You would think that after some 40 years and 7 generations, Volkswagen’s Golf might have lost its “modjo”, but according to market researcher JATO Dynamics it’s not the case.
In January, Golf retained the title of Europe’s best selling car thanks to a 28% increase in deliveries, while its smaller sibling – Polo – took second place, jumping two positions after a 9% growth. Another smaller vehicle, Ford’s Fiesta has taken third spot with an 8% volume increase, while fourth and fifth place were taken by the French – Renault Clio and Peugeot 208, which both lost some market share.
VW’s new MQB platform (VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3), much debated, sees around 30% of the top 10 sales – with Golf first, Octavia sixth and the premium offering from Audi coming eight.
Volkswagen, which last year as a group took second position from General Motors in terms of global sales, has maintained its No.1 position in Europe as a brand, with an 8% spike to 122,801 units, while Ford snatched the second position with 67,869 units (a 9% increase) ahead of Peugeot (up 9% to 61,874 cars) and Renault (59,315 cars, growing less at 4%).
Via Automotive News Europe