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Italy 2007: Fiat Punto & Panda lead, Bravo & 500 arrive

Fiat Grande Punto

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Italian car sales reach their record level in 2007 at 2,510,837 registrations, up 8% year-on-year. The Fiat Punto/Grande Punto leads the way again at 224,722 sales and 9%, however a Bestsellingcars estimated split puts the Grande Punto #2 overall with 166,840 units and 6.6% (stable year-on-year) and the Punto at 56,275 units and 2.2% (-10%).

Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda keeps getting better year after year at +14% and 169,130 sales or 6.7% share. It delivers its best ever figures in March with 20,593 units and an impressive 7.9% market share. Bestsellingcars estimates even put the Panda #1 ahead of the Grande Punto for 6 months out of 12.

Fiat Bravo

Two major launches for Fiat this year: the Fiat Bravo replaces the Stilo and shines in its first few months, reaching what would end up being its best month ever as early as April in 5th place with 5,394 sales and 2.6%. It slows down straight after and finishes the year at #14 with 40,644 units and 1.6%.

Fiat 500

The all new Fiat 500 has more luck: launched in July, it lands on the podium at its 3rd month of sales in September at #3 and peaks at 8.666 sales and 4.2% in October. It is #17 overall with 33,250 sales.

Third year in a row in 3rd position for the Ford Fiesta, improving its sales by 22% year-on-year at 94,220 units and 3.8%. It is stuck to #3 all year before the arrival of the Fiat 500. The Toyota Yaris stays #4, up 12% at 2.9% share, peaking at a fantastic 2nd spot and 5.5% in December. Thanks to the new generation now at full speed, the Opel Corsa is up 8 spots and 92% to #5 with 70,795 sales.

New entrant in the Top 10, the Peugeot 207 is #8 for its first full year of sales at 53,802 units. A few models reached their best position ever in Italy this year, including the BMW 3 Series breaking into the Top 10 for the first time at #10 in September and December, the Smart Fortwo at #11 in December and the Alfa Romeo 159 at #14 in March and June.

Previous year: Italy 2006: Fiat Punto close to 10%, Fiat Panda at 6.4%

Next year: Italy 2008: Fiat Punto and Panda fight it out, Fiat 500 #3

Full Year Top 50 and every Monthly Top 30 Ranking Tables below.

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Russia 2007: Lada 2104-7 ahead of Samara

Lada 2105

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The Russian car market has doubled in size in two years to reach 2,344,785 units in 2007, and the Lada 2104-7 stays in pole position with 208,472 sales and 8.9% of the market. The Lada Samara is #2 with 187,643 sales and 8%, followed by the Lada 110 at 122,530 units and 5.2% (-29%).

All other models are under 4% share: the Ford Focus is the best selling foreign model at 90,396 sales (3.9%), whereas the Lada Kalina lands in 5th position with 78,550 units (3.3%). Excellent performance of the Renault Logan, 6th at 67,844 sales and 2.9%. The new Lada Priora comes in at #8 with 57,823 sales.

Chery Amulet

Chinese cars are starting to make their mark in Russia, led by the Chery Amulet (aka Cowin), based on the first generation Seat Toledo, ranking #32 with 17,719 sales (+106%). The Chery Tiggo is #46 at 11,067 units, the Chery Fora (aka A5) 62nd at 6,995 sales and the Geely Otaka (aka CK) is #100 (3,721 units).

When luxury is involved, bigger is better in Russia: the S Class is the best selling Mercedes at 3,840 sales (#98, +58%), the Infiniti FX is #105 (3,355 units, +478%) and the Cayenne is by far the most popular Porsche with 2,025 sales (+72%, #137).

Previous year: Russia 2006: Lada 2104-7 back on top, Ford Focus #4

Next year: Russia 2008: Lada 2104-7 keeps the lead, Priora on podium

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Luxembourg 2006-2007: Renault Clio new best-seller

Renault Clio

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In 2006, the arrival of the third generation boosts sales of the Renault Clio by 131% and shoot it up to the top of the Luxembourg models ranking this year with 2,383 sales, up 8 ranks on 2005. The VW Golf, never far off the #1 spot, is down to #2 despite seeing its sales grow by 8% to 2,304 units. The BMW 3 Series, up 2 spots on 2005, rounds up the podium with 1,558 sales, up 27%.

Volkswagen counter balances the Golf deception by delivering excellent sales for its other two star models: the Polo is up 4 ranks and 20% to #4 and 1,321 units while the Passat breaks into the Top 10, up 87% to #5 and 1,266 sales. The Renault Scenic (-23%), Audi A3 (+6%) and A4 (-12%) follow.

In 2007 the podium stays unchanged with the Clio (-19%), Golf (-17%) and 3 Series (+12%) still on top, ahead of the Peugeot 207 up 164% for its first full year of sales, the Renault Scenic (-2%) and VW Polo (-9%).

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Iceland 2006-2007: Toyota Yaris reigns

Toyota Yaris in Iceland, August 2008

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After hitting its record year in 2005, the Icelandic new car market stays at extremely high levels the two following years with 20,198 registrations clocked up in 2006 (-3%) and 19,316 in 2007 (-4%). Like in 2005, the Toyota Yaris is the best-seller in Iceland both years, and breaks the record of annual sales for a single mode in the country, totalling 1,202 units for an excellent 6% market share in 2006. In fact, like in 2004 and 2005, Toyota places 5 models in the Top 6 in 2006 and 4 in the Top 5 in 2007…

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Corolla, #1 in 2004, ranks #2 in 2006 and #4 in 2007, passed by the Skoda Octavia up to an outstanding 2nd place in 2007 with 833 sales and 4.3%. The Toyota Land Cruiser 120 stays strong over the period: #4 at 3.9% in 2006 and #3 at 3.3% in 2007. Extraordinary year for the Toyota Hilux in 2007: it is up 18 ranks and 116% year-on-year to land in 5th place with 510 sales and 2.6%. The Honda CR-V is also in great shape, up to #9 in 2006 and #6 in 2007.

While the Toyota RAV4 and Avensis are on a slippery (downward) slope, the Subaru Legacy resists: it ranks #8 in 2006 and #7 in 2007, while the Kia Sorento manages to hold the last spot in the Icelandic Top 10 in 2006 before falling to #13 the following year and the Toyota Auris, replacing the Corolla hatchback, lands directly in a shiny 8th position in 2007 with 454 sales. The Hyundai Santa Fe, up to a promising #7 in 2006, is back down to #18 in 2007.

Previous post: Iceland 2004-2005: Toyota places 5 models in Top 6, Corolla and Yaris #1

Next post: Iceland 6 months 2008: Toyota Yaris and Land Cruiser dominate

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Estonia 2007: Honda CR-V and Civic new best-sellers

Honda CR-V

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Complete reshuffle of the models ranking this year in Estonia with Honda having the time of its life! The Honda CR-V is the new best-selling model in the country thanks to 1,479 sales, up 175% on 2007, Estonia possibly being the only country in the world where the CR-V is #1 overall. It is followed by the Honda Civic at 1,069 units, up 31%.

The Toyota Corolla, #1 the two previous years, falls to #3 with sales down 22% at 1,024 units. The Mazda6 is #4 and up 23%, ahead of the Toyota Avensis (+15%), Citroen Berlingo (+60%) and Ford Focus (-4%).

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Malaysia 2006-2007: Perodua Myvi takes control of the market

Perodua Myvi

Launched in 2005 to immediate success, the Perodua Myvi takes the pole position in the Malaysian car sales ranking in 2006 and comfortably keeps its title in 2007, reaching market shares of above 17%…

Below, the ranking is pretty unstable: it sees the Perodua Kancil take the 2nd spot in May 2006 at 8.4% followed by the Proton Wira at 5.8% and the Proton Waja at 5%, whereas over the first 10 months of 2007 the Proton Iswara climbs back to #2 with 9% of the market, followed by the new Perodua Viva at 8.6% (but 13.3% in October!) and the Toyota Avanza at 5%.

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Toyota Avanza in Malaka, Malaysia

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Germany 2007: New Mercedes C Class and Opel Corsa up

VW Golf

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Car sales are down 9% this year in Germany at 3,148,163 registrations. The VW Golf continues to wobble its way along, stuck at 4.8% share and a second lowest-ever 150,133 units over the full year, up just 1%. The podium stays unchanged with the VW Passat at #2 with 105,308 sales and 3.3%, peaking at 4.1% in February, and the BMW 3 Series at #3 with 100,559 sales and 3.2% and a high of 3.8% in April and September. The Audi A4 (#4) and Opel Astra (#5) exchange positions vs. last year.

Opel Corsa

Two models have seen their ranking improve drastically this year thanks to new generations: the Opel Corsa is up 9 spots to #6 with 79,098 sales (+30%) and reaches a best-ever 2nd place in December with 8,582 sales and 3.5%. The Mercedes C Class, relaunched in the Spring, is up 7 ranks to #7 at 78,254 units (+25%) and reaching #2 in August at 3.3%.

Mercedes C Class

Another good performer this year is the BMW 1 Series: up 3 spots overall to #16, it delivers its best-ever month in Germany in November at an amazing #4 with 7,370 sales and 2.6%, improving its share further to 2.7% in December (but #7). Below the Skoda Fabia (#19) and Octavia (#21), the Peugeot 207 breaks into the foreign models podium at #22 with 44,243 sales and 1.4% share. It reaches a best-ever #15 in October (1.7%).

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Czech Rep 2007: Fabia/Octavia/Roomster: podium 100% Skoda

Skoda Fabia

Skoda Roomster

In a Czech market up 7% at 132,432 registrations, Skoda monopolises the podium for the first time since the Eastern European countries opened to competition. The Skoda Fabia is the best seller for 8th consecutive year at 27,611 sales (-16%), however its market share drops 6 points to 20.8% in spite of the Phase 2 launch during the year.

The Skoda Octavia is up 2% at 14,971 sales, its market share slightly down at 11.3%. For its first full year of sales, the Skoda Roomster moves 4,488 units for a brilliant 3.4% share at #3. Big surprise on top of the imports: the Ford Fusion grows 234% year-on-year to reach 2,835 sales, and at 2.1% it’s the only foreign model to grab more than 2% share this year. Notice the arrival of the Kia Cee’d, produced in neighbouring Slovakia, in 10th place at 1,949 sales (1.5%).

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Ford Fusion

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Austria 2006-2007: Golf, Passat and Polo on podium

VW Passat

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Austrian car sales stay stable over the period at 308,594 registrations in 2006 (+0.2%) and 298,192 in 2007 (-3%). Volkswagen monopolises the podium with the VW Golf #1 both years at 3.7% share in 2006 and 4.5% in 2007. It was #1 8 months out of 12 in 2006 and every month in 2007.

The VW Passat, boosted by the new generation launched in late 2005, grabs the 2nd spot in 2006 at 3.1% share (it was #1 in January 06) to then drop back to 3rd in 2007 at 2.7%. The VW Polo is #3 in 2006 at 2.9%, holding the top spot in August and October, and #2 in 2007 at 3%.

Below, the Skoda Fabia is #4 both years, even managing to lead the market in July 06, followed by the Opel Astra in 2006 then the Skoda Octavia in 2007. Notice the 10th spot of the Fiat Punto in 2006, helped by the new Grande Punto, and the arrival of the Peugeot 207 at #7 in 2007. Mazda places 4 models in the Top 25 in 2007: the Mazda 5 (#19), 3 (#23), 6 (#24) and 2 (#25)…

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Slovakia 2007: Fabia & Octavia on top, Swift & Cee’d shine

Slovak car sales are up 1% in 2007 at 59,700 registrations. There are no surprises on top with the two star Skoda models leading the pack. However their combined market share goes down to 20.2% from 27.4% in 2006. The Skoda Fabia, in spite of the launch of the Phase 2, is down 29% at 8,368 sales and 14% share, including 2,039 Phase 2.

The Skoda Octavia is down 15% at 3,715 sales and 6.2%, ahead of the Suzuki Swift, up 6 spots and 108% at 2,436 sales and 4.1% of the Slovak market. The Kia Cee’d, produced in the country and by far the best-performing new car this year, is #4 with 1,812 units sold and 3%. In spite of a 22% progression, the Citroen C3 is down one spot in #5. Notice the 1998 Peugeot 206 still ahead of the 2006 Peugeot 207 at #6 vs. #9.

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