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Portugal 1989: Fiat Uno and Opel Corsa on top

January 11th, 1990 4 comments

Opel Corsa

* See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

* Many thanks to Tuga for making this post possible! *

Portuguese magazine AutoHoje takes us on trip down memory lane, listing the Top 20 best-selling models in the country in 1989 in their latest issue. The Fiat Uno dominates with 17,418 sales, only 123 above the Opel Corsa, #2 at 17,205 units and both models grab 9% of the market. The Renault Supercinq rounds up the podium in 3rd place with 14,809 sales and 7.7%.

Fiat Uno

The Renault 19 is an instant hit in the country, landing directly in 4th position for its first full year at 14,169 units and 7.3%. In fact, Renault places 4 models in the Top 20 with the Renault 4 at #15 and the Renault 21 at #16. The Ford Fiesta ranks 5th with 11,147 sales and 5.8%, ahead of the Citroen AX and the VW Golf. A best-seller in most of Europe, the Peugeot 205 is only #8 in Portugal, with Peugeot placing the 405 at #14 and the 309 at #19. The Fiat Tipo closes the Top 10.

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Full Year 1989 Top 20 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Portugal

West Germany 1989: VW Golf leads, Passat on podium

January 8th, 1990 1 comment

VW Golf

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! – Thanks Florian for the data *

2.832 million new cars found a buyer in Germany in 1989, and the best-seller is again the VW Golf at 321,827 units or 11.4%, followed by the Opel Kadett with 214,528 sales and 7.6%. Launched in 1988, the new generation VW Passat climbs onto the podium this year at 155,835 sales and 5.5%, the nameplate’s best score so far.

VW Passat

The Mercedes 200/300 drops by one spot and 15% to #4 and 133,245 sales while the new Opel Vectra lands directly in 5th place at 116,392 units and 4.1% share for its first full year of sales. The BMW 5 Series misses the Top 10 for 2,000 units, ranking #11 with 77,924 sales and 2.8% share, up 19%.

Mercedes 200/300

As far as foreign models are concerned, the Mazda 626 keeps its best-seller title at #16 with 43,422 sales but the Renault 19 is hot on its heels for its first full year of sales at #17 and 42,748 units. The Toyota Corolla follows at #18 with 39,733 sales and the Fiat Uno ranks #20 at 37,927 units.

Full 1989 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Germany

Australia 1989: The start of the real ‘Falcadore’ era

January 5th, 1990 No comments

1988 Holden Commodore VN

* See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Paul *

With the arrival of the VN Series of the Holden Commodore in 1988, both Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore now compete in the same segment, and it is the start of over two decades of intense fight between the two models for the title of best-selling car in Australia, commonly known as the ‘Falcadore’ era…

1989 Ford EA Falcon

Thanks to Paul I can share with you a Top 20 best-selling models for the first 6 months of 1989 and a Top 10 for the first 11 months of the same year which show the Commodore leading with 65,080 sales vs. 58,257 for the Falcon. The Mitsubishi Magna takes the third spot at 33, 334 units, followed by the Ford Laser at 29,884, the Toyota Camry at 29,650 and the Toyota Corolla at 19,546. Notice the Hyundai Excel at #15 over the first 6 months and the appearance of the Holden Apollo (a rebadged Toyota Camry), Toyota Lexcen (a rebadged Holden Commodore) and Holden Nova (a rebadged Toyota Corolla) inside the November Top 20.

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Full 6 months 1989 Top 20 and 11 months Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Australia

Norway 1980-1989: VW Golf and Ford Sierra dominate

January 3rd, 1990 No comments

VW Golf

* See the Top 25 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Rene *

For Norway in the eighties I only have access to a Top 25 models ranking for the entire decade, not year by year. If you have more detailed information please make sure to get in touch by commenting on this article! At this little game the VW Golf wins with an overall share of 4.9% and is followed by the Ford Sierra and Volvo 240 Series both at 4.3%. The Mazda 626 manages an outstanding 4th place with 4% share ahead of its little sister the Mazda 323 at 3.9%.

Ford Sierra

The Japanese are now here in force in Norway: there are 11 of them in the eighties’ Top 25, with the Toyota Carina (#9), Corolla (#11), Mazda 929 (#12), Toyota Camry (#14) and Nissan Sunnny (#17) also very popular. Notice also the Opel Ascona at #6, the Ford Escort at #7 and Opel Kadett at #8.

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Full Eighties Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Norway