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USA 1980: Oldsmobile Cutlass reigns Supreme, or Chevy Citation?

1980-1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais

* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks Adam for the data *

I have conflicting information for the best-selling models in the US in 1980. Once source tells me the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is on top of the overall US models ranking with 460,000 sales. Another, more detailed, places the Chevrolet Citation in pole position with 374,706 sales just above the Chevrolet Chevette at 373,988 units, and has the Cutlass at #8. The difference must be how many versions of the Cutlass are counted together or separately...

Chevrolet Citation

In third position we find the Ford Fairmont, up 2 spots on 1979 but down 16% at 285,272 sales. The Chevrolet Impala/Caprice, #1 in 1979, is down 42% to #5 at 261,819 units. Notice the Toyota Corolla up 2 spots to an best-ever 6th place with 257,315 sales and the VW Rabbit breaking into the Top 10 for the very first time at #10 with 177,118 units.

Previous year: USA 1979: Chevrolet places Impala/Caprice and Chevette on podium

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  1. REO Olds
    July 9th, 2012 at 09:47 | #1

    Cutlass pictured is a 1977, not a 1980 model.

    • matgasnier
      July 9th, 2012 at 13:39 | #2

      Many thanks for picking this up REO Olds, I have now replaced the main image.
      cheers
      Matt

  2. Adam
    December 2nd, 2011 at 12:35 | #3

    Some data I’ve found
    1980
    1. Chevrolet Citation 374,706
    2. Chevrolet Chevette 373,988
    3. Ford Fairmont 285,272
    4. Chevrolet Malibu 267,732
    5. Chevy Impala/Caprice 261,819
    6. Toyota Corolla 257,315
    7. Ford Mustang 225,290
    8. Oldsmobile Cutlass 210,784
    9. Buick Regal 199,207
    10.Volkswagen Rabbit 177,118

    1981
    1. Chevrolet Chevette 346,307
    2. Chevrolet Citation 300,184
    3. Ford Escort 284,907
    4. Volkswagen Rabbit 282,240
    5. Toyota Corolla 241,639
    6. Chevrolet Malibu 211,130
    7. Buick Regal 208,329
    8. Buick Skylark 200,350
    9. Plymouth Reliant 196,997
    10.Ford Fairmont 189,330

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