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Did Ford really supplant VW as Europe's #1 automaker? Perhaps not...

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Did Ford really supplant VW as Europe's #1 automaker? Perhaps not...

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Apr 19th 2010 at 9:29AM

Last Thursday, Ford issued a press release touting the fact that it sold more vehicles in Europe during the month of March than any other automaker. Pretty impressive if you ask us, especially when you consider the fact that Europe is the home market for the ever-growing Volkswagen brand. Thing is, the Blue Oval's press release may only be half true. Automotive News reports that Ford did in fact outsell VW in the 27 countries that make up the European Union. Include non-EU countries like Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, though, and The People's Car Maker reportedly outsold Ford by 482 units. That's 171,604 (VW) to 171,122 (Ford) for those scoring at home. For what it's worth, the Association of European Automakers considers all European countries when tallying sales totals.

While Ford may have narrowly missed on an opportunity to outsell VW in Europe, the Dearborn, MI-based automaker cleaned house in the UK, clearing an impressive 72,700 models on the Isles, helped in part by the end of the British scrapping program.



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