Volkswagen was Europe’s top-selling car brand 2007, according to JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive data and intelligence. The overall European car market grew by 0.8% (or 118,322 units) over the previous year.
Volkswagen’s market-leading performance saw the German manufacturer sell 1,607,750 units during 2007, ahead of Opel/Vauxhall (up 0.1% at 1,323,076 units) and with Ford (up 1.1% at 1,287,182 units) rounding off the top three. Renault and Peugeot complete the top five places in a running order for the year.
Fiat enjoyed a successful 2007 in Europe, having increased its sales to a total of 964,116 units. This strong performance equates to a 7.7% improvement on 2006, which in growth terms makes the company the most successful of the top ten brands. The success is largely due to a number of new model launches including the Bravo, 500, Sedici, Linea and Scudo. Further down the chart, Honda successfully increased its volumes by 11.8% while MINI volumes grew by 26.8% due to the introduction of its second-generation hatchback and the new Clubman.
The most staggering level of growth was achieved by the Romanian Dacia brand, which increased its sales by 85.9% in 2007, thanks to the performance of the Logan model.
The Peugeot 207 was Europe’s top-selling new car in 2007 with 437,505 units sold (up 105%). The Volkswagen Golf clinched second spot with 435,055 units sold (up 4.5%) and the Ford Focus rounds off the top three places with 406,557 units sold. The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (402,173 units, up 41.7%, new model), Opel/Vauxhall Astra (402,044 units), Renault Clio (382,041 units), Fiat Punto (377,989 units), Ford Fiesta (355,933 units, up 0.6%), Volkswagen Passat (300,566 units) and BMW 3-Series (295,312 units, up 2.0%) all complete the top ten placings. (Galway Independent)