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Europe LCV 2004-2005: Ford Transit reigns

Ford Transit

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The European Light Commercial Vehicle market is up 3% during the period to 2,112,409 units in 2005. The Ford Transit holds the pole position both years but sees its market slip down from 6.6% in 2004 thanks to 135,710 sales to 6.4% in 2005 at 136,132 units.

In fact, the entire Top 4 stays unchanged, with the Renault Kangoo at #2, peaking at 5.4% in 2004, the Mercedes Sprinter at #3, peaking at 4.9% in 2004 and the Fiat Ducato at #4, reaching 4.3% in 2005. The VW Transporter gains 12% and one spot to #5 in 2005, but the best performance goes to the VW Caddy, up 5 spots and 33% to #10 with 62,732 sales and 3% market share.

Full Year 2004 and 2005 Top 20 Ranking Tables below.

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Cyprus 2005: Toyota Corolla leads, Mercedes E-Class #4

Toyota Corolla

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The car market in Cyprus is very limited and the models ranking is rather eclectic: the Toyota Corolla is in pole position with 940 sales, ahead of the Renault Megane at 846 and the Opel Astra at 843.

Mercedes E-Class

Then, quite remarkably, comes the Mercedes E-Class at 761 units, followed by the Honda Civic at 710 and the VW Golf at 695. The Mazda3 and Ford Focus round up the Top 8.

Full Year 2005 Top 8 Ranking Table below.

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Argentina 2003-2005: VW Gol dominates

VW Gol

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The Argentinean car market was hit full frontal by the crisis in 2002, falling under 100,000 units. It recovers pretty swiftly over the next few years: up 48% in 2003 at 143,273 registrations, up 101% in 2004 at 288,527 units and up 34% in 2005 at 385,805 sales.

Throughout the period, the VW Gol continues to dominate the models ranking with a comfortable margin, going from 9.7% share in 2003, to 13.9% in 2004 and 11.3% in 2005. The Chevrolet Corsa, 5th in 2003 (5.5%), climbs up to #2 in 2004 (6.3%) and stays there in 2005 with a strong 7.3% share.

Great success also for the Peugeot 206, #2 in 2003 at 6.1% of the market and #3 in 2004 (5.4%) and 2005 (5.9%). The Renault Clio progresses throughout the period, going from 7th in 2003 to 5th in 2004 and 4th in 2005.

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Austria 2005: Golf and Astra dominate, Golf Plus shines

VW Golf Plus

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The Austrian car market is very stable this year at -1% and 307,915 registrations. The VW Golf V keeps its best seller title even though it lost 33% over 2004 at 11,931 sales and 3.9% share. It lead the monthly ranking 7 times out of 12.

The new gen Opel Astra kept progressing during the first half of the year to reach the 1st place in July (with 1,404 sales) before slowing down significantly. It finishes the year #2 at 9,967 sales (3.2%). The other models to hold the monthly pole position are the VW Polo in August (3rd overall at 2.9%), the VW Passat in October and November  (5th this year at 2.6%)…

…and the VW Golf Plus, launched in February, delivering an extremely impressive year: it grew steadily through the year to finish in first place in December with 897 sales and 5.1% share! It is #8 overall at 6,455 sales and 2.1%.

Full Year 2005 Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Europe 2005: VW Golf keeps Opel Astra at bay, or does it?

VW Golf

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2005 is a difficult year to cover as different sources give a different best-seller in Europe… According to JATO, the VW Golf manages to keeps the title of best-selling car in Europe one more time in spite of sales down 14% to 476,901, its lowest volume in 20 years. In 2nd place, the Opel Astra delivers 466,841 sales and grabs the monthly top spot in Europe for the first time in 6 years, twice: in September (43,026 sales) and November (34,006 sales).

Opel Astra

However, later (and more accurate?) figures show the Opel Astra #1 in Europe for the first time with 489,529 sales, up 23% on 2003. Based on this result the Astra finally achieves what it has been designed for: beating the Golf 14 long years since the nameplate first launched in 1991… Fortunately the rest of the ranking is consistent and the Ford Focus rounds up a podium 100% made of compact cars for the first time ever in Europe, up 4% and 3 spots to 449,942 sales.

Ford Focus

The Peugeot 206 and 307 are both down 2 spots to #4 and #5 respectively, followed by the Renault Megane and Clio. The VW Passat is up 6 ranks to #12 overall but ranked #5 in December, and the Fiat Punto, helped by the Grande Punto launch, reappears in the Top 10 in December. The Peugeot 407 lands in the Top 20 at #20 with 207,018 sales for its first full year, the Skoda Octavia is up 10 spots to #23, the Audi A3 up 7 to #24, the Mercedes A-Class up 10 to #28 and the Renault Modus ranks #31.

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

Next year: Europe 2006: Opel Astra triumphs, Focus and Clio close behind

Full Year 2005 Top 50, July to December Top 10 Ranking Tables and every model’s sales below.

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Slovenia 2005: Clio, Megane and Golf on podium

Renault Clio

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The Slovenian car market is slowing down a bit in 2005 at -4% with 60,752 registrations. With the help of the new Phase III launched in September 2005, the Renault Clio stays #1 with 5,946 sales and 9.8% of the market.

Renault Megane

Renault places two models on top of the ranking with the Megane at #2 with 2,469 units in 2005 (4.1%). The VW Golf rounds up the podium at 4% followed by the Peugeot 206 (3.7%), Opel Corsa (3.6%) and Renault Scenic (3.4%). Notice the Renault Modus in 15th place with 1,122 sales and 1.8% share.

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Spain 2005: Renault Megane leads, Citroen C4 arrives

Renault Megane

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Spanish car sales are up 1% this year at a fantastic 1.529 million units. The Renault Megane stays comfortably on top of the models ranking with 80,578 sales and 5.3%, down 21%. In fact the Top 4 stays unchanged versus 2004…

Peugeot 307

Helped by a light facelift, the the Peugeot 307 stays #2 with 63,870 units (-8%), the Seat Ibiza is at #3 and 60,399 sales (-3%) and the Ford Focus at #4 with 51,438 units (-16%). The Opel Astra gains 3 spots in 5th place with 50,975 sales and 3.3% share.

Citroen C4

For its first full year of sales, the Citroen C4 meets expectations and lands directly in 6th position at 46,254 units at 3% market share, peaking at #5 in January and April. The VW Golf reaches its best-ever yearly position in Spain at #7, even ranking #4 in August.

Seat Leon

The new generation Seat Leon manages to land in the podium twice this year, ranking #3 in October and December. It finishes the year at #9, up 8% on 2004. The Peugeot 407 is #12 but reaches a best-ever 6th place in April and the Toyota Corolla breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the very first time in Spain this year, in August and December.

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Japan 2005: Toyota Vitz threatens Corolla, Ractis starts strong

Toyota Vitz

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Lots of new models and changes this year in Japan, even though the Toyota Corolla stays #1 at 149,810 sales (-14%), ranking first 6 times. The new generation Toyota Vitz (aka Yaris) is an immediate hit: it is #1 for its first month of sales in February and holds the pole position for 4 months, peaking at 22,135 sales in March and finishing the year #2 with 131,935 units (+114%).

Toyota Ractis

In 3rd place, the Honda Fit drops 16% at 125,894 units, it was #1 in December only. The fourth model to rank #1 this year doesn’t appear in the 2005 Top 30 because of its late launch: the Toyota Ractis racks up 9,861 sales (#2) for its first month in October, and takes the lead of Japanese sales in November at 11,673 units…

Nissan Note

The Nissan Tiida is #4 with 98,069 sales for its first full year, it was even #2 in January only 35 units below the Corolla! Other excellent performers this year include the Nissan Note, directly #5 for its first year at 93,925 units and peaking at #3 in February, and the new gen Honda StepWGN, #7 overall with 91,745 sales but #2 in June and August just below the Corolla.

You can check out every monthly Top 30 for 2005 here.

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

Next year: Japan 2006: New generation enables Corolla to keep the lead

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Honda StepWGN

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Switzerland 2005: Golf & Astra dominate, Octavia up 72%

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A couple of big changes in the best selling models ranking in Switzerland this year: below the invincible VW Golf, the Opel Astra jumps to #2 with 5,231 sales (+39%) followed by the stable Audi A4 and the Skoda Octavia, gaining 22 spots and 72% in 4th with 4,659 sales!

The VW Touran is very strong again in 5th with 4,640 sales, ahead of the BMW 3 Series and the Peugeot 206. Notice the Honda Jazz, best Japanese at #15 and the Mercedes A Class at #22 (+105%). Other new entrants in the Top 50 include the BMW 1 Series (#30), Hyundai Tucson (#36), Citroen C4 (#39) and Renault Modus (#45).

Previous year: Switzerland 2004: Golf, Audi A4 and Peugeot 307 on podium

Next year: Switzerland 2006: Golf leads, BMW 3 Series up to #2

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Poland 2005: Skoda Fabia back in pole position

Skoda Fabia

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Polish car sales hit a new low this year, down 24% on 2004 to 251,010 registrations. Interrupted last year by the Fiat Panda, the Skoda Fabia’s reign in Poland resumes in 2005 with the model selling 16,789 units for a 6.7% market share, albeit down 36% year-on-year. The Fiat Panda falls to #2 with 16,239 sales and 6.5%, down 48% and the Opel Astra rounds up the podium at 10,665 units and 4.2% share, down just 7%.

The rest of the Top 10 is totally reshuffled except for the Skoda Octavia holding on to its 4th position with 9,937 sales and 4%, down 17%. It is followed by the Ford Focus (-7%), Toyota Corolla (-21%), Toyota Yaris (-32%), Opel Corsa (-34%), Peugeot 206 (-41%) and Fiat Seicento (-56%). Notice also the Honda Civic up 6 spots to #13, the Citroen Berlingo up 8 ranks to #14 and VW Passat up 21 spots to #20.

Previous year: Poland 2004: Fiat Panda new best-seller

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