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Argentina: 1960-2023 Historical Data now available

The Ford Falcon was a regular fixture atop Argentina’s ranking in the sixties and seventies

NOW UPDATED with 12 additional articles for the 1960-1989 period and the most produced models in Argentina since 1951

Historical Data spanning 60 years is now available for Argentina. We now have the #1 model for each year since 1960 except 1964, 66, 67 and 68. For 1988 and each year from 1994 onwards there is at least a Top 10 best-selling models ranking.

Renault 12 Alpine Argentina. Picture courtesy of Renault 12 topped the Argentinean sales charts 9 times between 1976 and 1988.

The Ford F-100 is the oldest known best-seller in Argentina (in 1960), followed by the IKA-Renault Dauphine in 1962, with the sixties dominated by the Fiat 600 (in 1969 and 1970). An Argentina-specific Ford Falcon manages to hold the annual pole position six times, the first time in 1965 and the last nearly two decades later in 1983… The Renault 12 does even better, best-seller nine times between 1976 and 1988…

Fiat Duna Argentina 1995. Picture courtesy of Fiat Duna was #1 in Argentina from 1990 to 1994.

The Peugeot 504, launched in 1969, is the most produced car in the country’s history at 494,693 units and still ranked inside the Top 10 in 1996 in a facelifted version only sold in Argentina. It however never managed to rank #1 at year-end… Argentinean consumers are big fans of sedans and made the Fiat Duna, a Uno Sedan, their favourite from 1990 to 1994 whereas at the same time the Uno hatchback struggled to break into the Top 10… At first, the VW Senda (sedan) was also more successful than its hatchback version, the Gol…

1996 is the first year the VW Gol ranked #1 in Argentina (1987 in Brazil)

This changed from 1996 onwards, when Volkswagen’s longtime best seller in South America started a reign that would originally last for 10 years until 2008, only interrupted in 1997 by the Renault 19 and in 2001-02 by the Renault Clio, before the Chevrolet Corsa took the lead in 2009 and kept it until 2013 under a new name: Classic. In 2014, 2015 and 2017 the VW Gol reclaimed the lead. Then the Toyota Hilux topped the charts in 2016 and from 2018 to 2020. Since 2021, the Fiat Cronos has been in pole position.

You can see the ranking of all models produced in Argentina here:

Argentina – Historical Data:

Argentina 1960: Chevrolet Apache and Ford F-100 dominate local production

Argentina 1962: Locally produced IKA-Renault Dauphine most popular

Argentina 1963: IKA Rambler takes the lead

Argentina 1965: Ford Falcon instant best-seller

Argentina 1969-1970: Fiat 600 sovereign

Argentina 1971-1972: Ford Falcon reclaims leadership

Argentina 1973-1975: Fiat 128 and Ford Falcon fight it out

Argentina 1976-1978: First years of Renault 12 reign

Argentina 1979: Ford Falcon comes back

Argentina 1980: Renault 12 best-seller

Argentina 1981: Last hurrah for the Fiat 128

Argentina 1982: The only year the Ford Taunus tops the charts

Argentina 1983: Swan song for the Ford Falcon

Argentina 1984-1988: Renault 12 dominates for 5 years in a row (with Top 10 for 1988)

Argentina 1989: Fiat Spazio surprise (and quick) leader

Argentina 1990-1993: Fiat Duna leads the way

Argentina 1994: Fiat Duna and Spazio on top

Argentina 1995: Renault 9 and Fiat Duna fight it out

Argentina 1996: VW Gol takes the lead

Argentina 1997: The only year the Renault 19 finished #1

Argentina 1998-1999: VW Gol, Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Corsa on top

Argentina 2000: VW Gol leads, Peugeot 206 on podium

Argentina 2001-2002: Renault Clio on top

Argentina 2003-2005: VW Gol dominates

Argentina 2006-2008: VW Gol, Chevrolet Corsa and Peugeot 206 on top

Argentina 2009: Chevrolet Corsa new leader, Peugeot 207 Compact #2

Argentina 2010: Chevrolet Corsa Classic best-seller

Argentina 2011: Chevrolet Classic #1 in record year

Argentina 2012: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Duster shines

Argentina 2013: Chevrolet Classic #1, Renault Clio Mio on podium in record year

Argentina 2014: VW Gol new leader in market down 29%

Argentina 2015: VW Gol Trend leads, market still troubled

Argentina 2016: Toyota Hilux takes control for the first time

Argentina 2017: VW Gol, Renault Sandero and Chevrolet Onix top market up 27%

Argentina 2018: With Hilux and Etios, Toyota scores first-ever 1-2 in market down 11%

Argentina 2019: VW, Toyota Hilux top weakest market in 13 years

Argentina 2020: VW and Toyota Hilux remain #1, Fiat Cronos up to #3 in market down -25.5%

Argentina 2021: Toyota and Fiat Cronos take control of market up 11.5%

Argentina 2022: Toyota and Fiat Cronos repeat at #1, Peugeot 208 #2, market up 6.7%

Argentina 2023: Toyota and Fiat Cronos threepeat at #1, market up 11.6%

This Post Has 5 Comments
  1. The Falcon was introduced in the USA in 1960-and was obviously in production in Arg by 1965-by which time the US original had been replaced.It was built until the 1990’s, by which time it had been joined on the Arg market by the more modern Sierra.Argentina also made the Hillman Avenger (launched 1970) badged as a Dodge,under licence.In 1980 it was rebadged as a VW 1500 after the Arg arm of Chrysler was taken over by Volkswagen. Again it lasted into the 1990’s,long after the British original was gone and forgotten.

  2. Sales in Servia August 2011:
    1.Fiat Automobili Srbija (FAS) 3.786
    2.Skoda 2.694
    3.Dacia 2.097
    4.Hyundai 1.623
    5.Opel 1.603
    6.Ford 1.468
    7.VW 1.466
    8.Renault 1.333
    9.Chevrolet 1.028
    10.Fiat 826
    11.Toyota 683
    12.Peugeot 488
    13.Kia 471
    14.Mercedes 467
    15.Citroën 408
    16.Audi 342
    17.Suzuki 292
    18.BMW 240
    19.Mazda 212
    20.Honda 208
    21.SEAT 207
    22.Mitsubishi 201
    23.Chery 92
    24.Land Rover 86
    25.Lada 79
    26.Volvo 55
    27.MINI 52
    28.Alfa Romeo 34
    29.Jeep 29
    30.Subaru 27
    31.Porsche 26
    32.Lexus 13
    33.Dodge 13
    34.Chrysler 11
    35.Smart 10
    36.Mahindra 9
    37.Saab 9
    38.Lancia 4
    39.SsangYong 0
    40.Hummer 0

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