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World 1979: VW Golf passes Toyota Corolla to claim top spot

Japanese VW Golf

Let’s go back in time once again, this time by almost 35 years…

Thanks to René, one piece of the puzzle of Historical World car sales has been added today: based on information published in Dutch newspaper Limburgs Dagblad in 1981, we learn that the VW Golf, originally launched in 1974, managed to pass the Toyota Corolla to become the best-selling model in the entire world in 1979… A title it lost straight after in 1980 when the Corolla reclaimed the world crown by far… So there, the Corolla’s reign was interrupted for one small year between 1974 and 1998 when the Opel Corsa led the way, although I am still after World models rankings from 1981 to 1989 and from 1992 to 1996 to be able to 100% confirm this…

You can find all 1960-2011 World Historical Data here

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Source: Limburgs Dagblad, many thanks to René for sharing the data!

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Ah d’accord, pas de problème l’ami 🙂
    A partir de mi septembre je m’occuperai de toi pour les stats pour la France.
    Ton site est toujours adorable!!!!!!!
    à bientôt

  2. Salut Matt,
    merci pour ces articles, c’est super!!!!

    sinon à quand mettrai tu les statistiques pour l’Europe des années 90’s que je t’avais envoyé par mail, il y a ieurs mois? les gardes tu toujours?
    bon courage et à bientôt

    1. Salut STAC,
      Oui oui je les ai, je n’ai juste pas eu le temps de les ajouter – patience 🙂
      Merci encore et a bientôt

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