The Chevrolet Impala/Caprice enjoys its third consecutive year atop the American ranking with almost 450,000 sales, down 28%, while the Oldsmobile Cutlass hangs onto its 2nd place for the third year in a row also, down just 1% to just over 400.000 units. Note Car and Driver has the Oldsmobile Cutlass at #1 with 518,160 sales.
The Chevrolet Chevette is the best-selling newcomer in the Top 10 this year, landing directly at #3 with over 375,000 sales. The Chevrolet Malibu stays 4th, down 8% and the Ford Fairmont is down 2 spots and 17% to #5. Other newcomers are the Chevrolet Citation at #6, the Ford Mustang at #7, the Buick Regal at #10…
…and the Toyota Corolla at #8. This is the first time a Japanese car ever ranks within the American Top 10, and certainly not the last! The Corolla sells over 275,000 units in 1979.
Full 1979 Top 10 Ranking Table below.
USA 1979 (Passenger cars):
|9||Chevrolet Monte Carlo||265,877||-25%||355,058||5|
Source: Manufacturers, many thanks to Adam for sharing the data!