VW Golf - The Best Selling Car in Europe

Volkswagen's Golf is the best selling models in Europe, according to the latest figures provided by data analyst JATO. The July car sales figures brought the new Golf in pole position when it comes to new car deliveries, which makes the popular model the leader of the European market for the fifth consecutive month.

Specifically, the Golf posted a sales increase of 15.5 percent in the first seven months of the year and 26.9 percent in July, compared to the same period of the previous year.

"The much talked about 'green shoots' of recovery can be seen in the small car segment, which is the greatest beneficiary of scrappage incentives and European customers' desire to move to more affordable cars. Whether this performance is sustainable remains to be seen," says David Di Girolamo, Head of JATO Consult.

Ford's Fiesta continue to run high in Europe, as the company delivered 37.1 percent more Fiestas in the first seven months of this year when compared to the January - July timeframe in 2008. Furthermore, the Fiesta was the only model not manufactured by a French carmaker that managed to step into the Top 10 best selling models in France, wrote quoting the aforementioned source.

Ford Fiesta was the best-selling model in March in Ford's product lineup, with 52,800 units, followed by Focus (32,300) and Transit (14,100).

"It is very encouraging to see Fiesta doing so well and also our market share developing so positively, given the declining market we are continuing to face in Europe," said in April Ingvar Sviggum, vice-president marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe.
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