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Japan 2001: Year 33 of the Toyota Corolla reign

* See the Top 30 best-selling models by clicking on the title! * In 2001 the Toyota Corolla clocks up another outstanding year at 236,507 sales, nearly 100,000 more than the #2 car, the Toyota Vitz (aka Yaris) at 142,513 units. The Honda Stream takes the 3rd spot with nearly…

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Sweden 2000-2001: Volvo and Saab dominate at home

Saab 9-5 * See the Top 30 best-selling models by clicking on 'Read more' at end of post! * After outstanding growth since 1996, the Swedish car market catches its breath over the period at -2% in 2000 with 290,529 registrations and -15% in 2001 at 246,581. The Volvo S/V/C70 stays…

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Brazil 2001: VW Gol and Fiat Palio dominate

Solid year for the traditional two Brazilian best-sellers: the VW Gol delivers 265,898 units, ahead of the Fiat Palio at 163,706 sales, the Fiat Uno at 114,539 sales and the Chevrolet Celta at 90,159 units. Quatro Rodas figures now split hatchback and sedans versions, which means the Chevrolet Corsa Sedan…

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China 1996-2001: VW Jetta challenges Santana domination

1991 Shanghai VW Jetta surrounded by two 1998 Shanghai VW Jettas The Santana, produced by joint-venture Shanghai VW, set up the ground work for Chinese motorisation up to the mid-nineties. The Jetta, the first model produced by VW's second joint venture partner FAW-Volkswagen, challenged this domination towards the mid-nineties. Complete knock down…

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France 2001: 206 leads with 211,000 sales

Peugeot 206 * See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! * With 2,254,733 units sold in 2001, the French market is up 6% and delivers its third best year ever behind 1990 and 1989. The Peugeot 206 takes the lead for the first time in the country…

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