* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks to Adam for the data *
The Chevrolet Chevette is the best-selling car in America this year with 346,307 units sold, down 7% on 1980. That would make the Chevette the last passenger car to dominate the models ranking in the USA. It is followed by the Chevrolet Citation, 1980’s #1, down 20% to 300,184 units.
Excellent performance of the Ford Escort, landing directly in third position for its first full year of sales in the country with 284,907 units sold. But this year’s best performer is the VW Rabbit, up 59% and 6 spots on 1980 to a fantastic 4th place with 282,240 sales. Never before had an import reached such high levels in the US.
The Toyota Corolla is also on the up, to a best-ever 5th position, albeit with declining sales at 241,639 units (-6%). There are two other newcomers in the Top 10: the Buick Skylark at #8 with 200,350 sales and the Plymouth Reliant at #9 with 189,330 units.
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Full 1981 Top 10 Ranking Table below.