The compact car segment in Europe sees 5% fewer deliveries in 2019, as Europe’s #2 segment is down to 2.65 sales, or 16.9% of the total European car market, down from 18% in 2018. Europe’s best seller is obviously also still the segment leader, but the VW Golf is down 8% as the new generation will arrive in showrooms early 2020. The Ford Focus was new for 2019 and makes a 13% jump to leapfrog the Skoda Octavia and get back above 200,000 sales again. The Octavia is surprisingly stable considering it too will be renewed in 2020. The Peugeot 308 is down 8% and moves ahead of the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, down 14% as a minor facelift has done little to save the model from falling further. The Astra will have trouble staying ahead of the Seat Leon, Toyota Corolla and Renault Megane in 2020, as the Leon will be renewed, the Megane will get a facelift and an optional plug-in hybrid version and the Corolla has great momentum since its redesign, helped by the two hybrid versions and becoming the overall best selling model in Ireland, Latvia and Lithiania and taking overall 2nd place in Estonia, Finland and Poland.