As predicted last year, market leader Volkswagen Golf drops below half a million sales in 2016, under increased pressure from the Opel/Vauxhall Astra (+29,8% in 6th place) and Renault Megane (+20,4% in 25th place but in the December top-7). The Ford Fiesta loses the second place it held in 6 of the last 7 years as it prepares for a new generation. That means the Renault Clio is the new #2 and the Volkswagen Polo is the second VW on the podium. The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208 make it five subcompact cars in the top-7. The Nissan Qashqai celebrates a 7th consecutive year of 200.000+ sales and the 9th year as Europe’s best selling crossover/SUV. It is however being challenged for that title by both the Renault Captur, entering the top-10 for the first time, and the Volkswagen Tiguan, up 20% to #18 but in the top-10 for the last 5 months of the year. The Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat drop out of the top-10. Even though it’s by no means the freshest model in its segment, the Toyota Yaris has enjoyed 3 years of stable growth and moves back up one more place into 14th. After being outsold by its sibling Fiat 500 for 3 years, the Fiat Panda hits back to enter the top-15 again.
The Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva double up on their introduction year and jump to 90th place, ahead of the Adam (#95). The Mazda CX-3 also more than doubles up and enters the top-100. The Mini Clubman grows more than fivefold and jumps almost 100 places to land at #128, and the Honda HR-V quadruples and jumps 80 places into 133th place. The Mercedes-Benz GLE more than doubles up in 139th place, and the new generation Toyota Prius helps the model recover to 172nd place. The Ford Mustang (#180) almost beats the Porsche 911, but misses by 350 units and 2 places. Now that it’s become available in a greater number of markets, the Citroën C-Elysee more than doubles up to take 185th place. The all-new BMW 7-series (#190) is less than 10 places behind its rival Mercedes-Benz S-Class (#182), but keep in mind the latter includes sales of the Coupe and Convertible models, so in pure sedan sales, the “7” is the best selling limousine in Europe.
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