The Seat Ibiza topped the Spanish charts ten times between 1987 and 2013.
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Thanks to Alberto from who shared 1997 and 1999-2004 data, I can now share with you the #1 model in Spain for each of the last 45 years all the way back to 1973 with no interruption. Also, thanks to Ricardo the years 1978 and 1979 have now been corrected with the Seat 127 still in the lead, and many thanks as well to René for your help. As always if you have access to more detailed data please make sure you get in touch by commenting on this article.
The Renault 7, a Renault 5 Sedan, was sold exclusively in Spain from 1974 to 1984
The Seat Ibiza first ranked #1 at home in 1987.
Follow the reign of the Seat 127, the first model to sell over 100,000 annual units in the country, still holding the annual Spanish record at 125,066 sales in 1974, Renault monopolising the Spanish pole position for 6 consecutive years between 1981 and 1986 with the 5, 9 and 11, Opel placing the Kadett at #1 in 1988 and the Astra on top in 1993…
The Renault 11 held almost 14% of the Spanish car market in 1985!
…the Seat Ibiza jumping into pole position at home for the first time in 1987 and repeating this feat 9 times since: in 1996, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Renault continued to dominate the ranking for a long time, with the Renault 19 #1 in 1989, 1990 and 1991, the Renault Clio in 1992 and the Renault Megane in 1998, 2004 and 2005… Finally, the Seat Leon snapped the annual crown in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since: it also ranked #1 in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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Spain 1973: Seat places 4 models in Top 4, 127 leads
Spain 1974-1977: Seat 127 reaches record levels
Spain 1978-1979: Seat 127 and Ford Fiesta lead the way
Spain 1980: Ford Fiesta, Renault 5 and Seat Ritmo on top
Spain 1981-1982: Renault 5 reigns
Spain 1983: Renault 9 most popular model
Spain 1984: Renault 11 takes the lead
Spain 1985: Renault 11 distant leader
Spain 1986: Renault 11 still on top
Spain 1987: Seat Ibiza in pole position for the first time!
Spain 1988: Opel Kadett tops the ranking
Spain 1989: Renault 19 takes the lead
Spain 1990-1991: Renault 19 stays on top, Renault Clio arrives
Spain 1992: Renault Clio passes Renault 19, Citroen ZX on podium
Spain 1993: Opel Astra new best-seller
Spain 1994: Ford Escort takes the lead
Spain 1995: Ford Escort still on top
Spain 1996: Seat Ibiza in pole position for the second time
Spain 1997: Seat Ibiza in the lead again
Spain 1998: Renault Megane clear leader, Seat Ibiza #2
Spain 1999: Citroen Xsara takes the lead
Spain 2000: Citroen Xsara and Seat Ibiza dominate
Spain 2001: Peugeot 206 new leader
Spain 2002: Ford Focus most popular
Spain 2003: Seat Ibiza and Ford Focus on top
Spain 2004: Renault Megane back on top
Spain 2005: Renault Megane leads, Citroen C4 arrives
Spain 2006: Seat Ibiza #1 in record market
Spain 2007: Ford Focus takes the lead
Spain 2008: Ford Focus and Seat Ibiza fight it out
Spain 2009: Seat Ibiza best-seller for the 6th time
Spain 2010: Seat Ibiza leads again ahead of Nissan Qashqai
Spain 2011: Seat Ibiza #1 for the 8th time in lowest market in 18 years
Spain 2012: Seat Ibiza and Nissan Qashqai resist in worst year since the eighties
Spain 2013: Seat Ibiza marks 10 years in the lead
Spain 2014: First ever year of reign for Seat Leon
Spain 2015: Second year of reign for the Seat Leon
Spain 2016: Renault, Seat Leon win in market pushed by rentals
Spain 2017: Seat Leon wins 4th straight crown in largest market in a decade