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USA 1997: Toyota Camry takes command of passenger cars

Toyota Camry

* See the Top 30 best-selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at end of post! *

This year the traditional leading pick ups take a breather: the Ford F-Series is down 4% at 750,000 sales and the Chevrolet C/K is down 2% at 515,000 units. 1997 is the year the Toyota Camry became the best-selling passenger car in the USA with 400,000 sales, up 11%. It would hold that title for 12 of the next 13 years!

The Ford Explorer is down to #4 at -2%, ahead of the Dodge Ram (+4%), Honda Accord (stable) and Toyota Taurus, down a worrying 11%. Notice the Honda Civic up 2 spots and 11% to #8 and 315,000 sales and the Chevrolet Cavalier up 4 spots to #10 at 300,000 units.

Previous year: see the 1996 USA post here.

Full Year 1997 Top 30 Ranking Table below.

USA Full Year 1997:

PosModel199797/961996Pos
1Ford F-Series750,000-4%780,8381
2Chevrolet C/K515,000-2%526,9602
3Toyota Camry400,00011%359,4337
4Ford Explorer400,000-1%402,6633
5Dodge Ram Pick-up398,0004%383,9605
6Honda Accord384,0000%382,2986
7Ford Taurus357,000-11%401,0494
8Honda Civic315,00010%286,35010
9Dodge Caravan300,0000%300,1178
10Chevrolet Cavalier300,0008%277,22214
11Ford Ranger297,0003%288,3939
12Ford Escort284,0000%284,64411
13Jeep Grand Cherokee263,000-6%279,19512
14Saturn251,000-10%278,57413
15Chevrolet Lumina228,500-4%237,97316
16Toyota Corolla220,5005%209,04818
17Chevrolet Blazer220,000-11%246,30715
18Ford Expedition214,500n/an/an/a
19Ford Windstar210,0000%209,03319
20Pontiac Grand Am202,000-9%222,47717
21Chevrolet S Pick-up192,0001%190,17820
22Ford Club Wagon186,690
23GMC Sierra171,700
24Chevrolet Malibu165,000
25Nissan Altima160,000
26Ford Contour150,000
27Pontiac Grand Prix142,000
28Dodge Neon121,854
29Ford Mustang116,600
30Mercury Sable112,400

Source: manufacturers

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