* See ‘Read more’ for the Top 10 best-selling models, many thanks to Miguel for the data! *
From 1980 onwards, Japanese models are really dominant in South Africa. Nissan/Datsun sells the Nissan Violet as the Datsun Stanza in the country and leads the models ranking this year. It is followed by the Toyota Corolla and the Chevrolet Chevair, the name of the Opel Ascona in South Africa.
Other interesting models in the Top 10 include the Datsun Laurel at #5, the Alfa Romeo Alfetta at #6 and the Chevrolet Commodore, imported from Australia where it is sold as a Holden, at #9.
Full Year 1980 Top 10 Ranking Table below.