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The European car market continues to recover from record lows reached in recent years due to the economic crisis and the austerity policies.
The major European markets, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain managed to increase sales in the first half of 2014 and contributed to the sales growth of 5.8%.
One of the biggest highlights was Spain that registered a growth of 18.8% thanks to the return of tax incentives and slaughter of vehicles. The UK had the highest growth in terms of number of sales, with more than 120,000 units sold in the first half of 2013. In Germany sales grew 2.4%, in France 2.9% and in Italy 3.4%.
Now let's find out which models were most successful among European drivers. The data is a responsibility of JATO Dynamics.
The new SUV model in Renault's model range has captured the European drivers attention and is currently in tenth place of the most sold models in 2014. The model has seen 87,410 being sold so far this year.
With sales falling 6.6% in the first six months of 2014, the Opel Astra still lands in ninth place in the most sold models ranking. So far this year the German brand has sold 97,336 units of the Astra.
The Nissan Qashqai is lying in eighth place in the list of the most sold models in the first half of 2014. However sales of the model have decreased 2.9% compared to 2013 to 110,474 units.
Peugeot's 208 model has been very important in the brand's financial recovery strategy. However its initial boost has started to disapear as sales have dropped in the first six months of the year 12.5% compared to last year. So far Peugeot has sold 119,686 of the 208 in 2014 and is lying in seventh place in the ranking of the most sold models in Europe.
In sixth place we have the Ford Focus. In first half of 2014 the sales have fallen 0.9% but the American brand still sold 121,570 so far this year.
In the first six months of 2014 Opel Corsa's sales have risen 1.5% to 133,729. The model has been receiving several new engines developed by the German brand which seem to have helped its sales grow. The Opel Corsa is currently the fifth most sold model in Europe.
The Volkswagen Polo is still one of European drivers' favourite cars and the recent facelift should help flourish its sales. In the first half of 2014 140,539 units were sold, 1.5% less than last year.
The new generation Renault Clio has been a huge success all around Europe and has helped the French brand recover sales volume. In the first half of 2014 Renault sold 162,558 units of the Clio, 5.3% more than in 2013. It is currently the third most sold model in Europe.
The Ford Fiesta has been the most sold American model in Europe in the first half of the 2014, and the second in the overall rankings. 167,941 units of the Fiesta were sold in the first six months of the year, 9.3% more than in 2013.
The Volkswagen Golf is still the king of sales in the European market. In the first six months of 2014 the model sold 270,462 units, 14.2% more compared to 2013.