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Found EU total for the first time

Top 9 for March 2010

(1) Ford Fiesta
(2) VAG Golf
(3) GM Corsa
(4) PSA 207
(5) Ford Focus
(6) GM Astra
(7) VAG Polo
(8) Fiat Punto
(9) Fiat Panda

The FIAT 500 is not a top seller across EU, but in the UK Top 10 and presumably also Italy and Poland where it is built.

FIAT has two models in the chart though neither of these register in the UK top list.
 

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& a technical report from our chief - in typical colored language

"We're standing in doo-doo," Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne told reporters in Turin on Sunday. "Whether you're in an inch of it or three inches doesn't matter, the stench is still overwhelming."

Italian registrations plunged 24 percent to record the worst June since 1979, manufacturers' association UNRAE said, while French sales slid further toward an expected 10 percent full-year decline.

The Spanish car market also shrank 12 percent as frantic discounting failed to avert a 24th straight monthly fall, according to the country's ANFAC grouping.

In Germany, where deliveries turned negative in May, rising discounts and automaker self-registrations - selling new cars as used - suggest Europe's biggest market can no longer be relied upon to soften the slump.

Ford sales halved in Italy, where GM's Opel deliveries fell 44 percent and Fiat's dropped by a quarter, in line with the market. In Spain, the two U.S. automakers posted declines close to 20 percent, while Renault fell 23 percent and Citroen 13 percent.

For the first half, registrations were down 14 percent in France, 20 percent in Italy and 8.2 percent in Spain.

Only two European car factories are so far earmarked for eventual closure - Peugeot's Aulnay plant near Paris and GM's Opel facility in Bochum, Germany.

Even their immediate decommissioning would barely dent a 7 million-vehicle gap between the region's production capacity and projected output for the next three years, according to an AlixPartners study published last week.

Ford's French car registrations dropped 21 percent last month, while Fiat's fell 17 percent and Paris-based Peugeot recorded a 9.5 percent combined sales decline for its two brands at home.
 

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Yes - Italy is teetering on the same brink as Greece and Spain, but Italy is an industrial country.
Our company's business partner in Italy seems so preoccupied with survival at home, that they are almost completely ignoring their commitments to us and others outside of Italy.
Why do you think the Fiat - Chrysler merger took place?

I'm also seeing the beginnings of this "survival mode" thinking beginning to develop with our German partner too.

There's "big trouble brewing" over there - more than I think anyone can imagine.
 
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