one spot and stable at 139,623 units.

Nissan Cube

The Toyota Wish drops one spot and 20% in 4th, the Toyota Crown is up 12 spots and 108% at #5 and the Honda Odyssey, #1 in January, is up 13 spots and 116% at #7. A lot of new models appear in the ranking this year: right from its launch in June, the Toyota Passo is a regular fixture in the Top10, whereas the Nissan Tiida, launched in September, is on the podium for the last 3 months of the year, peaking at 11,237 sales in October.

You can check out every monthly Top 30 for 2004 here.

Previous year: Japan 2003: Corolla back on top, Toyota Wish #3

Next year: Japan 2005: Toyota Vitz threatens Corolla, Ractis starts strong

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Nissan Tiida

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Switzerland 2004: Golf, Audi A4 & Peugeot 307 on podium

VW Golf

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The Swiss car market has traditionally been a mix of German and French influences, and the 2004 models ranking is no exception. The VW Golf is clear leader in Switzerland at 10,488 sales, ahead of the Audi A4 at 6,759 units, the Peugeot 307 with 6,172 sales and the Opel Astra at 6,155 units.

Peugeot 307

These four models are the only ones above 2% market share… The Peugeot 206, BMW 3-Series and VW Touran follow. Notice the Subaru Legacy at #28, Justy at #37 and Forester at #41, Switzerland being by far Subaru’s strongest European market.

Previous post: Switzerland 2002-2003: VW Golf and Audi A4 on top

Next post: Switzerland 2005: Golf and Astra dominate, Octavia up 72%

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Poland 2004: Fiat Panda new best-seller

Fiat Panda

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Car sales in Poland are down 9% this year at 332,222 registrations. For its first full year in market, the new generation Fiat Panda manages to become the best-selling car in the country with 31,074 sales and 9.4% share, up a massive 126% on 2003… The Skoda Fabia is down 16% to #2 with 26,411 units and 7.9%. In spite of sales down 16% to 12,100 units, the Toyota Yaris climbs onto the Polish podium for the very first time this year. It is the first time a Toyota manages to ranks within the Polish year-end Top 3.

Excellent performance of the Skoda Octavia up 6 spots and 9% to #4 with 11,927 sales and 3.6% and of the Opel Astra also up 6 ranks to #5 at 11,429 units and 3.4% share. The Toyota Corolla stays 6th at -17% while the Fiat Seicento is down 5 spots and 60% to #7, followed by the Opel Corsa (-16%), Ford Focus (-11%) and Peugeot 206 (-27%). Notice also the Toyota Avensis reaching a best-ever 14th place and the Ford Fusion up 15 spots to #20.

Previous year: Poland 2003: Skoda Fabia takes the lead

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Netherlands 2003-2005: Peugeot 307 in command

Peugeot 307

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Over the period one model stands out above all the others: the Peugeot 307. With 25,245 sales in 2003 it grabs 5.2% of the Dutch market and follows through with 22,507 sales (4.7%) in 2004 and 15,484 (3.3%) in 2005, staying on top all 3 years.

The second spot changes hands each year, demonstrating the competitiveness of the market. The Peugeot 206 is #2 in 2003 at 3.9% share, the VW Golf takes the relay in 2004 at 3.5% before being cannibalised by its MPV version (the Golf Plus) and the Opel Astra is back in shape in 2005 at 3.1%. Only two other models manage to find their way into the Dutch Top 5 over the period: the Ford Focus peaking at #3 in 2005 and the Renault Scenic peaking at #4 in 2004 and 2005.

A very significant event happens in 2005: after at least 25 of domination from Opel, Volkswagen becomes the best-selling brand in the Netherlands, by a tiny margin with 44,952 sales compared to 44,529 to Opel…

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Germany 2004: VW Golf V leads, Opel Astra back to #2

VW Golf V

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Very stable car market in Germany at 3,266,826 registrations this year. The VW Golf, helped by the 5th generation now in dealerships, keeps the lead for the 24th consecutive year but without a bang: at 222,301 units and 6.8% it is still a very fragile performance by Golf’s standards.

Opel Astra

The big event of 2004 is the come-back of the Opel Astra to its ‘traditional’ #2 position, a place it had not held since 2000, even slipping down to #8 last year. The new generation launched in May boosted sales, overall at +23% and 110,218 units (3.4% share), peaking at 13,674 and 4.9% in Dec.

VW Touran

As a result the BMW 3 Series is down to #3 at 109,367 units (-19%), followed by the Mercedes C Class at 104,028 (-1%) and the Audi A4 at 97,287 (-11%), however peaking at a best-ever 2nd place in March with 12,017 sales. The VW Touran excels for its first full year of sales at #6 with 95,408 units, it even broke into the podium twice this year: in June (best-ever 10,460 sales) and July (best-ever 3.5% share).

Mercedes A Class

On paper the Mercedes A Class is stable year at #11 and +7%, however this hides a tormented year marked by the arrival of the 2nd generation of the model in September, accelerating sales to unheard-of 10,338 units and 3.6% share in 2nd place in November! The BMW 5 Series, also relaunched this year, reaches an impressive 5th spot in October (3.1%) and the Audi A3 breaks into the German Top 10 for the first time in November (#8) then manages a best-ever 6th place in December…

The Peugeot 206 is the best-selling foreign model for the 4th consecutive year at #14, followed by the Skoda Fabia (#18 – best-ever #13 in June), Peugeot 307 (#20) and Toyota Corolla (#22). Notice the Renault Modus up to #23 in November, or #3 import.

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