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Car sales in Italy are stable in 2009 at 2,157,791 units. The Fiat Punto is the best selling model in the country for the 16th year in a row, but God was it hard! Its sales grow by 16% to 182,741 units and 8.5% share, but in the meantime, the Fiat Panda continued its amazing career, improving its market share for the 6th year in a row at 8% thanks to 171,887 units, the highest ever volume in Italy for this generation.
The Fiat Panda reached its best-ever monthly market share (for this generation) in April and May at a massive 8.8%, after breaking the 8% barrier for the first time in February. Boosted by the new generation, the Ford Fiesta climbs back onto the podium with 106,260 sales and 4.9% share, peaking at 5.8% in November and relegating the Fiat 500 in 4th place at 3.7%.
The VW Golf is up 7 spots at #5 with 2.6%, ahead of the Opel Corsa, Lancia Ypsilon and Peugeot 207. The Nissan Qashqai reaches its best ever position in Italy in January at #7 with 2.2% while the Chevroet Matiz does so in May at #9. The Alfa Romeo Mi.To is the best selling new entrant in the Top 50 at #17 with 29,299 units and 1.4%, it holds a best-ever 11th position in April.
Other models reaching their best score this year in Italy include the Opel Agila, #9 in February, the Lancia Musa, #11 in July, the Hyundai i10, #13 in June and the new generation Lancia Delta, #18 in May
Previous year: Italy 2008: Fiat Punto and Panda fight it out, Fiat 500 #3
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