The largest producer of automobiles in the world is the European Union. Therefore, the key to Europe’s affluence is the automotive industry. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and exports of Europe are strengthened by the automotive industry. Due to this the car sales in Europe have always topped the lists around the world. The top best-selling cars of Europe are given in the list below.
1. Volkswagen Golf
The favorite car of Europe is the Volkswagen Golf. The Golf was first introduced in 1974 and has been a favorite of the Europeans since then. It is a small car fit for a family and is also known by the name of Volkswagen Rabbit. It is of the Volkswagen Group A Platform series. According to statistics 492,556 Golf were sold in Europe in 2010 although the sales show a dip of 13.7% from 2009. Golf topped the German automobile industry in 2010.
2. Ford Fiesta
Second on the list of top 10 best-selling cars in Europe is the subcompact, front wheel drive by Ford Motor Company, Ford Fiesta. Launched in 1976, the Ford Fiesta is in its sixth generation. The car market of the United Kingdom was topped by Ford Fiesta. 402,207 Ford Fiestas were sold in Europe in 2010. 14.8% decline in sales was experienced in 2010 from 2009.
3. Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen started the production of polo in 1975. It is a supermini car and comes in hatchback, coupe, estate and saloon varieties. In 2010, more than 45,000 cars were sold in the United Kingdom setting a record as never sans last year did Polos manage to get into the list of top ten best selling cars in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Europe sold 354,068 Polos with a tremendous increase in sales by 25.1% from 2009.
4. Renault Clio
This is yet another supermini car by Renault, the French automobile manufacturers. The 2010 third generation Clio was launched in 1990. The sales of Clio have substantially been consistent since its launch. The only car to be awarded the Car of the Year twice, that is, in 1991 and 2006 is also called Renault Lutecia. In 2010 Renault sold 338,245 Clios with a small increase in sales from 2009, that is, 8%.
5. Opel Corsa
Since 1982, German manufacturer Opel has been manufacturing the Opel Corsa. It falls under the supermini category and is also known as Chevrolet Chevy, Vauxhall Nova and Holden Barina. The sales of this car have been disturbed by the question of the company’s future. 317,950 Corsas have been sold in Europe by Opel showing a decline of 9.6% from 2009.