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In 1985, 10,968,515 new vehicles found a buyer in the USA, up 7% year-on-year. The brands ranking is fascinating: 11 American carmakers in the Top 15, 4 of them have disappeared since: Oldsmobile at #3 with 1,087,641 sales, Pontiac at #8 with 782,617, Mercury at #9 with 561,387 and Plymouth at #11 with 481,216. Toyota is the best-selling foreign brand at #5 with 905,405 units, followed by Nissan at #7 and 798,891 and Honda at #10 and 528,095. Notice also AMC-Renault at #20 with 145,733 sales and Peugeot at #30 and 18,101 units – both French manufacturers having given up on the US market shortly after that time.
Chevrolet Cavalier (1982 model)
The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in the country with 537,653 sales but the only pick-up truck in the Top 5, a clear change from nowadays’ ranking. The Chevrolet Cavalier is #2 and best-selling Passenger Car at 422,927 units, ahead of the Ford Escort at 410,978, Chevrolet Celebrity at 360,167 and Oldmsobile Ciera at 315,569.
The Toyota Hilux ranks at a brilliant 7th place thanks to 277,491 sales, while Oldsmobile places the Supreme at #10 and the 88 at #12. The Chevrolet Camaro is #13, the Nissan Sentra is the most popular imported Passenger Car at #16 and 184,706 units, with the Toyota Corolla following at #20 and 166,5698 sales. Notice also the US-made Honda Accord at #25, the Mercury Cougar XR7 at #32, the Renault Alliance selling 75,295 units and the Renault Encore at 46,524 sales.
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Full Year 1985 Top 50 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.