In the last couple of weeks we have traveled to Georgia (the country, not the state,) Myanmar, Bolivia and the entire world! The success of our exploration of the Top 100 best-selling models in the world last week made me think you might be interested in a similar type of article about Europe…
However, if the whole of Europe is too much for you to handle today, that’s fine because I have sales info for 160 countries for you to visit in my blog, all one by one. So don’t be shy and click away!
Back to your Grand Tour of Europe.
First a bit on the methodology, as ‘Europe’ is a vague geographic notion these days. This data was sourced on Automotive News and includes sales from the 27 European Union countries minus Bulgaria and Malta, plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
If you are not interested in Europe as a whole but in its individual countries, that’s OK too – just click here and look for your country on the right hand side.
Now that I’ve cleared that up, let’s get to it.
The VW Golf continues to be the best-selling car on the continent by far with 493,855 sales in 2011, it has now been on top of the European ranking every year since 2008…
The Ford Fiesta takes the 2nd spot at 372,977 units…
…just above the VW Polo at 371,454 sales.
The Opel Corsa ranks #4…
…followed by the Opel Astra, Ford Focus and Renault Clio.
The VW Passat is the big winner in the Top 10 at #10, up 10 spots and 43% on 2010.
Down 17% on last year, the Fiat Punto loses its spot in the Top 10 to #11, followed closely by the Nissan Qashqai at #12 with 216,970 sales. The Qashqai hasn’t stopped progressing in the European ranking since its original launch in 2007 and has managed to rank within the monthly European Top 10 a couple of times already, including in September 2011.
The Skoda Octavia is up 2 spots to #14 and climbed into the European Top 10 for the first time in January 2012. The Mercedes C-Class moved up 9 ranks to #16, it überholt its archenemy, the BMW 3 Series.
Europe 2011 Top 20 best-selling models
|16||Mercedes C Class||178,345||17%||151,848||25|
|17||BMW 3 Series||166,860||-11%||187,623||14|
Outside the Top 20, great performers include the BMW 5 Series, up 30% and 12 ranks to #24, the Dacia Duster landing directly at #26 with 141,961 units, and the Opel Meriva up 22% and 8 spots to #32. Notice the Nissan Juke up to #39 for its first full year of sales.
The DR Motor DR1 manufactured in Italy (in fact a rebadged Chery Riich G1) is once again the best-selling Chinese model in Europe but it has lost its spark at #259 with 1,886 units, down 40%.
Let’s conclude this article by observing that the Lamborghini Aventador sells its very first 63 units over the continent to rank #310.
You can see 2010′s Top 371 best-selling models in Europe here:
Now for the usual golden nugget: those who have read up to here, I thank you profusely but you must be wondering where the heck is the best-selling car in the world, the Toyota Corolla? Yes I have kept the suspense up till the end. Well. Fact is when the Corolla hatchback was renamed Auris for the European market for the launch of the 11th generation 2007, it took most of the sales as the Corolla sedan has never been a favourite in Europe… Result: the Corolla is only #129 in Europe with a bit over 26,000 sales! Pretty lame…
There. You are now an expert in all things European cars…
Till next week dear readers! Thanks for listening.
Source: Automotive News. I need to thank Tuga and Lancia Lover for sharing the data.
Note 1: The 2010 figures beyond the Top 50 are calculated based on the 2011/2010 variation in percentages, therefore the exact sales number for 2010 may be slightly different.
Note 2: The Top 318 list is incomplete and doesn’t account for absolutely all models sold in Europe in 2011. If you have sales data for any additional model in the whole of Europe please make sure to get in touch by commenting on here!
Note 3: This ranking includes sales from the 27 European Union countries minus Bulgaria and Malta, plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.