Full-year 2010 car sales statistics show the Volkswagen Golf as Europe’s favorite car. The Golf was followed on the best-selling list by the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo.
The Volkswagen Golf remained the most popular car in Europe during 2010. The VW Golf easily outsold the Ford Fiesta while the new Volkswagen Polo sold very well to claim the third spot on the list of most-registered new passenger vehicles in Europe in 2010.
Full-year 2010 car sales statistics by the ACEA show that the European car market in 2010 contracted by 4.9% to 13,785,698 new passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union and EFTA. Volkswagen was easily the largest car brand in Europe in 2010 while the Volkswagen Group remained the strongest car manufacturer in Europe. According to JATO calculations, the best-selling car models in Europe in 2010 were the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, and VW Polo.
Volkswagen Golf – Europe’s Favorite Car in 2010
The Volkswagen Golf was again easily the most popular car in Europe in 2010. Although Volkswagen Golf sales were down around a third in Germany, the VW Golf remained popular throughout Europe in 2010. The VW Golf also easily stayed at the top of the list of the most-sold cars in the German market in 2010.
Volkswagen sold 492,556 Golfs in Europe in 2010 – a decline of 13.7% from the 571,075 Golfs VW sold in Europe in 2009.
Ford Fiesta – Second Best-Selling Car in Europe in 2010
The Ford Fiesta was again the second most-sold car in Europe in 2010. The Fiesta enjoyed strong sales during the first part of the year but the end of car scrapping schemes in the UK and Italy meant that Fiesta sales were very weak during the last months of 2010. Fiesta sales in December alone were down by a third. The Ford Fiesta remained the top-selling car in the United Kingdom during 2010.
Ford sold 402, 207 Fiestas in Europe in 2010 – a decline of 14.8& from 2009.
Volkswagen Polo – Third Best-Selling Car in Europe in 2010
The new Volkswagen Polo was very well received throughout Europe and even made it to sixth place on the list of best-selling cars in Britain in 2010. Polo sales improved by more than a quarter to make the Polo the best improver amongst the top ten most sold car models in Europe in 2010.
Volkswagen sold 354,068 Polos in Europe in 2010 – an increase of 25.1% from the 2009 figures. The Polo improved its ranking from ninth in 2009 and 2008 to third in 2010.
Renault Clio – Fourth Most-Sold Car in Europe in 2010
Renault had a strong year in Europe in 2010 with the Renault Clio being the fourth most-popular car in Europe. In 2009, the Clio was only the sixth most-sold car in Europe.
Renault sold 338,245 Clios in Europe in 2010 – an increase of 8% from 2009.
Opel / Vauxhall Corsa – Fifth Top-Selling Car in Europe in 2010
Opel / Vauxhall Corsa sales have suffered in Europe in part due to concern over the future of the company as well as due to strong competition from newer models by VW and Renault.
The Opel / Vauxhall Corsa was Europe’s fourth most popular car in both 2008 and 2009 but slipped down the list to fifth for 2010.
Opel / Vauxhall sold 317,950 Corsas in Europe in 2010 – a decline of 9.6% from 2009.
Peugeot 207 – Sixth Most-Sold Car in Europe in 2010
French carmaker Peugeot also saw sales of the 207 slipping.
The Peugeot 207 was the second most-popular car in Europe in 2008 and the third most-sold car in Europe in 2009.
In 2010, sales of the Peugeot 207 slipped by 16.9% to 305,468 cars sold in Europe.
Opel / Vauxhall Astra – Seventh Most Popular Car in Europe in 2010
Opel (Vauxhall in the British market) had a few difficult years in Europe with the Astra slipping to tenth place in 2009. In 2010, the Astra recovered sales to reclaim seventh place – the same place it held in 2008.
Opel / Vauxhall Astra sales in 2010 amounted to 291,219 cars sold – a useful increase of 5.6% in a contracting market.
Ford Focus – Eighth Most Popular Car in Europe in 2010
The Ford Focus has been struggling in the European market for the past two years. In 2008, the Ford Focus was the third most popular car in Europe but in 2009, the Focus slipped to seventh place overall.
The Ford Focus struggles especially during the latter part of the year due to weakness in the British car market where the Focus remained the third most popular car model.
In December 2010, the Ford Focus failed to make it into the top-ten list in Europe. Full-year sales of the Ford Focus are estimated to be around 262,000 cars – a decline of over 15% from 2009.
Renault Mégane – Ninth Best-Selling Car in Europe in 2010
Renault had a very good year in Europe in 2010 with an increase in overall sales of 4.6% in a contracting market.
The mid-size Renault Mégane joined the smaller Renault Clio as the second model of the French car maker on the list of top ten best-selling car models in Europe in 2010.
Renault sold 260,542 Méganes in Europe in 2010 – an increase of 12.8% from the figure in 2009.
Fiat Punto – Tenth Most-Sold Car in Europe in 2010
The Fiat Punto was one of the main beneficiaries of the car scrapping schemes in Germany and Italy in 2009 when the Punto was the fifth most-popular car in Europe.
However, sales dropped by 20.5% in 2010 to make the Fiat Punto the worst year-on-year performer of the top ten most-sold cars in Europe in 2010.
In 2010, Fiat sold 257,645 Puntos to claim the final spot on the top-ten list of best-selling cars in Europe.
Citroen C3 – Missing Out on the Top-Ten List of Most-Sold Cars in Europe 2010
The Citroen C3 performed very well in Europe in 2010 with sales increasing by a whopping 34.4%. However, that still insufficient for the top ten list of most-sold cars in Europe in 2010.
Citroen sold 224,953 C3 cars in Europe in 2010.
List of the Top 10 Best-Selling Cars in Europe in 2010
The top ten best-selling cars in Europe in 2010 according to JATO calculations were:
|Car Make& Model||Total Sales 2010||Sales 2009||% Change from 2009|
|1. Volkswagen Golf||492,556||571,075||-13.7|
|2. Ford Fiesta||402,207||472,158||-14.8|
|3. Volkswagen Polo||354,068||283,069||+25.1|
|4. Renault Clio||338,245||313,102||+8.0|
|5. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa||317,950||351,858||-9.6|
|6. Peugeot 207||305,468||367,474||-16.9|
|7. Opel / Vauxhall Astra||291,219||275,906||+5.6|
|8. Ford Focus||Est. 262,000||309,134||Est. -15%|
|9. Renault Mégane||260,542||231,015||+12.8|
|10. Fiat Punto||257,645||324,125||-20.5|
|11. Citroen C3||224,953||167,000||+34.4|