In 2014, the Volkswagen Golf extended its lead as the most-popular car model in the European Union. It was followed by the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and VW Polo. The Skoda Octavia and Audi A4 were the first new models in the top-ten list in three years and entered at the expense of the BMW 3 Series and the Opel / Vauxhall Astra.
top 10 best-selling car models in europe in 2014 (full year)
the ten most popular car models in europe in 2014, according to jato calculations, were:
list of top 10 favorite car models in europe in 2014
after two years without changes, the composition of the list of the 10 most popular cars in europe was modified with two new entrants: the skoda octavia and the audi a3 at the expense of the opel/vauxhall astra and the bmw 3 series.
vw golf: the best-selling car model in europe in 2014
the volkswagen golf remained europe’s favorite car in 2014 for the seventh consecutive year. The Golf was last surpassed by a different car model for a full calendar year in 2007, when it was 2,500 cars behind the Peugeot 207.
in 2014, the volkswagen golf consolidated its leadership by selling 11% more cars than in 2013. of the 10 best-selling car models in europe, only its sister models, the skoda octavia and the audi a3, improved more . golf sales in europe increased by 50,000 cars in 2013 and 90,000 more than two years ago.
evergreen small cars in europe in 2014
The second to fifth most popular car model in Europe in 2014 remained Supermini and the ranking did not change from the previous year. all four experienced sales increases of just over 5%.
the ford fiesta was once again the second most popular car model in europe. Although sales have improved from a year ago, the numbers have barely increased since 2012.
The Renault Clio came third again for the second year in a row, outselling the Fiesta at the end of 2014. Renault sold more than 50,000 Clios in 2014 compared to two years ago, the year the current model was launched. The Renault brand also overtook Ford and Opel at the end of the year.
the vw polo maintained its fourth place finish for the second year in a row despite receiving only a minor update earlier in the year. just like the party, the polo was launched in 2008.
The Opel/Vauxhall Corsa managed to hold on to fifth place for the second year despite the original 2006 model only being replaced in late 2014. Although the new car has a lot in common with the old model, all the visual parts have changed and should help corsa sales in 2015.
ford focus and peugeot 208 less popular in europe in 2014
the ford focus and peugeot 208 were the only car models in the top ten list that sold fewer units in 2014 than in 2013. peugeot’s drop was steeper than ford’s, allowing the focus will take sixth place from 208.
The Ford Focus was Europe’s best-selling car in 2006, but has since been overshadowed by sales of the smaller Fiesta. the current model was released in 2010.
the peugeot 207 was the last car to outsell the golf in europe in 2007, but the replacement 208 model launched in 2012 has never enjoyed similar popularity, although it outsold the golf in december 2012. a sixth place in 2013 looks likely to remain his best finish for a full calendar year.
changes in the ten most popular car models in europe
After two years without changes, the composition of the list of the ten best-selling car models in Europe was modified with two new entrants. The Skoda Octavia, a sister model to the VW Golf, entered the list in eighth place with an increase in sales of 22%.
the nissan qasqai moved down one position. the number of qasqai cars sold in europe has hardly changed in two years.
the audi a3 is the second new car model and the second sister car to the golf to enter the list of the top ten best-selling car models in europe in 2014. sales of the audi a3 increased by almost a fifth in Europe in 2014.
the bmw 3 series, a regular for years on the list of the ten most popular cars in europe, dropped from the list from ninth place last year. The change is due in large part to BMW’s decision to create a 4 Series from some cars that were previously part of the 3 Series model line. appearing in a top ten bestseller list probably isn’t too harmful.
The Opel/Vauxhall Astra also dropped down the list from 10th place in 2013 and 7th in 2012. The Astra was launched in 2009 and never seriously threatened best-selling car models. a new model is expected in late 2015.
Volkswagen remained Europe’s strongest car manufacturer and brand in 2014 and the European Union car market in 2014 expanded for the first time since 2007.