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Spain: 1973-2018 Historical Data now available

The Seat Ibiza topped the Spanish charts ten times between 1987 and 2013.

* The direct links to the 40 Spain Historical posts are below! *

Thanks to Alberto from La Tribuna de Automoción who shared 1997 and 1999-2004 data, I can now share with you the #1 model in Spain for each of the last 45 years all the way back to 1973 with no interruption. Also, thanks to Ricardo the years 1978 and 1979 have now been corrected with the Seat 127 still in the lead, and many thanks as well to René for your help. As always if you have access to more detailed data please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article.

The Renault 7, a Renault 5 Sedan, was sold exclusively in Spain from 1974 to 1984

The Seat Ibiza first ranked #1 at home in 1987.

Follow the reign of the Seat 127, the first model to sell over 100,000 annual units in the country, still holding the annual Spanish record at 125,066 sales in 1974, Renault monopolising the Spanish pole position for 6 consecutive years between 1981 and 1986 with the 5, 9 and 11, Opel placing the Kadett at #1 in 1988 and the Astra on top in 1993

The Renault 11 held almost 14% of the Spanish car market in 1985.

…the Seat Ibiza jumping into pole position at home for the first time in 1987 and repeating this feat 9 times since: in 1996, 1997, 20032006, 2009, 2010, 20112012 and 2013. Renault continued to dominate the ranking for a long time, with the Renault 19 #1 in 1989, 1990 and 1991, the Renault Clio in 1992 and the Renault Megane in 1998, 2004 and 2005… Finally, the Seat Leon snapped the annual crown in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since.

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Spain 1973: Seat places 4 models in Top 4, 127 leads

Spain 1974-1977: Seat 127 reaches record levels

Spain 1978-1979: Seat 127 and Ford Fiesta lead the way

Spain 1980: Ford Fiesta, Renault 5 and Seat Ritmo on top

Spain 1981-1982: Renault 5 reigns

Spain 1983: Renault 9 most popular model

Spain 1984: Renault 11 takes the lead

Spain 1985: Renault 11 distant leader

Spain 1986: Renault 11 still on top

Spain 1987: Seat Ibiza in pole position for the first time!

Spain 1988: Opel Kadett tops the ranking

Spain 1989: Renault 19 takes the lead

Spain 1990-1991: Renault 19 stays on top, Renault Clio arrives

Spain 1992: Renault Clio passes Renault 19, Citroen ZX on podium

Spain 1993: Opel Astra new best-seller

Spain 1994: Ford Escort takes the lead

Spain 1995: Ford Escort still on top

Spain 1996: Seat Ibiza in pole position for the second time

Spain 1997: Seat Ibiza in the lead again

Spain 1998: Renault Megane clear leader, Seat Ibiza #2

Spain 1999: Citroen Xsara takes the lead

Spain 2000: Citroen Xsara and Seat Ibiza dominate

Spain 2001: Peugeot 206 new leader

Spain 2002: Ford Focus most popular

Spain 2003: Seat Ibiza and Ford Focus on top

Spain 2004: Renault Megane back on top

Spain 2005: Renault Megane leads, Citroen C4 arrives

Spain 2006: Seat Ibiza #1 in record market

Spain 2007: Ford Focus takes the lead

Spain 2008: Ford Focus and Seat Ibiza fight it out

Spain 2009: Seat Ibiza best-seller for the 6th time

Spain 2010: Seat Ibiza leads again ahead of Nissan Qashqai

Spain 2011: Seat Ibiza #1 for the 8th time in lowest market in 18 years

Spain 2012: Seat Ibiza and Nissan Qashqai resist in worst year since the eighties

Spain 2013: Seat Ibiza marks 10 years in the lead

Spain 2014: First ever year of reign for Seat Leon

Spain 2015: Second year of reign for the Seat Leon

Spain 2016: Renault, Seat Leon win in market pushed by rentals

Spain 2017: Seat Leon wins 4th straight crown in largest market in a decade

Spain 2018: Seat reclaims brand lead for first time since 2011, Leon still #1

This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. When I was a teenager every year I passed my holidays in Spain, in Marbella near the sea with my parents. We had a flat there with sea view. I remembered the majority of cars passing: Fords Fiesta, Escort, Taunus, Granada, Seats 124, 127, 131, 132, Ibiza, Renaults 14, Super5, 11, 9… imported cars were quite expensive in the 80´s but I saw good ones like Jaguars, Porsches and Ferraris in that location.

  2. Once as a kid i went on holidays in Spain and i remember seeing the Renault 7 for the first time and thinking: “What the hell…that Renault 5 has grown a hunchback!”

    1. Kimmi – I had exactly the same experience!!! I couldn’t believe that there was a French car I didn’t know about and that wasn’t even sold in France! 🙂
      Thanks for sharing.

  3. mmm I´ll try to find it. I had a lot of old car magazines, but I don´t know where, maybe lots of them are in trash now, some of them still in my room of my parents´house…

    I f I find something i will tello you.

    Well, don´t need to say i´m from Spain!

    1. Hi Tiri,
      Thanks very much for this! Would you have official data so i can amend my articles?

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