You would think that after some 40 years and 7 generations, prostate Volkswagen’s Golf might have lost its “modjo”, troche 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