25 August 2014

Belgium Top 4 Brands : 1980-89

The Ford Escort was popular in Belgium

Sales data for Belgium is hard to find, so I have cobbled together data as best I can. FEBIAC is the source for such, and they are cautious about letting too much out.

Belgians like their cars. For a small nation, they buy them in large numbers. Over 399,200 new cars were bought in 1980. In 1983 it slipped to 338,900 but bounced back to 439,800 by 1989. Just under 10 million people were living there in that year.

Toyota started well but disappeared with haste. Then European designed cars took over. Being a market without a local brand, sales are spread more evenly. In 1980 for example, all the brands were remarkably close to each other.

Yr 1st Sales % 2nd Sales % 3rd Sales % 4th Sales % %
1980 Toyo 36.0 9 Ren 35.8 9 Opel 35.2 9 VW 34.9 9 36
1981 VW 35.3 10 Ren 31.1 9 Ford 30.3 9 Opel 27.8 8 36
1982 VW 35.9 10 Opel 34.8 10 Ren 32.4 9 Ford 29.6 9 39
1983 Opel 37.8 11 VW 32.7 10 Ren 27.7 8 Ford 26.4 8 37
1984 Opel 41.3 12 Ford 33.9 10 VW 33.1 9 Ren 29.2 8 39
1985 Opel 45.2 13 VW 37.6 10 Ren 33.0 9 Ford 32.5 9 41
1986 Opel 46.2 12 VW 42.0 11 Ford 35.1 9 Ren 33.5 8 40
1987 Opel 46.8 12 VW 43.9 11 Ford 39.5 10 Ren 35.3 9 41
1988 Opel 48.8 11 VW 46.3 11 Ford 42.7 10 Peug 38.5 9 41
1989 VW 49.6 11 Opel 49.1 11 Ford 44.8 10 Ren 44.0 10 43

For other decades click on the years: 1990-99, and 2000-13.

The Renault 5 is unmistakably French in style

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