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

Volvo 244

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In 1975 the Norwegian car market passes the 100,000 annual registrations benchmark for the first time, up 14% year-on-year to 102,811 units. It then progresses further by a massive 24% in 1976 to reach 126,995 units. The new Volvo 240 Series replaces the 140 atop the models ranking, selling 7,944 units for a 7.7% market share in ’75 then 8,757 and 6.9% in ’76.

Toyota Corolla

The big event of the period in Norway is the thunderous arrival of the Toyota Corolla on the podium, something no Japanese model had ever achieved before in the country. It gains 6 spots and 141% in 1975 to land in an exceptional 2nd place with 5,873 sales and 5.7% share, then ranks #3 in 1976 at 6,581 units and 5.2%.

Mazda 929

Other successful models include the Ford Taunus at #2 in ’76, the Opel Kadett at #3 in ’75 and #6 in ’76. We also welcome in the Top 10 for the very first time the VW Golf, landing directly in 4th place in 1975 with 4,745 sales and 4.6% but falling to #7 and 3% in ’76. Mazda keeps feeding the Top 10 with new models: the Mazda 929 lands at #5 with 4.2% in ’75 and improves to #4 and 5% in ’76, just 0.2% below the Corolla and the highest scores ever for a Mazda in Norway…

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Full Year 1975 and 1976 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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