HOME MARKETS have a profound effect on success in the lower-medium segment. In 1997, the Fiat Bravo/Brava led in Italy and the Rover 200/400 led in the UK, yet neither made the Top 4. The Golf leads only in Germany, but by such a margin in such a large market that it led the segment despite a poor changeover to the new model.
The Ford and GM models bubbled to the top of the Europe list based on being close in major markets, even though they didn't lead anywhere.
Cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla end up near the bottom of the Top 10 in most major markets. The Citroen ZX appears in the Top 10 only in France and Spain.