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USA 1979: Chevrolet places Impala/Caprice & Chevette on podium

Chevrolet Chevette

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…

Toyota Corolla

…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.

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Full 1979 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

USA 1979 (Passenger cars):

PosModel1979/781978Pos
1Chevrolet Impala/Caprice449,001-28%621,1401
2Oldsmobile Cutlass404,068-1%406,9932
3Chevrolet Chevette375,724n/an/an/a
4Chevrolet Malibu344,233-8%374,1244
5Ford Fairmont338,819-17%405,7803
6Chevrolet Citation308,437n/an/an/a
7Ford Mustang304,053n/an/an/a
8Toyota Corolla274,934n/an/an/a
9Chevrolet Monte Carlo265,877-25%355,0585
10Buick Regal249,379n/an/an/a

Source: Manufacturers, many thanks to Adam for sharing the data!

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