Friday, 28 April 2017

UK Top 20 Models : 1975-79

I decided to include the Top 20 as I had consistent data for each year. The first sales figures column is how the best 20 finished in 1979. Any models below were also all Top 20 finishers between 1975-78. If sales didn't make the Top 20, then the sales figure square is blank.

Looking at the Top 10 first. Seven US brands and three UK ones made up the best selling models. Ford had five of them, BLMC three and GM two. Medium sized cars sold well, with the Cortina, Marina and Cavalier all of that category. The small Escort, Allegro and Chevette likewise were popular. The Mini and Fiesta were the mini cars and the Granada the only big car.

From 11th place down, Datsun had a couple of solid selling models while BL added four more. Datsun did get the Sunny model at 10th, the first time for a Japanese model and before any European models could achieve that feat. Chrysler had cars down the list but clearly for such an important market as the UK, this was disappointing. A few European models were starting to show themselves but their impact was still modest. Top 10 figures are coloured brown.

1Ford Cortina193,784139,204120,601133,959106,837
2Ford Escort131,667114,415103,959126,263103,817
3Austin/Morris Mini82,93872,61760,33781,10784,668
4Morris Marina62,41082,63866,08871,28878,632
5Austin Allegro55,98561,53556,17555,21863,339
6Ford Fiesta58,68168,72340,934

7Ford Granada52,08938,09932,25728,01620,116
8Ford Capri49,14731,64242,81636,09827,678
9Vauxhall Cavalier46,51755,37341,12829,762
10Vauxhall Chevette44,19752,32751,76343,82719,847

11Datsun Sunny31,66537,92335,25730,44428,264
12Austin Princess31,25336,81329,81931,70229,067
13Austin Maxi30,16931,96026,33933,47626,969
14Chrysler Alpine29,93634,04633,31416,157
15Rover SD1/2.0-3.529,75631,66917,187
16Datsun Cherry29,37126,12624,92221,21316,233
17Chrysler Horizon29,014

18Renault 1828,724

19Chrysler Sunbeam27,75929,278

20Chrysler Avenger27,21931,16129,31431,44538,877

Triumph Tol/1.5/Dol

Fiat 127

Vauxhall Viva


Chrysler Hunter


Renault 5


VW Golf


Renault 12


Top 10777,415722,854619,058646,839619,053

% of Total45.345.446.850.351.8


Data source: SMMT.

Other years in the series:

1 comment:

  1. This post couldn’t be written any better, Thanks for sharing! Really, The Cortina is a wonderful little car. It made me think about getting something slow and simple and old for myself again.




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