28 June 2014

Finland Top 4 Brands : 1956-59

I have car sales for the land of lakes that go back to 1956, thanks to Autoalan Tiedotuskeskus. Things were fluid back then, with brands up and down quite dramatically. There were also some different brands around too. For the different ones:

In the chart below, 'Mosk' stands for Moskvitch which basically means Moscovite. They were a solid car made for tough Russian roads and sold well back at this time, often with a waiting lists for their cars. GAZ was a Russian car named the M20, or as in Finland the Pobeda. Another unusual name is the 'Wart' or Wartburg. They were a car made in East Germany in Eisenach where the Wartburg castle is situated.

Moskvitch 402. Cars have come a long way since then

Sales back then in Finland were about 20,000 per annum, with just under 15,000 in 1958. Sales are in thousands with the decimal point for hundreds. The extreme right column represents the top 4 share of total sales, with says little at this point.

Yr 1st Sales % 2nd Sales % 3rd Sales % 4th Sales % %
1956 Mosk 4.1 19 GAZ 2.8 14 Skod 1.9 9 VW 1.9 9 51
1957 Mosk 4.8 25 Skod 4.8 25 VW 1.6 8 Wart 1.4 7 65
1958 VW 2.5 18 Ford 1.2 8 Fiat 1.2 8 Peug 1.1 8 41
1959 Mosk 3.6 17 Skod 2.9 14 VW 2.0 9 Fiat 1.2 5 45

GAZ M20 or the Pobeda. Stylish for its day

Data source: Thanks to Autolan Tiedotuskeskus.
For other decades: 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-99, and 2000-13.
Pobeda picture: Wiki/nailgun
Moskvitch picture: Wiki

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