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Finland 1958: Volkswagen interrupts Moskvitsh reign

Volkswagen is up 56% to take the lead of the Finnish brands ranking in 1958.

* See the Top 65 All-brands ranking by clicking on the title *

1958 is an odd year for the Finland new car market: sales are down 26.2% to 14.214 and most Russian and Eastern-European marque completely disintegrate, only to return to their previous level in 1959. This behaviour is traditionally the result of a political or economic conflict that has triggered temporary adverse sentiment against a country or region, in this case the Eastern Bloc. As such, Volkswagen surges 56% to take the lead of the brands ranking at 17.9%, interrupting the reign of Moskvitsh down an abysmal 87% to #9 (but back to #1 in 1959). Ford (+134%), Fiat (+141%), Peugeot (+130%) and Opel (+190%) all more than double their 1957 sales to complete the Top 5. Below Renault (+73%), Volga is up 119-fold on the previous year and the only Eastern European brand to behave well.

Previous year: Finland 1957: Moskvitsh and Skoda add up to 49.9% share

Full Year 1958 Top 65 All-brands below.

Finland 1958 – brands:

PosBrand1958%/571957%Pos
1Volkswagen2,54517.9%56%1,6368.5%3
2Ford1,2879.1%134%5502.9%7
3Fiat1,1558.1%141%4792.5%9
4Peugeot1,1007.7%130%4792.5%8
5Opel1,0007.0%190%3451.8%11
6Renault8115.7%73%4702.4%10
7Volga7125.0%11767%60.0%39
8Skoda6744.7%-86%4,78524.9%2
9Moskvitsh6084.3%-87%4,80325.0%1
10Mercedes-Benz5533.9%313%1340.7%18
11Vedette4943.5%73%2861.5%12
12Volvo3912.8%1600%230.1%30
13Simca2802.0%11%2521.3%14
14Morris2301.6%304%570.3%22
15Wartburg2281.6%-85%1,4887.7%4
16Donau2131.5%914%210.1%31
17Pobeda1961.4%-82%1,0935.7%5
18Austin1931.4%26%1530.8%16
19Citroen1911.3%-27%2601.4%13
20AWZ1761.2%-81%9254.8%6
21Borgward1330.9%1563%80.0%35
22Chevrolet1160.8%43%810.4%20
23Vauxhall1130.8%131%490.3%24
24Standard720.5%11%650.3%21
25Goggomobil700.5%900%70.0%37
26Saab680.5%1600%40.0%40
27Dodge600.4%5900%10.0%51
28Lloyd550.4%358%120.1%33
29Land Rover540.4%-4%560.3%23
30Warzava500.4%-80%2491.3%15
31De Soto500.4%-40%830.4%19
32Plymouth430.3%514%70.0%36
33Willys400.3%-73%1480.8%17
34BMW400.3%186%140.1%32
35Panhard350.2%3%340.2%26
36Rambler320.2%n/a00.0% –
37Goliath280.2%833%30.0%42
38Rover250.2%-24%330.2%27
39Mercury130.1%117%60.0%38
40Wolseley130.1%333%30.0%44
41Chrysler100.1%n/a00.0% –
42Jaguar60.0%-33%90.0%34
43Buick60.0%200%20.0%46
44Fulda50.0%150%20.0%47
45Barkas40.0%-88%320.2%28
46Sunbeam40.0%100%20.0%50
47Victoria40.0%new00.0% –
48Tempo30.0%200%10.0%52
49Alfa Romeo30.0%200%10.0%55
50Pontiac30.0%n/a00.0% –
51Heinkel20.0%-50%40.0%41
52Armstrong-Siddeley20.0%0%20.0%48
53Oldsmobile20.0%n/a00.0% –
54Nash20.0%n/a00.0% –
55ZIM10.0%-98%480.2%25
56Singer10.0%-67%30.0%43
57Cadillac10.0%-50%20.0%49
58Packard10.0%0%10.0%53
59Lincoln10.0%0%10.0%56
60Allard10.0%0%10.0%57
61Zundapp10.0%n/a00.0% –
62Riley10.0%n/a00.0% –
63Horsh10.0%n/a00.0% –
64Adler10.0%n/a00.0% –
65Porsche10.0%n/a00.0% –

Source: Autontuojat / Dokumentit. Many thanks to Vesa.

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