2009 Full Year Best-Selling Car Makers & Brands in Europe

Volkswagen, Peugeot, and Ford were the top-selling motor manufacturing groups and car brands in Europe in 2009. The VW Golf was Europe’s favorite car model.

Volkswagen, Peugeot, and Ford were the top-selling motor manufacturing groups and car brands in Europe in 2009. The VW Golf was Europe's favorite car model.

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The Volkswagen Group increased its market share to remain Europe’s top automobile manufacturer in 2009. VW was followed by Peugeot, Ford, and Renault.  Volkswagen also easily maintained its position as the best-selling car brand or marque in Europe and was followed by Ford, Renault, Opel / Vauxhall, and Fiat. The European new car market weakened by 1.6% to 14,481,545 new passenger car registrations in 2009.

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2009 Full Year Best-Selling Car Models in Germany

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In 2009, the Volkswagen Golf was again Germany’s favorite car while the VW Polo was the second most popular new car. The Opel Corsa and Astra were also top sellers.

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The Volkswagen Golf easily remained Germany’s best-selling car in 2009. More new Golfs were registered in Germany in 2009 than the combined number of VW Polo, Opel Corsa, and Opel Astra cars that followed the Golf on the top-sellers list. The Volkswagen Golf has been Germany’s most popular car since 1981 and has been the best-selling car model in Europe for the past two years.

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2009 Full Year Best-Selling New Cars in Switzerland

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List of the Top 20 Most-Sold Auto Makes & Models on the Swiss Market

Volkswagen, Audi and Renault were the best-selling car brands in Switzerland in 2009. The VW Golf and Skoda Octavia were the Swiss favorite car models.

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Volkswagen remained Switzerland’s favorite car manufacturer in Switzerland in 2009. The VW Golf also maintained its traditional position as the best-selling car model in Switzerland. Skoda entered the list of the top ten best-selling cars in Switzerland in 2009 at the expense of Fiat.

In 2009, Switzerland’s new passenger vehicle registrations declined by  7.8% to 266,018 – a relatively small decline compared to other European markets, even though Switzerland offered no incentives to replace older cars.

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2009 Full Year List of Top 10 Best-Selling Cars in Japan

Most Popular Japanese Passenger Vehicle Brands and Cars

Toyota, Honda, and Nissan were the most popular car manufacturers and brands in Japan in 2009. The Prius and Fit were the best-selling car models in Japan in 2009.

Toyota, Honda, and Nissan were the most popular car manufacturers and brands in Japan in 2009. The Prius and Fit were the best-selling car models in Japan in 2009.

 

Toyota maintained its traditional position as the strongest motor vehicle manufacturer and top-selling car brand in Japan in 2009. The Toyota Prius hybrid car was Japan’s favorite car model in 2009 – it easily outsold last year’s best-selling car, the Honda Fit, which slipped to second-placed. In 2009, five of the top ten best-selling car models in Japan were Toyota cars. Hybrid cars, which thus far had little impact on car sales internationally, took around 10% of the Japanese new car market in 2009.

In 2009, 3,923,740 new passenger vehicles were recorded in Japan, v.s. 4,227,643 in 2008. The total motor vehicle market in Japan, including trucks and busses, was 4,609,255 vehicles in 2009 (5,082,235 in 2008).

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2008 Full Year Top Ten Best-Selling Cars in Britain

In 2008, the Ford Focus topped the list of best-selling car models in the United Kingdom while the Vauxhall Corsa was the second most registered new passenger vehicle in Britain. The list of top ten best-selling cars in 2008 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) was led by the Ford … Read more

2008 Full Year Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in Britain

New passenger vehicle registration statistics in the UK show the car market falling by 11% in 2008. Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, and Peugeot were the best-selling car brands in Britain. 2008 was a very weak year for the motor industry in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). Statistics released by the SMMT … Read more

2008 Full Year Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in Germany

Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW were the best-selling car manufacturers in Germany with the most passenger vehicles sold in 2008. The VW Golf remained Germany’s favorite car. The best-selling car manufacturer in Germany in 2008 was again Volkswagen (VW) with a 20% share of the German passenger vehicle market. Mercedes-Benz sold the second largest number of … Read more

2008 Full Year Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in Europe (EU & EFTA)

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In 2008, the VW Group was the top car manufacturer with the highest number of new passenger vehicles registered in Europe. Volkswagen was followed by PSA, Ford, GM, and Renault.

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In 2008, the VW Group (Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda) easily held on to its traditional position as top-selling car manufacturer in Europe (European Union and European Free Trade Association countries). Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) maintained its second place while the Ford Group (Ford and Volvo) pulled ahead of the GM Group (Opel/Vauxhall, Chevrolet, and Saab) to become the third strongest seller of passenger vehicles in Europe in 2008.

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2008 Full Year Best-Selling Car Brands in Europe

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In 2008, Volkswagen was again the best-selling car brand in Europe (EU & EFTA). VW was followed by Ford, Opel/Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot, Fiat, and Citroen. Volkswagen easily maintained its position as best-selling motor vehicle brand or marque in Europe during 2008. In contrast to most other car brands, Volkswagen increased its market share despite weaker … Read more

2007 (Full Year) Germany: Best-Selling Car Brands and Models

The VW Golf and Passat were the best-selling passenger cars in Germany in 2007 while Volkswagen and Mercedes were the leading automobile brands. The German car market, Europe’s largest, shrunk by 9.2% during 2007 to 3,148,163 new passenger vehicle registrations. The Volkswagen Golf easily maintained its position as Germany’s favorite car while Volkswagen also remained … Read more