PARIS — The Volkswagen AG Golf was the clear European sales winner in 1998, surpassing both Renault SA's successful Megane and half-year leader, the Fiat SpA Punto. The Golf dominated the German market, reaching a combined total with its Vento and Bora derivatives of 322,754 units. Its closest competitor was the Adam Opel AG Astra (198,613) in second place. The Golf also held the lead in Belgium, Switzerland and Norway. But the Golf did not figure in the top 10 in some highly significant ...

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