2011 (Full Year) Best-Selling Car Models in Switzerland

The Volkswagen Golf was the most popular car in Switzerland in 2011. The Skoda Octavia and VW Polo were also best-selling car models.

White and Red VW Golf GTis
© Volkswagen Media Services

In 2011, the Volkswagen Golf maintained its traditional position at the top of the list of best-selling cars in Switzerland. As in 2010, the other top sellers were the Skoda Octavia, VW Polo and Opel Astra. Six of the top-ten list of most popular car models in Switzerland in 2011 were from the Volkswagen group.

The Swiss car market grew in 2011 to 318,958 (+8.4%) new passenger vehicle registrations.

Top 30 Best-Selling Car Models in Switzerland in 2011

Car sales statistics released by Auto Schweiz on January 6, 2012 list the following cars as the most popular models sold in Switzerland in 2011:

Make Model Cars Sold in 2011
1 VW Golf 12,708
2 Skoda Octavia 9,297
3 VW Polo 7,584
4 Opel Astra 5,191
5 VW Passat 5,086
6 Peugeot 207 4,789
7 Ford Fiesta 4,439
8 Renault Clio 4,406
9 Audi A4/S4/RS4 4,379
10 VW Touran 4,378
11 Renault Mégane 3,994
12 Skoda Fabia 3,916
13 Ford Kuga 3,787
14 Audi A3/S3/RS3 3,777
15 Ford Focus 3,772
16 Seat Ibiza 3,630
17 VW Tiguan 3,523
18 Honda Jazz 3,448
19 Suzuki Swift 3,436
20 BMW 3 Series 3,329
21 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3,317
22 Opel Corsa 3,311
23 BMW 1 Series 3,265
24 BMW 5 Series 3,193
25 Nissan Qashqai 3,042
26 Renault Scénic 3,026
27 Toyota Yaris 2,852
28 BMW X1 2,838
29 Fiat Punto 2,822
30 Volvo XC60 2,766

Source: Auto Schweiz

List of the Top Ten Best-Selling Cars In Switzerland in 2011

There were no changes in the order of the top four most popular cars in Switzerland in 2011 compared to a year before. The Volkswagen Golf easily maintained its now traditional top position as Switzerland’s favorite car for the 36th consecutive year. The Skoda Octavia – built on a similar platform as the Golf – was again second, while the VW Polo was again the third most popular car in Switzerland. The Opel Astra was again the fourth best-selling car in Switzerland.

The rest of the top ten best-sellers list changed significantly from last year. The VW Passat took fifth position (up from 12th last year) following a model update early in the year. Last year’s fifth place car, the Audi A4 slipped to ninth although the actual number of cars sold was only slightly less than in 2010.

The Peugeot 207 improved from ninth last year while the Ford Fiesta improved one place. The Renault Clio was only the 13th best-selling car in Switzerland in 2010 while last year’s number seven, the Renault Megane dropped to eleventh.

The aging VW Touran had a slight update and managed to improve from 19th on the 2010 list to the tenth best-selling car in Switzerland in 2011.

The Volkswagen Group (mainly Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat) were again strongly represented amongst the top-selling car models in Switzerland. Of the top ten most popular car models in Switzerland in 2011, six were from the Volkswagen group, as were ten of the top twenty best-selling car models.

Volkswagen was also the most popular car brand in Switzerland in 2011.

About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.