* See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Rene *
It’s a ranking of another time, but one that shows the Italian, Japanese and Russian influences the Finnish car market displayed at the start of the seventies. The Fiat 600 is the best-selling car in the country in 1971 and by very far, selling more than double the amount of the #2 at 7,579 sales vs. 3,641 for the Opel Kadett. The Toyota Corolla brilliantly rounds up the podium at 3,479 units only a few year after starting to be exported outside of Japan, showing that Finnish consumers were early adopters of Japanese models.
This trend is confirmed by the 4th place of the Datsun 1200 with 2,854 sales, while the Datsun 1000 ranks #15 and the Mazda 1300 is #17. Coming from neighbour Sweden, the Volvo 140 ranks 5th with 2,481 units while the Moskvitsh Elite delivers an outstanding 6th position with 2,322 sales, Finland being one of the few countries in the world the model got exported to. Notice also the Saab 96 at #7, the VW 13oo at #12 and the Mercedes 220 at #16.
Full Year 1971 Top 20 Ranking Table below.