It was only during 1947 that foreign business gradually took hold. In the meantime, the factory management had developed a sedan model whose workmanship and features were superior to the standard domestic version, making it suitable for export. Thanks to exceptional paintwork in attractive colours, comfortable upholstery, chrome bumpers and hubcaps, Volkswagen was able to maintain a hold on the international market and compete with foreign manufacturers. In 1948, 4,385 vehicles were exported to European countries: 1,820 to the Netherlands, 1,380 to Switzerland, 1,050 to Belgium, 75 to Norway, 55 to Sweden and 5 to Denmark. The export figures for the following year climbed to a total of 7,127 vehicles, meaning that Volkswagen sold about 15 percent of its total production to European markets.