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Norway: 1956-2013 More detailed Historical Data now available!

The Ford Cortina was #2 in Norway in 1963 and from 1965 to 1969

* The direct links to 30 Norway Historical Data articles are below! Thanks to Rene & STAC *

Thanks to Rene and STAC I am now able to share with you more detailed Historical Data for Norway. There is now a Top 10 models ranking for each and every year from 1956 to 1978, decade rankings for the eighties and nineties, a Top 50 models ranking for 1993, 94 and 96, a Top 10 for 1998, Top 15 for 1999 and from 2000 onwards there is at least a Top 20 for each year!

The 100,000th Norwegian VW Beetle delivered to its owner

The VW Beetle dominates the Norwegian models ranking during the fifties and the sixties, in pole position for 13 of the 15 years from 1956 to 1970 and peaking at 22.4% share in 1960. It is the best-selling model of all times in Norway with over 140,000 units sold in the country alone.

The Pobeda ranked #2 in Norway in 1956 (4wd version featured aka GAZ M-71)

The Volvo PV444/544 managed to interrupt this domination in 1957 and 1958, a feat that it didn't achieve in its native Sweden as far as I know. Notice also the Pobeda (aka GAZ M-20) holding 11.7% of the market in 1956... A few Ford models had to do with 2nd place over the period: the Anglia peaked at 11.7% share in 1960 while the Cortina held that position 6 times from 1963 to 1969, peaking at 12% in 1963.

The Datsun Sunny was #8 in Norway in 1970

In 1970 the Japanese land and the Datsun Sunny is the first nippon model to rank within the year-end Norwegian Top 10 at #8. This will be improved to #6 in 1971 by the Mazda 1500, to #5 in 1973 by the Mazda 818 and to #2 in 1975 by the Toyota Corolla while the Mazda 929 reaches 5% of the market in 1976...

The Mazda 1500 was #6 in Norway in 1971

In 1971 the Volvo 140 Series puts an end to the Beetle's leadership and after 4 years on top passes the relay to the Volvo 240 Series in 1975. The VW Golf dominates the eighties as well as the nineties - if you have detailed models ranking from 1979 to 1992 please make sure to get in touch by commenting on this post! 

The VW Golf has been the best-selling model in Norway for the last 5 years

Over the last 15 years either a Volkswagen or a Toyota held the pole position in Norway: the Golf did so 8 times (1998-2000 and 2008-2012), the Passat was #1 three times in 2001 and 2006-2007, as was the Corolla in 2002-2003 and 2005 while the Avensis ranked first in 2004.

Norway Historical Data:

Norway 1956: VW Beetle and Pobeda dominate

Norway 1957-1958: Volvo 444/544 takes the lead

Norway 1959-1960: VW Beetle reclaims #1 spot, hits 22.4% share

Norway 1961-1962: VW Beetle and Ford Anglia on top

Norway 1963: VW Beetle and Ford Cortina dominate

Norway 1964: VW Beetle at 10,000+ sales, Ford Taunus 12M/15M #2

Norway 1965-1967: Beetle, Ford Cortina and Volvo Amazon shine

Norway 1968-1969: Beetle, Cortina and Kadett on podium

Norway 1970: Last year at #1 for the VW Beetle, the Japanese land

Norway 1971: Volvo 140 takes the lead

Norway 1972-1973: Volvo 140, Beetle and Ford Taunus on podium

Norway 1974: Volvo 140 leads, Passat now VW’s best-seller

Norway 1975-1976: Volvo 240 #1, Toyota Corolla on podium!

Norway 1977-1978: Volvo 240 and Ford Granada most popular

Norway 1980-1989: VW Golf and Ford Sierra dominate

Norway 1993-1994: VW Golf and Ford Mondeo strong

Norway 1996: VW Golf #1, Hyundai Accent #10

Norway 1990-2000: VW Golf, Toyota Corolla and Opel Astra on top

Norway 1998-2000: VW Golf in command

Norway 2001: VW Passat and Ford Mondeo dominate

Norway 2002-2003: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Norway 2004: Toyota Avensis new leader

Norway 2005: Toyota Corolla climbs back on top, VW Passat #3

Norway 2006-2007: VW Passat clear leader

Norway 2008: VW Golf reclaims lead, Ford Mondeo #2

Norway 2009: VW Golf #1 again, Toyota Avensis up to #2

Norway 2010: VW Golf leader for the third consecutive year

Norway 2011: VW Golf and Passat lead, Mitsubishi ASX at its best in the world

Norway 2012: VW Tiguan and Nissan Leaf impress

Norway 2013: VW Golf #1, Nissan Leaf on podium, Tesla Model S tops monthly ranking twice

Categories: Norway
  1. October 29th, 2012 at 17:23 | #1

    Our Mazda 1500 still alive. I inherited it from my grandfather. Right now, we assure that it still functions so thorough maintenance is needed.

  2. June 4th, 2012 at 16:54 | #2

    @matgasnier
    Ok. Thank´s matt. Nice data… keep on.

  3. Bill
    June 4th, 2012 at 15:11 | #3

    Great job Matt. Keep going….

    • matgasnier
      June 4th, 2012 at 15:55 | #4

      Thanks for the praise Bill :-) I really appreciate it. Greece is coming up soon thanks to all your work!
      cheers
      Matt

  4. June 4th, 2012 at 03:02 | #5

    The Datsun Sunny shows in the pictures is not the 1970 model. That one was the first Sunny B110 build between 1966 and 1969.

    • matgasnier
      June 4th, 2012 at 09:08 | #6

      Hi Miguel, The Datsun Sunny pictured was still sold in Norway in 1970.
      cheers
      Matt

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