According to data collated and released this week, the Volkswagen Golf is once again the best selling passenger car in Europe, selling 470,229 vehicles, 8.9% more than in 2012.
Industry experts attribute the growth to a new series of variants to the popular range, including the arrival of more compact versions.
In second place, the Ford Fiesta lags somewhat behind the Golf, with 293,663 units sold, 38% less than the Golf, with unit sales dropping by 4.1% compared to 2012.
Third place sees the Renault Clio closely chasing the Fiesta, increasing sales by 17.6%, with 287,111 new vehicles on the road.
Next in the chart is significant to Spain, as both the Volkswagen Polo, with 266,994 units sold, a drop of 7.2%, and the Opel Corsa, selling 239,814 units, down 9.5%, both manufactured in the vehicle plant in Zaragoza.
In terms of overall increase, that award has to go to the Peugeot 208, despite ranking in sixth place with 239,102 units; this figure is a staggering 49.3% more than in 2012.
Despite the drop in sales for the two Spanish vehicles in the top 5, vehicle manufacturing sector in Spain closed the year with a total of 2,163,338 vehicles being built, an increase of 9.3% over the previous year. Exports to the U.S., Algeria and Turkey have seen increases in 2013, with 1,879,974 manufactured units exported, 87% of the total, representing an increase of 8.72% over 2012.
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