Wednesday, 24 May 2017

US Car Production By Make : 1970-79

1979 Chevrolet Malibu 

US car production rose from 7.9m to 9.4m in this ten year period. However, this was the decade of GM as share rose from 46.5% to 57.4% and units made went from 3.7m to 5.4m. Ford only just grew numerically but the Ford nameplate fell. It relied on Mercury and Lincoln for the increase.

Chrysler and AMC went backwards. For the Chrysler Group Dodge and especially Plymouth slumped but the Chrysler nameplate grew strongly. As for AMC, it was losing money on its cars but being saved by it's Jeep division, whose sales don't count here as cars so do not appear below. However, AMC was struggling to compete and the 1980's would see changes.

The figures below are in thousands so you have to add three zeros.


YearGMFordChrysAMCTotal

19703,6812,4801,4832767,920

19713,7252,4821,4402457,892

19724,8372,7831,5552589,433

19735,5482,9641,79939210,703

19744,2322,6781,3494328,691

19753,6662,0769792426,963

19764,7882,4671,1732848,712

19775,7332,5541,4721829,941

19785,4442,7281,3231389,633

19795,3712,6951,1261699,361

The AMC Pacer (1975-80) was wide for a small car

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