* The direct links to 16 Historical Data articles are below *
Thanks to Miguel, I am now able to shed some light on the South African car market between 1973 and 2012 with selected years’ Top 10 best-selling models now available. After the Chrysler Valiant in 1973, Japanese cars took ownership of the ranking, with the Datsun Stanza Number 1 in 1980 and the Toyota Corolla in 1984.
The Corolla may have kept the pole position for a full 20 years, however I don’t have data for each year over the period so cannot confirm this (if you do please get in touch!). Other successful models in South Africa over the period include the Toyota Cressida, Chevrolet Chevair, BMW 3 Series, Mazda 323, Honda Ballade, VW Golf, Toyota Conquest and Ford Tracer.
South Africa Historical Data: