The most popular cars in Europe – by country

The most popular cars in Europe

In case you hadn’t heard, the Ford Fiesta has been best-seller in the UK for a number of years. Here’s what other European Union countries are buying in their droves

The top ten best-selling cars in the UK are easy to spot; on every street there’s at least one Fiesta, Corsa, Focus or Golf.

What is the best-selling car in other countries, though? Find out below which cars the rest of Europe loves as much as the UK loves the Ford Fiesta, measured by market analysts JATO Dynamics:

Austria: Volkswagen Golf

With no mainstream car manufacturers, Austria’s top-seller can’t be from a domestic manufacturer. 12,684 buyers flocked to the Volkswagen Golf in 2016, trouncing the next-best-seller, the Skoda Octavia, at 8693.

Belgium: Volkswagen Golf

The same can be said for Belgium, but clearly being wedged between France and Germany has its effects: the Volkswagen Golf is the most popular car, followed by the Renault Clio. 14,519 and 11,600 found owners respectively.

Croatia: Nissan Qashqai

Compared to most other European markets, Croatia’s car market is tiny, and its best-seller, the Nissan Qashqai, sold 687 units in 2016, followed by 535 Toyota Yarises.

Czech Republic: Skoda Octavia

No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here – the Skoda Octavia sold 28,406 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which sold 21,769, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The first non-Skoda amongst the best-sellers is the Hyundai i30 – fifth place, with 7900 units.

Denmark: Peugeot 208

Peugeot‘s only top spot in Europe is in Denmark, where 9381 208s found homes, while the next best-seller was the Volkswagen Up, of which 7361 were sold.

Estonia: Skoda Octavia

Estonia has a proclivity for larger cars, it would seem, as the Skoda Octavia took pole position having sold 1139 cars, while 838 units put the Toyota Avensis in second place.

Finland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda claims another victory in Finland with the Octavia – 5530 were sold there in 2016. Second place was taken by the Nissan Qashqai, although nearly 1000 less – 4663 – were sold across the year.

France: Renault Clio

Little surprise here; France’s top car is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 112,118 took it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 took second place, with 97,817 units being sold. Only one car, the Dacia Sandero, in France’s top ten isn’t from France, but even then, Dacia is Renault-owned.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf and Passat took a 1-2 on home turf, with the Golf having sold 185,654 cars in the county – the best-selling car in any single market. It sells so well that the second-place Passat sold less than half this number; 79,216. The Opel Astra and Corsa – fifth and tenth with 65,197 and 55196 sales – are the only non-Germans in the top ten.

Greece: Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris takes the top spot in Greece, with 5307 cars sold, compared to the second-place Opel Corsa‘s 3845 units sold.

Hungary: Suzuki Vitara

Hungarian buyers are hungry (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara – the model sold 6538 units there in 2016. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 5283 down in second place.

Ireland: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai has well and truly taken hold in Ireland; the Tucson was the best-selling car across the Irish sea in 2016, and grew by a staggering 11,323% over 2015, to 7425 units. The Volkswagen Golf, meanwhile, sold 5143.

Italy: Fiat Panda

Nationalism wins, once again – the Fiat Panda was the best-selling car in Italy last year, with 147,262 finding homes. The Lancia Ypsilon was second, with a comparatively piddly 65,647. It’s a 60/40 split between Fiat Chrysler group cars and other manufacturers in Italy, with the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagens Polo and Golf in the top ten, too.

Latvia: Nissan Qashqai

Another win for Nissan – the Qashqai claimed a small victory in Latvia last year, with 772 sold overall. The Skoda Octavia came in second, having sold 577 units.

Lithuania: Fiat 500

Fiat‘s second pole position came in Lithuania, where the 500 sold in 2459 – the fact that it’s made there could be a clue – while the Nissan Qashqai was the second best-seller. 794 were sold in 2016.

Luxembourg: Volkswagen Golf

Luxembourg’s market mirrors Belgium’s, with the Volkswagen Golf taking first and the Renault Clio taking second. Each sold 1645 and 1240 units respectively.

Netherlands: Volkswagen Golf

Another victory for the Volkswagen Golf: 10,858 were sold to the Dutch in 2016, while the Renault Clio settled for second place once again, albeit narrowly; 10,741 found homes.

Norway: Volkswagen Golf

Surprise! The Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling car in Norway last year, with 12,259 sold. The Mitsubishi Outlander was in second place, but sold less than half of the Golf’s Norwegian total, at 5687.

Poland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Octavia and Fabia taking first and second place; the Fabia taking 16,960 and Fabia taking 15,070 sales in the country.

Portugal: Renault Clio

French superminis find more homes than anything else in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 11,494 as the country’s best-seller and the Peugeot 208 sold 6914.

Romania: Dacia Logan

Dacia took its home market by storm last year. The Logan and Duster made up the top two, with the former finding homes in 16,911 garages, and the latter parked in 5251. The Sandero takes fourth place, and Skoda Octavia slipped in at third in the Romanian market.

Serbia: Fiat 500L

Fiat’s only other victory is in Serbia, where the 500L was sold to 1709 punters. Skoda’s Octavia sold 1219 units, taking second …read more

Source:: Autocar