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Australia 1988: Ford Falcon at 13.3% share, holds off new Commodore

Ford Falcon

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The Australian new passenger car market is on the mend: up 16% year-on-year in 1988 to 521,961 registrations, yet remaining at 15 year-lows: excepting 1987, car sales in Australia haven’t been that weak since 1972. Ford remains by far the best-selling manufacturer in the country thanks to 134,160 sales but sees its market share thaw from 28.6% in 1987 to 25.7% this year. Toyota reclaims the #2 it lost last year from Holden at 19.3% (+23%) vs. 17.6% (+9%). Below Mitsubishi (+17%), Nissan is up 36% to 10.9% while Honda shoots up a spectacular 77% to catch up with Mazda at #7. Model-wise, the Ford Falcon leads the way with a mammoth 13.3% market share (2 points less than in 1987) ahead of the Holden Commodore and Mitsubishi Magna while the Toyota Camry is up 3 spots to #4 and the Nissan Pulsar up two to #7.

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USSR 1988: Lada 2106 leads, Samara on podium

Lada Samara

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In 1988, the private new car market is down 8% year-on-year to 754,600 registrations, with the sales to state organisations, intelligence services and the army down 14% to 165,950 units. The VAZ 2106 keeps the pole position with sales up 1% to 216,890 and 28.7% share, while its archenemy the Moskvich 2140, at the end of its life, loses 28% on 1987 but stays #2 at 150,804 units. The Lada Samara climbs onto the podium at #3 with 95,028 sales (+7%).

Lada Niva 4×4

The IZH 2125 Kombi incredibly gains 3% to 47,500 units at #5 and the Lada Niva 4×4 is up a fantastic 32% at #6 with 40,243 sales, followed by the Lada 2107 and 2105.

GAZ 21-40 “Volga”

Moskvich 2141 “Aleko”

ZAZ 1102 “Tavria”

The GAZ 21-40 “Volga” is up one spot to #9 at 21,164 units. There are two new entrants in the 1987 models ranking: the Moskvich 2141 “Aleko” lands directly at #10 with 15,000 sales and the ZAZ 1102 “Tavria” ranks #13 with 2.100 units. Note imports started being allowed into the USSR on March 16, 1988.

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Argentina 1984-1988: Renault 12 dominates for 5 years in a row

Renault 12 Alpine Argentina. Picture courtesy of 12

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Even though it has been on sale in the country for nearly two decades by the time its reign comes to an end, the Renault 12 manages to top the Argentinean sales charts for 5 years in a row between 1984 and 1988, bringing its total to 9 years (add 1976 to 1978 and 1980). This is more than any other model in the history of automobile in Argentina, a record that would be equaled by the VW Gol in 2008.


Peugeot 504 

In 1988, two oldies dominate the Argentinean models ranking: the Renault 12 leads the way with 18,240 sales and a very impressive 13.5% market share, followed by the 20 year-old Peugeot 504, recently facelifted, at 13,259 units and 9.8%. Rounding up the podium is the Fiat Spazio (aka 127) with 11,957 sales and 8.8%, just above the Renault 18 at 8.4%. The Renault 11 takes the 5th spot at 6.9% ahead of the Ford Sierra at 6.5% and the VW Gacel at 5.8%.

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Italy 1988: Fiat Uno leads, Fiat Tipo close to 14% in December

Fiat Uno

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No surprise atop the 1988 models ranking in Italy: the Fiat Uno keeps the pole position with a solid 17.2% share and 374,850 units sold, down 12% on 1987. The big event this year is the arrival of the Fiat Tipo: it launched in January 1988 – I still remember discovering it eyes wide open while on ski holidays in Italy then! – and managed to finish the year at a massive 10% market share, landing directly in 2nd position with 217,410 sales. It even threatened the Uno towards the end of the year, grabbing a huge 13.9% share of the Italian market in December with the Uno at 16%.

Fiat Tipo

Fiat is back to monopolising the podium, with the Fiat Panda ranking third at 212,614 units and 9.7%. Excellent year for the Autobianchi Y10, up 37% and one spot to 4th place with 110,990 sales and 5.1%, ahead of the VW Golf, down 7% to 5th place and 4.6% share. The Renault 5 is down two spots to #6 while the Peugeot 205 is up one spot to #7.

Alfa Romeo 164

Notice the Opel Kadett breaking into the year-end Top 10 in 10th place, up 6 spots and 29% to 44,500 sales and 2% share. The Alfa Romeo 164 makes its first appearance in the Top 20 for its first full year of sales at #20, 29,620 units and 1.4% share.

Previous year: Italy 1987: Fiat Uno above 400,000 sales again

Next year: Italy 1989: Fiat Uno, Tipo and Panda on podium

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USA 1988: Chevrolet C/K pickup and Corsica impress

Chevrolet CK Pickup USA 1988Chevrolet C/K Pickup

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The best-selling vehicle in the United States is once again the Ford F-Series in 1988 thanks to sales up another 3% to 564,471 units, and this year it is followed by the Chevrolet C/K Pick-up, up 26% to 474,208 sales thanks to the new generation, reclaiming the #2 spot it last held in 1985.

Chevrolet Corsica USA 1988Chevrolet Corsica

The Ford Escort remains the best-selling Passenger Car in the country for the 2nd year running, but it was by the skin of its teeth this time at 387,815 sales (-1%) vs. 380,301 for the Chevrolet Corsica/Beretta (+78%) and 374,627 for the Ford Taurus (+6%). The Honda Accord for its part continues its seemingly unstoppable progression at +8% to 362,683 sales but drops one spot on 1987 to #6 because of the Corsica’s surge.

Plymouth Voyager USA 1988Plymouth Voyager

Other great performers this year include the Ford Tempo up 30% to break into the US Top 10 at #9, the Chevrolet S-10 pickup up 11% to #12, Dodge Caravan up 38% to #17, Toyota Camry up 22% to #18, Toyota Corolla up 32% to #19 and Plymouth Voyager up 37% to #20. Notice also the Jeep Cherokee up 15 spots to #30, the Buick Regal up 39 to #36 and the Pontiac Grand Prix up 108 to #48.

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France 1988: Renault Supercinq & Peugeot 205 at highest volumes

Renault Supercinq

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The French car market reaches a new volume record this year, up 5% on 1987 at 2,217,149 units. Both the Renault Supercinq and the Peugeot 205, in that order again, deliver their highest ever annual volume this year. The Supercinq is #1 for the third consecutive year with 241,653 sales and 10.9% share, ranking 1st 7 times and peaking at 13.1% share in March.

Peugeot 205

The Peugeot 205 is 2nd again at 230,568 units and 10.4% share, ranking 1st 5 times and peaking at 12.6% share in June. The Renault 21 rounds out the podium with 155,190 sales and 7% of the market, it is threatened this year by the Peugeot 405 at #4 for its first full year of sales with 138,562 units sold for a 6.2% share. It ranked 3rd at 7.4% in June.

Peugeot 405

The Citroen AX is doing reasonably well, finishing the year in 5th place with 128,586 sales and 5.8%, up 41% on 1987 and peaking at a brilliant 3rd place (6.1%) in August.

Citroen AX

The VW Golf takes the lead of foreign models at #8 overall and 77,595 units, possibly the highest annual volume ever achieved by a foreign car in France. At 3.5% share it is up a massive 31% over 1987 and is followed by the Fiat Uno (3%) and Opel Corsa (2.8%). Notice the arrival of the Renault 19 directly in 3rd place in September at a fantastic 7% share…

Previous year: see the 1987 France Top 100 best-selling models here.

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Europe 1988: VW Golf and Fiat Uno on top

VW Golf

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In 1988 the VW Golf is the best selling car in Europe by far, with 739,445 sales and 5.7% share, 47% of which coming from West Germany.

Fiat Uno

The Fiat Uno comes in 2nd place with 635,663 sales and 4.9%, 52% coming from Italy, just ahead of the Opel Kadett at 622,690 units and 4.8%. Two French cars follow: the Renault Supercinq in 4th position with 518,910 sales and the Peugeot 205 at #5 with 505,936. Then it’s 3 Fords in a row: the Escort, Sierra and Fiesta!

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Opel Kadett

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Sweden 1988: Volvo 700 leads, VW Golf #2 in record market

Volvo 740

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1988 is a record year for Swedish car sales: they are up 9% on 1987 to reach 343,963 units, a figure that remains unbeaten since. The Volvo 700 easily holds onto its pole position with sales up 10% to 46,711 units, the highest volume ever reached in a year by a single model in Sweden. It commends a sizeable 13.6% market share.

VW Golf

Possibly for the first time ever in Sweden, a foreign model climbs onto the 2nd spot: the VW Golf is up 9% and sells just under 20,000 units this year for a 5.8% market share. It is followed by the Volvo 200 (5.3%) and Opel Kadett (4.6%), both up spot and passing the Saab 900, down 29% at 4% share.

Notice the new Saab 9000 creeping up to 7th place (+42%), the Toyota Corolla up to #8 (+47%) and the Mazda 626 breaking into the Top 10 at #10 (+105%), making it 2 Japanese models in the Swedish year-end Top 10 for the very first time.

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South Africa 1988: Toyota Corolla and VW Golf dominate

Toyota Corolla

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The Toyota Corolla still reigns supreme in South Africa, #1 in 1988. It is followed by the VW Golf/Jetta and the Toyota Cressida, back on the podium like in the early 1980’s. The Honda Ballade holds itself in 4th place ahead of the Mercedes 200/300 and the Ford Laser/Meteor.

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