21 January 2010

European #1's: 2009

Which brands snared number one spots in Europe? Listed below are the marques and the countries in which they were top. If there is a number after the country, that represents the place the brand had the previous year. No number means they were top last year too. So without further ado, the top brands in Europe by country:

Toyota (8 top spots)

Bulgaria (2), Estonia,
Finland, Iceland,
Greece, Latvia,
Lithuania (2), Norway (2)



Volkswagen (6 top notches)
Austria,
Germany,
Lichtenstein,
Luxembourg,
Netherlands,
Switzerland


Renault (5 top positions)

Belgium (4)
France
Portugal
Slovenia
Spain (5)




Ford (4 times top dog)

Cyprus
Denmark (5)
Ireland (2)
UK



Fiat (3 times top of the pops)

Italy
Poland
Serbia (FAS

Skoda (Thrice top team))

Bosnia-Hergozovina
Czech Rep
Slovakia

Lada (Two occasions top)

Russia
Ukraine


The rest once at the top:

Dacia - Romania
GM Opel - Croatia
Hyundai - Turkey (2)
Suzuki - Hungary
Volvo - Sweden



Opel only getting one is a come down. Neither Peugeot nor Citroen is a surprise too. On the other side of the coin, both Hyundai and Suzuki are not expected to be there, but they both make cars in the respective countries they came top in. This is because there is so much patriotism and support for locally made in car buying, as the #1's shows up.

The bottom line: How well a brand does in getting to be a number one doesn't always reflect their success in the region overall.

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