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Austria Full Year 2016: VW Golf celebrates 40 consecutive years at #1

VW Golf Austria 2016. Picture courtesy autobild.deThe VW Golf has been the best-selling vehicle in Austria for 40 straight years. 

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After a weak 1.7% improvement in 2015, the Austrian new car market does much better in 2016 at +6.8% to 329.604 registrations. Volkswagen remains totally in control of the brands ranking, even widening the gap with its immediate followers at +6% to 17.2% share vs. +3% to 6.8% at Opel and -0.4% to 6.4% at Skoda. Just below on the other hand, Audi (+15%), Ford (+12%), BMW (+16%) and Renault (+16%) markedly outpace the market’s growth to post improved shares. Hyundai tumbles down 20%, ahead of Mercedes (+21%), Seat (+15%) and Fiat (+20%). Among smaller volume brands, Land Rover (+18%), Honda (+35%), Alfa Romeo (+36%), Lexus (+41%), Tesla (+46%), Bentley (+54%), Lada (+55%), Maserati (+73%), Ssangyong (+75%), Infiniti (+133%) and Jaguar (+155%) make themselves noticed.

VW Tiguan Austria 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe VW Tiguan is back on the Austrian podium for the first time since 2013. 

In the models ranking, the VW Golf celebrates a pretty impressive milestone: 40 consecutive years in pole position! It does so without batting an eyelid: sales may be down 11% but at 15.777 units it is still almost double the score of the #2, the Skoda Octavia up 8% to 8.693. Boosted by the new generation, the VW Tiguan soars 35% to land on the podium for the first time since 2013 at #3, overtaking the VW Polo (-1%) and Skoda Fabia (-8%). Also lifted by new models, the Opel Astra (+28%), VW Bus (+24%), Hyundai Tucson (+184%), Audi A4 (+70%) and VW Touran (+48%) make large headways into the ranking. In fact, the Volkswagen Group manages to place an incredible 10 nameplates inside the Austrian Top 12. Other great performers in Austria this year include the BMW X1 up 216% to #20, the Ford Galaxy up 62% to #24, Renault Captur up 31% to #27, Renault Kadjar up 161% to #42 and Skoda Superb up 111% to #43.

Previous month: Austria November 2016: Mercedes up 52%, VW places 6 in Top 8

Previous year: Austria Full Year 2015: Volkswagen & Opel on top, Passat & Astra up

Two years ago: Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

Full Year 2016 Top 55 All-brands and Top 385 All-models below.

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