Tuesday, 27 June 2017

UK Car Sales By Brand : 1975-79

The Chrysler Alpine.   

Local: In this period, Ford took over from BL and Ford has been number one in the UK ever since. Both the Cortina and Escort were one and two throughout this period.

The market was growing but BL was going backwards. Austin/Morris had dropped slightly, the Mini, Marina and Allegro were the best sellers in the UK.  Rover had about doubled from 74-79 thanks to the SD1 (13th in 1978), while Triumph was all but finished with the aging Toledo/1500/Dolomite range.

Chrysler Europe combined Hillman and Simca as one brand in 1977 with some quite good cars. The Avenger and Hunter fell out of the top 10 in the early part of this period while the Alpine got to 11th place in 1977. Vauxhall had the locally made Chevette and imported Cavalier doing well as strong top 10 models.

Imports: Nissan has been a long time favourite in the UK, the Sunny model making 10th spot twice in this five year period. Recently on a car forum in the Netherlands, someone asked why Nissan was so strong in the UK. An answer came that patriotism was the reason because they are made in the UK, but they weren't made there to well into the 1980's.

Premium brands were hardly to be seen back in those times, with mainstream vehicle predominating. Volvo was the best selling of them back then.

75 76 77 78 79 Make 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
2 2 1 1 1 Ford 259,124 324,659 340,319 392,366 485,559
1 1 2 2 2 BLMC 356,429 342,278 312,680 360,981 326,547
4 4 5 4 3 Chrysler 78,515 72,185 79,730 112,562 119,433
3 3 3 3 4 Vauxhall 87,949 114,954 120,600 130,993 112,398
5 5 4 5 5 Nissan 64,011 68,853 82,133 101,735 102,395
6 6 7 7 6 Renault 56,650 56,855 55,862 69,627 93,468
7 7 6 6 7 Fiat 38,392 48,595 66,015 72,192 70,626
8 8 8 8 8 Volkswagen 32,570 31,405 32,714 47,055 60,061
14 12 11 10 9 Peugeot 14,811 18,020 22,632 31,345 37,980
11 9 12 11 10 Volvo 17,010 22,217 21,772 29,868 36,583
9 11 10 9 11 Citroen 22,049 21,001 23,974 31,957 34,015
10 10 9 12 12 Toyota 20,270 22,094 24,157 28,334 32,220
17 13 13 13 13 Opel 10,307 15,649 16,248 22,199 27,216
24 21 17 15 14 Lada 5,713 8,541 12,286 17,974 22,270
18 14 14 14 15 Honda 10,110 13,328 14,430 19,480 17,849
16 17 16 19 16 Mazda 10,549 10,434 12,802 12,810 17,770
13 15 15 16 17 Audi-NSU 15,629 12,492 13,244 16,167 16,227
22 20 22 22 18 BMW 7,233 8,621 8,481 10,506 14,058
20 22 21 17 19 Alfa Romeo 8,287 7,966 8,637 13,061 13,638
26 24 24 21 20 Mitsubishi 2,983 6,701 6,817 10,612 10,696
19 19 18 23 21 Skoda 9,353 8,952 9,447 9,890 10,243
21 23 25 25 22 Saab 7,380 6,908 4,845 6,407 8,976


20 20 23 Lancia
see Fiat 9,323 11,764 8,951
15 18 19 18 24 Jaguar 12,258 10,401 9,387 12,812 8,035
25 25 23 24 25 Mercedes 5,530 5,825 6,981 6,935 7,914
28 28 27 26 26 FSO 2,023 1,855 1,501 3,605 6,530


31 28 27 Subaru

72 1,514 3,443
27 27 28 27 28 Land Rover 2,186 1,881 1,482 1,954 2,402
31 29 29 30 29 RR/Bentley 1,354 1,438 1,215 1,324 1,347




30 Porsche



918
30 26 26 29 31 Reliant 1,498 2,602 2,262 1,453 818
34 31 30 31 32 Lotus 383 544 432 674 697




33 Suzuki



475


33 32 34 AMC

7 352 429
29 32 33 34
Wartburg 1,642 338 7

12 16


Simca 16,921 10,720 see Chrys

23 30 33

DAF 6,358 1,013 7

32 33


Moskvitch 1,260 314


33 34


Jensen 429 224



Others 9,019 8,229 1,024 1,433 4,088

Total 1,196,185 1,288,092 1,323,525 1,591,941 1,716,275

Data source: SMMT.

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