Volkswagen reclaims top spot from Ford in sales charts in Europe
All’s right in the world again, at least as far as Volkswagen is considered. A month after losing its spot to Ford as the best selling brand in Europe, VW has regained its spot as the number one selling brand in Europe with 138,304 sold units. Ford’s reign (87,721) was pretty short-lived - and might be a case of the fluke, too - as it actually fell from first to fourth in April, being leap-frogged by not just VW, but also by Renault (99,642 sold units) and Peugeot (88,721).
Ford’s month-long reign came as a result of scrappage schemes that spiked the sales for subcompact vehicles like the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Ka Now that most of those programs have ended, so did Ford’s number one position. Add that to the continued strong showing of the Volkswagen Golf VI, which helped VW return to the top of the sales charts, and the VW ship was righted faster than Ford could have hoped for.
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The two vehicles vying for the title as the most popular car in Europe are the Golf and the Ford Fiesta with the Golf holding a pretty slim 13,000-unit lead over the Fiesta - 186,202 to 173,096. Despite the strong showing of the Fiesta in Europe, history has been on the Golf’s side, having won the prestigious title of most popular car in six of the past 10 years (2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010).
So, which one would you choose? The Golf offers up two engine options: a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline engine (170hp) or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder clean diesel TDI engine (140 hp) The engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard or a six-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic control. The Fiesta has a 1.6 Liter DOHC four cylinder engine that delivers an estimated 119 HP and 109 lb-ft of torque that is connected to either a five speed manual or Ford’s latest gas sipping six speed automatic transmission. Both cars are priced at $15,000-$20,000.
Check out the gallery and specs and let us know which one you favor.