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Sweden 1981-1982: Volvo 200 and Saab 900 at their highest

Volvo 244

* See 'Read more' for the Top 20 best-selling models! Many thanks to Torbjörn for the data *

Swedish car sales are down 12% in 1981 to 188,522 registrations but back up 16% in 1982 to 218,428 units. The Volvo 200 is head and shoulders above the competition again and reaches its best-ever market share in Sweden in '81 at a mammoth 21.6% thanks to 40,688 sales. In '82 it is at 20.7% and 45,288 units.

Saab 900

The Saab 900 confirms the 2nd spot it acquired in '79 and also delivers a best-ever share in '81 at 10.3% with 19,422 sales then to 9.9% and 21,544 units in '82. The VW Golf/Jetta establishes itself on the podium over the period at a fantastic 7.6% share in '81 and 6.2% in '82. The Volvo 300 drops to #4 in '81 and #5 in '82, passed by the Opel Kadett (5%).

Interestingly the Saab 99 resists: up 40% and 2 spots in '82 to 8,445 units and 3.9%. The Mazda 323 is the first Japanese big seller in the country, #7 both years and up 30% in '82 with 8,329 sales and 3.8%.

Previous post: see the Swedish 1979 Top 25 and 1980 Top 7 best-selling models here.

Full Year 1981 and 1982 Ranking Tables below.

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