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Poland 1992: FSO Polonez Caro and Fiat 126 dominate

January 20th, 1993 No comments

FSO Polonez Caro

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The Polish marjet is relatively large, with 430,000 registrations over the first 11 months of 1992. Polish brand FSO (Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych) places the Polonez Caro, a rebodied Fiat 125p built under licence from Fiat, on top of the sales ranking with a massive 78,000 units and 18.1% market share. More details on the FSO Polonez here.

Fiat 126p

In second place is none other than the 1976 Fiat 126p, built in Bielsko-Biała. Arguably the most popular car in Poland in the 80′s, it sold 52,821 units over 11 months 1992 for a 12.3% market share. 3,318,674 units would be produced between 1973 and 2000 in Poland. More details on the Fiat 126 here.

Fiat Cinquecento

Launched in late 1991 and produced exclusively in Poland, the Fiat Cinquecento takes the 3rd place with 9,129 sales and 2.1%, followed by the Skoda Favorit and the Lada Samara.

Full 11 months 1992 Top 5 Ranking Table below.

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Greece 1991-1992: Nissan and Fiat dominate

January 20th, 1993 3 comments

The Nissan Sunny is the best-selling model in Greece in 1992

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For these two years I only have annual registrations of new car sales in the country and a Top 10 best-selling brands. 1992 was a new record year for the car market in Greece at 199,004 units.

Nissan is the most popular brand in the country over the period, peaking at 18,107 sales in 1992, 13,150 of which were the locally produced Nissan Sunny, making it the best-selling model in the country that year. Fiat comes second in 1991 and 1992, the Uno and Tipo being the most popular, and is followed by Toyota (Corolla and Starlet are hits).

The period also marks the first appearance in the Top 10 brands ranking in Greece of Hyundai, launched in 1989 in the country and already #8 in 1991…

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Total annual figures and Top 10 Brands below.

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Categories: Greece

USA 1992: Ford Taurus leads passenger cars for first time

January 20th, 1993 No comments

Ford Taurus

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In 1992 the second generation Ford Taurus was launched but by mid-year the Honda Accord was still leading the passenger car rankings with 191,682 sales. Thanks to heavy promotions the Taurus managed to finish the year as the best-selling passenger car in the USA with 409,751 sales vs. 393,477 for the Accord. It is the first time since 1988 an American brand places a car atop the passenger car ranking, and the first time the Taurus does so.

Ford F-Series

The Ford F-Series stays in the lead of the overall ranking at 472,475 units ahead of the Chevrolet C/K with 428,514 sales. The Ford Explorer takes the 5th spot overall at 306,681 units, ahead of the Toyota Camry, Dodge Caravan and Ford Ranger.

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Full Year 1992 Top 189 and 6 months Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: USA

Sweden 1992: Volvo 900 and Saab 9000 on top

January 1st, 1993 No comments

Volvo 940

* See ‘Read more for the Top 25 best-selling models! Many thanks to Torbjörn for the data *

Compared to the 340,000 units reached in 1988, the Swedish car market is at a very weak 154,173 registrations in 1992. Launched in 1990, the Volvo 900 is the best-selling model in the country this year with 12,205 sales and 7.9% market share, just above the Saab 9000 at 10,787 units and 7%. The new Volvo 850 rounds up the podium with 9,894 sales and 6.4%.

Saab 9000

Excellent hold of the Toyota Corolla, best-selling foreign model in 4th place at 6,383 units and 4.1%, followed by the VW Golf (4%), Audi 100 (3.9%) and Ford Escort (3.4%). The Volvo 400 continues its discreet career in its native country, #8 this year at 3.1%.

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Full Year 1992 Top 25 Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Sweden