The Moskvitsh Elite was #5 in Finland in 1971
* See the 22 Finland Historical posts at the end of the article *
Thanks to Vesa Leinonen we have expanded our coverage of the Finland market to almost 50 years, going back to 1970. All-brands and Top 50 models annual rankings are now available without interruption from 1970 to 2000. Back in 1971, the Fiat 600 dominates the models ranking followed by the Opel Kadett and… the Toyota Corolla with Finland being one of its first successful forays into European markets.
The Lada 2105 was the best-seller in Finland in 1981
Russian brands have been very popular with Finnish consumers: the Moskvitsh Elite ranks #5 in 1971 and the Lada 2105 is #1 in 1981, #3 in 1991 and still in the Top 10 in 1993.
From 1991 onwards and for nearly 20 years the title of most popular model in Finland is a fight between the Toyota Corolla, #1 in 1991, 1993, 1998 and from 2002 to 2007, and the Opel Astra, leader in 1994, 1996 and 2001. In 2008 the VW Golf takes the relay for 3 years before passing it on to the Skoda Octavia in 2011. In 2012 the Nissan Qashqai takes the lead for the first time before returning its throne back to the VW Golf in 2013 with the Skoda Octavia reclaiming the pole position from 2014 onwards.
The links to all 1970-2017 Finland Historical Data articles are below.
Finland 1970: Ford Cortina best-seller above VW Beetle and Fiat 600
Finland 1971: Fiat 600 and Toyota Corolla on top, Moskvitsh Elite #5
Finland 1972: VW Beetle best-seller, Lada 1200 on podium
Finland 1981: Lada 2105 takes control, Datsun Cherry #2
Finland 1991: Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sunny in the lead
Finland 1993: Toyota Corolla sovereign
Finland 1994-1996: Opel Astra in command
Finland 1998: Toyota Corolla and Opel Astra dominate
Finland 2001: Opel Astra snaps up pole position
Finland 2002-2003: Toyota Corolla reclaims leadership
Finland 2004-2006: Toyota Corolla reigns
Finland 2007: Toyota Corolla resists, Skoda Octavia up to #2
Finland 2008-2009: VW Golf takes command
Finland 2010: VW Golf best-seller, Opel Astra up 166%
Finland 2011: Skoda Octavia new best-seller
Finland 2012: Nissan Qashqai #1 for the first time
Finland 2013: VW Golf back in charge
Finland 2014: Skoda Octavia overtakes VW Golf to pole position
Finland 2015: Skoda Octavia remains #1, VW Golf down 27%
Finland 2016: Skoda Octavia on top, Opel Astra up 180%
Finland 2017: Toyota passes VW, Skoda Octavia remains #1 model