Europe's best-selling cars of 2017 revealed
The UK's best-selling cars are normally easy to predict, regardless of timeframe. The Ford Fiesta takes the top spot, as it has done almost continuously for a decade, while the remainder of the top ten is filled with a motley crew of classic hatchbacks and fashionable crossovers.
But does the same apply to Europe as a whole? Market analyst JATO Dynamics has compiled figures across Europe to find the continent's best-selling cars.
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Registrations as a whole are up by 5.2 per cent, despite the unsteady state of the car industry. It won't come as a surprise to hear registrations of SUVs are up – gaining a record market share of 31.9 per cent continent-wide, and heading for an even higher percentage next year.
They're the fastest-growing market segment, but others are still making strong progress – luxury, executive and sports cars all grew, as did city cars, while larger-volume saloon, estate, MPV and hatchback classes all shrunk.
Despite that, cars from these segments still performed very well in Europe. Here's the top ten models...
1. VW Golf – 445,206
Even considering the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal, the Golf is a massive sales success – taking the top spot in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Norway.
2. Renault Clio – 298,990
The cute and cheeky Clio rarely troubles the sales charts in the UK, but best-selling status in its native France as well as the Netherlands and Portugal helped the Clio to considerable sales – though it's still a long way off the Golf.
3. Volkswagen Polo – 255,370
The new Polo has been launched, but there's been plenty of life in the old model in 2017. The Golf's baby brother's sales have dropped by 10.4 percentage points compared to 2016, but it still shifted over 250,000 units.
4. Ford Fiesta – 237,770
The UK's best-selling car by a long shot can't say the same for Europe as a whole, but the fourth place finish is still respectable – and the launch of the new model in September is to blame for a 14 per cent shrinkage over 2016.
5. Nissan Qashqai – 230,860
The immensely popular crossover sector is represented here by the Qashqai, which is the best-selling car in Latvia.
6. Peugeot 208 – 225,198
Back to superminis and the Peugeot 208, which trails the Clio as the second-best-selling car in France and Portugal. It also takes top spot in Denmark. Peugeot is the fourth-largest selling brand in Europe.
7. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa – 221,397
Vauxhall's sales are declining in the UK, but they've been strong in Europe as a whole – despite the segment itself declining by 0.3 per cent year on year. The Corsa is badged as a Vauxhall in the UK and an Opel in the rest of Europe.
8. Volkswagen Tiguan – 218,238
Slipping just below the Corsa is Volkswagen's family SUV, giving the company three cars in the top 10. The Tiguan's sales are up by over a third compared with 2016.
9. Skoda Octavia – 213,329
The best-selling car gong goes to the Skoda Octavia for Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and its native Czech Republic. Despite popularity in these countries, it takes only ninth place overall.
10. Opel/Vauxhall Astra – 204,742
And tenth spot goes to the Astra, which is facing its lowest sales figures in recent years. It's the sixth most popular car in the UK, where patriotism to Vauxhall and the Astra's construction at Ellesmere Port wins it significant sales success.