02 January 2016

UK Top 20 Models : 1985-89


In 1985, the Top 10 took over half the total sales, but never again would they have so much. For this five year period less changes took place when it came to model ranking. Top 10 figures are coloured brown and few changes can be observed.

For the first time, all Top 5 spots were taken by US brands, reflective of the retrenchment of Rover. The Escort ended eight years of being the best selling model in 1989. Ford had the top three places and four of the eight best selling models. GM's Vauxhall had three of the top seven. The Rover Group had three and all at the lower end of the Top 10.

Despite the steadily improving success of the Rover 200, it wasn't selling as well as previous cars from that firm. Peugeot got its first model into the Top 10 (the 205), albeit for just one year. Further down, European and Japanese brands were now dominating in the 10 to 20 area of the market.


Model 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985
1 Ford Escort 181,218 172,706 178,001 156,895 157,269
2 Ford Sierra 175,911 162,684 139,878 113,861 101,642
3 Ford Fiesta 149,358 144,991 153,453 143,712 124,143
4 Vauxhall Cavalier 130,615 96,462 98,490 113,475 134,334
5 Vauxhall Astra 115,294 98,086 88,637 80,067 76,553
6 Austin/MG Metro 99,373 116,811 108,223 109,351 118,817
7 Vauxhall Nova 71,047 56,937 42,659 48,465 61,358
8 Ford Orion 68,598 67,713 69,262 55,255 65,363
9 Rover 200 64,046 58,890 50,254 45,197 43,669
10 Austin/MG Montego 57,835 63,649 56,238 62,658 57,527







11 VW Golf 56,055 51,381 40,543 35,773 31,145
12 Nissan Micra 54,175 52,143 38,825 33,609 28,181
13 Peugeot 205 52,470 54,147 49,127 39,188 30,842
14 Peugeot 405 47,834



15 Nissan Bluebird 41,636 41,775 31,982

16 Citroen BX 38,658 36,134


17 Nissan Sunny 36,685
38,800
28,700
18 Austin/MG Maestro 36,535 43,982 43,815 51,465 73,955
19 Peugoet 309 35,804 35,524 42,691 28,257
20 Ford Granada 33,519 35,524 35,091 37,401 26,057

Volvo 300
43,452 39,032 39,407 35,558

Fiat Uno
40,708 38,801 31,099 25,901

VW Polo


32,791 31,489

Renault 5


28,570 27,338

Top 10 1,113,295 1,038,929 991,563 935,204 970,961

% of Total 48.4 46.9 49.2 46.4 53.0

Total 2,300,944 2,215,574 2,013,693 2,013,693 1,832,408

Data source: SMMT.

Other years in the series:
65-6970-7475-7980-8490-9495-9900-0405-0910-14.

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