After the much anticipated (yes!) May World Roundup (no hyphen) article last Monday, I thought I’d spoil you and come back unannounced right in the middle of the week to lighten up a drab day at work. If you’re having a fantastic day at work, make your way out . If when you click on the link above you find you absolutely love that little Roundup of mine, then you are welcome to check out previous world Roundups here for March 2012 (“Has the Hybrid era started for good?”), and here for April 2012 (“Big change coming from India”).
Today, we are travelling through time to have a look at the best-selling models in the USA 20 years ago, in 1992. Yes, 1992 is 20 years ago. I know. I also feel like I just celebrated NYE 1993. But we are all 20 years older now. So if you are having a fantastic day at work, AND you were born after 1992, man/woman, just don’t talk to me ok?
So don’t talk to me and visit 164 additional countries and territories in my blog. There.
Now back to 1992.
And 1992 was the year of the Ford Taurus…
Many of us were convinced by the advert above that buying a Ford Taurus in 1992 was the best thing to do and as soon as the the second generation Ford Taurus was released it topped the passenger car ranking in the US for the first time for the 6 year-old nameplate. But the fight was tough. #1 passenger car in 1991, the Honda Accord was still leading the rankings by mid-year with 191,682 sales vs. 181,189 for the Taurus.
By the end of the year though, the Taurus was the best-selling passenger car in the USA for the very first time with 409,751 sales vs. 393,477 for the Accord. This figure of 409,751 sales remains to this date the Taurus’s strongest annual volume ever. It was the first time since 1988 and the Ford Escort that an American brand placed a car atop the passenger car ranking.
The Taurus would keep the title of best-selling passenger car in the country before passing the relay to the Toyota Camry in 1997. The Camry has kept the lead ever since (14 years!) except in 2001, when it was passed by the Honda Accord one last time.
The Ford F-Series topped the overall ranking for the 11th consecutive year with 472,475 sales, ahead of the Chevrolet C/K at 428,514 units.
Below the Taurus and Accord, the Ford Explorer takes the 5th spot overall at 306,681 units, ahead of the Toyota Camry, Dodge Caravan and Ford Ranger.
Top 10 best-selling models in the USA in 1992:
Further down the ranking, you can witness a lot of models from brands that have now disappeared: the Saturn SL ranked #15 with 196,126 sales…
…the Mercury Sable ranked #22 with 116,623 sales…
…the Geo Metro, a rebadged Suzuki Swift, was #28 at 94,995 units…
…the Oldsmobile Ninety Eight ranked #72…
…and the Eagle Talon was #78.
That’s all the nostalgia I have for you today!
Until next time!
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.