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In 1985, 10,968,515 new vehicles found a buyer in the USA, up 7% year-on-year. The brands ranking is fascinating: 11 American carmakers in the Top 15, 4 of them have disappeared since: Oldsmobile at #3 with 1,087,641 sales, Pontiac at #8 with 782,617, Mercury at #9 with 561,387 and Plymouth at #11 with 481,216. Toyota is the best-selling foreign brand at #5 with 905,405 units, followed by Nissan at #7 and 798,891 and Honda at #10 and 528,095. Notice also AMC-Renault at #20 with 145,733 sales and Peugeot at #30 and 18,101 units – both French manufacturers gave up on the US market shortly after that time.
The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in the country with 562,507 sales ahead of the Chevrolet C/K at 436,910. The Chevrolet Cavalier is #3 and best-selling Passenger Car at 431,031 units, ahead of the Ford Escort at 420,690, Chevrolet Celebrity at 363,619 and Oldmsobile Ciera at 333,585.
The Toyota Hilux/SR5 ranks at a brilliant 7th place thanks to 291,442 sales, while Oldsmobile places the Cutlass Supreme at #12 and the 88 at #15. The Chevrolet Camaro is #14, the Nissan Sentra is the most popular imported Passenger Car at #19 and 179,230 units, with the Toyota Corolla following at #20 and 168,378 sales. Notice also the US-made Honda Accord at #30, the Mercury Cougar XR7 at #42, the AMC-Renault Alliance selling 71,501 units (#73) and the AMC-Renault Encore at 39,172 sales (#117).
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Full Year 1985 Top 209 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.