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Japan 1982: Mazda Familia threatens Toyota Corolla

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* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to René *

Thanks to René we are able to get back in time to 30 years ago in Japan and explore the Top 10 models ranking for April 1982 and year-to-date. Surprise in pole position: it’s not the Toyota Corolla but the Mazda Familia that points its bonnet atop the models ranking thanks to 20,759 sales that month vs. 19,889 for the Corolla at #2. However year-to-date the Corolla is still in the lead with 84,798 units, ahead of the Nissan Sunny (#3 in April) at 74,492 and the Mazda Familia at 66,436.

Toyota Corolla

Nissan Sunny

Just outside the podium we find the Nissan Bluebird with 12,857 sales, also ranking #4 year-to-date down from #2 in 1981. The Toyota Corona ranks #5 at 12,078 units, followed by the Toyota Carina at 10,617 and the all-new Honda City at 10,378. The Toyota Crown, Toyota Mark II and Nissan Skyline complete the Top 10.

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Full April and 4 months 1982 Top 10 Ranking Tables below.

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