NOW UPDATED with 11 additional articles for the 1962-1989 period and the most produced models in Argentina since 1951
Historical Data spanning 55 years is now available for Argentina. We now have the #1 model for each year since 1962 except 1964, 66, 67 and 68. For 1988 and each year from 1994 onwards there is at least a Top 10 best-selling models ranking.
The Renault 12 topped the Argentinean sales charts 9 times between 1976 and 1988!
The IKA-Renault Dauphine is the oldest known best-seller in Argentina (in 1962) with the sixties dominated by the Fiat 600 (in 1969 and 1970). An Argentina-specific Ford Falcon manages to hold the annual pole position six times, the first time in 1965 and the last nearly two decades later in 1983… The Renault 12 does even better, best-seller nine times between 1976 and 1988…
The Fiat Duna was #1 in Argentina from 1990 to 1994.
The Peugeot 504, launched in 1969, is the most produced car in the country’s history at 494,693 units and still ranked inside the Top 10 in 1996 in a facelifted version only sold in Argentina. It however never managed to rank #1 at year-end… Argentinean consumers are big fans of sedans and made the Fiat Duna, a Uno Sedan, their favourite from 1990 to 1994 whereas at the same time the Uno hatchback struggled to break into the Top 10… At first, the VW Senda (sedan) was also more successful than its hatchback version, the Gol…
This changed from 1996 onwards, when Volkswagen’s longtime best seller in South America started a reign that would originally last for 10 years until 2008, only interrupted in 1997 by the Renault 19 and in 2001-02 by the Renault Clio, before the Chevrolet Corsa took the lead in 2009 and kept it until 2013 under a new name: Classic. In 2014 the VW Gol reclaimed the lead, adding three more years to its reign and interrupted in 2016 by the Toyota Hilux.
You can see the ranking of all models produced in Argentina here:
Argentina – Historical Data:
Argentina 1984-1988: Renault 12 dominates for 5 years in a row (with Top 10 for 1988)
Source: ADEFA and ACARA