Volkswagen Golf Is Europe's Bestseller

The German-built Volkswagen Golf is on a roll this year. After securing the title of World Car of the Year for 2009, the Golf comes back and becomes Europe's best selling vehicle, surpassing the Peugeot 207 and Ford Fiesta, reported.

Volkswagen Golf has registered an increase, but its position is threatened by Ford's Fiesta, which unveiled an increase in sales of 27 percent in April and 20 percent year-to-date. The data, compiled by JATO Dynamics, showed that Golf sold 44,612 units in April (down 7.2 percent year on year), while year-to-date sales show 169,089 units have been sold, down 4 percent from the same period of 2008.

Only two other cars in the top ten managed to score increases: the Fiat Panda, up 17 percent and another model from the German manufacturer, the Volkswagen Polo, even if in its case the increase was only 1 percent.

"National government scrappage schemes are really starting to have an impact, both in the sales volumes in different markets and in the type of cars being sold. The bigger picture shows the size of the drop in new car sales across Europe," David Di Girolamo, JATO Consult head told the source.

Because of these incentives, the Ford Fiesta is gaining up on the Golf, selling especially well in the biggest european markets: Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain. The ranking stand as follows; VW Golf, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 207, Fiat Punto, Opel Corsa, Ford Focus, VW Polo, Fiat Panda, Renault Clio and VW Passat.

As for brands, Volkswagen is the winner here too. It is followed by Ford, Renault, Opel and Fiat. The last five in the brand battle are Peugeot, Citroen, Audi, Mercedes and Toyota. For undisclosed reasons, BMW did not make the top ten.
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