Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that the Peugeot 207 dropped to tenth place in 2011 from sixth place in 2010, when in fact it fell to eighth place last year.
FRANKFURT -- The Volkswagen Golf was Europe's best-selling model in 2011, taking the No. 1 spot for the fourth year in a row, according to data from JATO Dynamics.
Sales of the sixth-generation Golf, which debuted in 2008, fell 2 percent to 484,547 units in Europe last year, but the Golf kept its No. 1 spot despite the decline, which is typical for a model that is nearing the end of its product cycle. Volkswagen plans to debut the seventh-generation Golf at the Paris auto show in September.
VW also finished 2011 with the No. 2-selling car in Europe, according to JATO, as Polo sales topped those of the Ford Fiesta, which dropped 13 percent in 2011, leaving it in third place overall. (See table, below)
Polo sales rose 1 percent to 356,490 units, while the Fiesta's volume fell to 348,465 from 401,919 in 2010.