13 August 2014

Finland Top 4 Brands : 1980-89

The popular Nissan Cherry

Finland became more settled with the top 4 brands in the 1980's. Sales rose consistently through the decade, starting from 103,100 in 198 to 176,800 in 1989. There was an increase in every year except a slight drop in 1983.

Two Japanese brands took turns at the top, no doubt reliability a major factor in a harsh climate. GM Opel took over from Ford as the US representative and Lada did surprisingly well. The right column shows the share the top 4 took and that dropped marginally through the ten years covered here.

Yr 1st Sales % 2nd Sales % 3rd Sales % 4th Sales % %
1980 Niss 17.2 17 Toyo 11.0 11 Lada 9.4 9 Fiat 8.6 8 45
1981 Niss 15.2 14 Ford 10.3 10 Toyo 9.5 9 Lada 9.4 9 42
1982 Niss 18.6 15 Ford 12.5 10 Toyo 11.2 9 Opel 10.7 8 41
1983 Niss 15.6 13 Toyo 12.7 11 Ford 9.8 8 Lada 9.6 8 40
1984 Niss 14.9 12 Toyo 12.9 10 Lada 11.4 9 Ford 11.2 9 40
1985 Toyo 17.0 12 Niss 15.4 11 Opel 12.9 9 Lada 11.5 8 41
1986 Toyo 18.7 13 Niss 15.3 11 Lada 12.7 9 Opel 12.6 9 41
1987 Toyo 22.4 15 Niss 15.8 10 Lada 14.7 10 Opel 12.8 8 43
1988 Toyo 24.7 14 Niss 18.3 11 Opel 15.7 9 Lada 15.4 9 42
1989 Toyo 24.3 14 Opel 19.1 11 Niss 16.6 9 Lada 13.4 7 41

Data source: Thanks to Autolan Tiedotuskeskus.
For other decades: 1956-59, 1960-69, 1970-79, 1990-99, and 2000-13.

I guess they were solid and practical

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