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The new car market in Austria is back in positive in March, up 6% year-on-year to 37,933 registrations and bringing the year-to-date total to 88,764 units, up 1% on 2011. Volkswagen unsurprisingly monopolises the Top 2 spots with the Golf #1 for the 25th consecutive time with 1,456 sales and 3.8% followed by the Polo at 1,321 units and 3.5%. The Skoda Fabia is back to its traditional form after dropping to #17 in February and rounds up the podium this month with 1,010 sales and 2.7%.
The VW Tiguan stays extremely solid at #4 and 795 units, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai up 3 spots on February to #5 and now #8 year-to-date vs. #27 over the Full Year 2011! The other shining star in the Austrian Top 10 in March is without contest the Opel Zafira: thanks to the new generation now in dealerships it is up 16 ranks on last month to #7 with 760 sales and 2% share, the nameplate’s first time in the Top 10 in over 2 years.
Other great performers this month include the Hyundai ix35 (#18) and Citroen C4 Picasso (#19) maintaining themselves within the Top 20 whereas their 2011 levels were #35 and #28 respectively, the Audi Q3 reaching its highest ranking in the world at #27 and 1% share and the VW Up! is back up to #30 after slipping out of the Top 50 last month.
Previous month: Austria February 2012: New Fiat Panda an instant hit
One year ago: Austria March 2011: Opel Astra and Ford Focus up
Full March 2012 Top 50 Ranking Table below.