1972 is a particular year for the French car market: the Simca 1100 takes the lead of the models sales ranking for just one year, and it would be the last Simca model to do so with the pole position being split between Renault and Peugeot models for the next 40 years! I have no detailed data for this year so if you do please get in touch!
While going through old issues of Wheels Magazine at the Sydney State Library I fell upon some info on the US car market in 1972: then the VW Beetle’s domination of the small car segment was being threatened by the new Chevrolet Vega… Despite fire-risk carburettor and exhaust problems necessitating the recall of 130,000 cars and sabotage on the assembly lines (!) the Vega topped 520,000 sales in the States only in 1972 with the formerly invisible class-leading VW Beetle reaching 560,000.
Please note this may not reflect the top of the ranking as it is only information about the small car segment. If you have more detailed information on the best-selling models in the US before 1974 please make sure to get in touch by commenting on this article!
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* See the Top 60 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Andrea *
Launched in 1969, the Fiat 128 becomes the best-selling car in Italy in 1972 and sells 239,675 units over the first 11 months of the year. During the same period the Fiat 127 lands in 2nd place with 181,068 sales for its first ‘full’ year while the Fiat 500, #1 up until 1971, drops to 3rd place at 176,005 units. The Fiat 124 follows with 95,497 sales.
The Leyland-Innocenti Mini shines in 5th position, followed by the Autobianchi A112 and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Simca 1000 is the best-selling foreign model at #8 ahead of the Ford Escort (#10) and Opel Kadett (#11).
Thanks to the UNRAE team I can now share with you the Top 20 best-selling brands and most produced models in 1972 (see ‘Read more’ to check it out).
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Full 11 months 1972 Top 60 Ranking Table below.