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New car sales in Finland gain 3.9% year-on-year in 1980 to 103.184 units, and Datsun takes off to unchartered territory with deliveries up 30% to a record 16.7% share. Toyota surges 82% to 10.7% and 2nd place, making the Top 2 100% Japanese for the first time in Finnish history. Lada (-10%), Fiat (-16%) and Saab (-34%) are all knocked down one spot to #3, #4 and #5 respectively. Volvo (-16%) remains in 6th place ahead of Ford (-24%) and Opel (-25%) while Talbot (+151%) brilliantly breaks into the Top 10 at #9 for its first full year in market. Volkswagen (+5%) is relegated to 10th place, its worst ranking since stats began in 1956, also hit in 1976. Mazda (+36%), Mitsubishi (+212%) and Honda (+127%) all post spectacular results, making it five Japanese brands in the Top 15 for the first time.
To make Datsun’s triumph complete, the Cherry (+9%) overtakes the long-time best-seller the Lada 1200-2103 (-9%) to snap this year’s pole position with a record 10.1% share. The Toyota Corolla rallies back up 122% to return to the podium at #3, knocking the Fiat 127 (-3%) down to #4. The Datsun Sunny is up 3-fold and 11 spots to land at #5, making it three Japanese nameplates in the Top 5 for the first time. The Skoda 105-136 (+24%) is up three spots to #6 and the Talbot Horizon is the most popular newcomer, landing directly at #13. Notice also the Toyota Carina up 87% to #17, the Toyota Tercel up 40% to #18, the Honda Civic up 258% to #21, the Mazda 626 up 160% to #23 and Mitsubishi Colt up 236% to #26.
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Full Year 1980 Top 50 All-brands and models below.