Volkswagen Golf tops European car sales in January

The Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling car in Europe last month, repeating its success from January 2009, according to new figures.

Research by automotive intelligence firm JATO Dynamics showed that 41,255 Golfs were sold across the continent in January 2010, with the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio coming second and third.

The number of Golfs sold was also 19.8 per cent higher than the figure recorded in the first month of 2009, which JATO attributed to the ongoing success of government scrappage initiatives.

David Di Girolamo, head of JATO Consult, described the figures as a “good start” to the year, but warned that traders should nevertheless expect a difficult 2010.

He said: “Scrappage schemes are certain to end this year, despite recent extensions that will surely affect the current growth trend.”

This comes after statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders earlier this month showed that scrappage has accounted for a fifth of all new car registrations since the scheme commenced in the UK.

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