For those who’ve graduated highschool previously 43 years, congratulations. Even when it did not occur till you had been 20 years outdated, it nonetheless counts. However do you bear in mind what the bestselling automotive was that yr? Don’t fret, your reply will not be scored. We have taken gross sales information from annually ranging from 1978 till now, to indicate which automotive bought probably the most annually. It is an attention-grabbing comparability of automotive selection from the late Seventies, the place automotive gross sales peaked in 1998 when the Toyota Camry started to constantly dominate gross sales. Not too long ago we have seen the identical automotive obtain best-seller repeatedly for the previous 19 years, though general gross sales of vehicles proceed to say no. This record doesn’t embody 2021 gross sales of vehicles or SUVs; the Ford F-series has been the bestselling general automobile and truck in america for fairly a while.

1978: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 520,279 models bought

Oldsmobile downsizes the Cutlass for 1978, and would you be capable of guess what occurs to gross sales? Nothing! Regardless of the smaller measurement, gross sales are undiminished. Greater than half 1,000,000 Cutlasses flood American driveways this yr—regardless of the four-door sedan’s ungainly fastback styling.

1979: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 518,160 models bought

The mid-size automotive from GM’s middle-tier division, the Oldsmobile Cutlass, stays the best-selling automotive in American for the second yr in a row. It’s a mainstay of the American center class within the late ’70s.

1980: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 469,573 models bought

To the auto business, because the Eighties daybreak, they give the impression of being very like the late Seventies, with the Oldsmobile Cutlass once more being the best-selling automotive within the land. It’s the third yr through which the Cutlass takes the highest spot, though its gross sales volumes are decrease.

1981: Oldsmobile Cutlass — 454,188 models bought

In 1981, the streets are pretty suffering from Oldsmobile Cutlasses, and for good motive: The Oldsmobiles notched their fourth yr as America’s best-selling vehicle.

1982: Ford Escort — 337,667 models bought

The Ford Escort, which had changed the traditional Pinto as Ford’s small-car providing in 1981, emerges because the best-selling automotive in America within the recession yr of 1982. So lengthy, Oldsmobile Cutlass.

1983: Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme — 331,179 models bought

Wait, the Cutlass isn’t out of the gross sales hunt but! In 1983, the Cutlass Supreme once more finds itself in a comfortably acquainted spot because the best-selling automotive in america, wresting its throne again from the Ford Escort. (It retakes the gross sales crown even with out counting the just lately launched front-wheel-drive Cutlass Ciera.) However it is also the final time the Cutlass—or any Oldsmobile—occupies the highest spot. This is also the yr we occur to check the primary Toyota Camry, a sedan that, a few years later (and some slides past this one on this record), would ascend to the Olds’ gross sales throne. Coincidence?

1984: Chevrolet Cavalier — 383,752 models bought

For the second time on this still-young decade, a small automotive is the nation’s best-seller. However as an alternative of the Ford Escort (as in 1982), the Chevrolet Cavalier, that takes the highest spot.

1985: Chevrolet Cavalier — 422,927 models bought

Chevrolet’s Cavalier is primary in gross sales for the second yr in a row in 1985. Serving to put the Cavalier within the high spot is the truth that it was bought in 5 physique types: coupe, sedan, hatchback, wagon, and convertible.

1986: Chevrolet Celeb — 408,946 models bought

The Chevrolet Celeb—the front-drive mid-size entry that made its debut as an ’82 mannequin—emerges because the best-selling automotive in america for 1986, supplanting its smaller sibling, the Cavalier, to take the crown.

1987: Ford Escort — 392,360 models bought

In 1987, the Ford Escort is the best-selling automotive for the second time, 5 years after it first achieves that milestone. The Ford division is ascendant, as Escort shares the gross sales podium with the jellybean-shaped Ford Taurus, which was in second place that yr (and made our 10Best Automobiles record).

1988: Ford Escort — 381,330 models bought

The Ford Escort is the best-selling automotive in 1988, the second yr in a row—and the second yr through which it beats out the Ford Taurus for the highest spot. The Escort may be had for as little as $6632 in base-model Pony trim.

1989: Honda Accord — 362,707 models bought

Within the remaining yr of its third era, the Honda Accord turns into the best-selling passenger automotive in america. In contrast to its predecessors, the third-gen Accord has the good thing about three physique types: sedan, hatchback, and coupe (pictured right here); like its predecessors, it simply wins a spot on our annual 10Best Automobiles record for 1989.

1990: Honda Accord — 417,179 models bought

The Honda Accord grows to mid-size stature with the arrival of its fourth era for 1990 and enjoys a gross sales surge, surpassing 400,000 models and opening up a greater than 100,000-unit lead over the second-place Ford Taurus. Once more, it’s named to our 10Best Automobiles record.

1991: Honda Accord — 399,297 models bought

Gross sales of the Honda Accord dip barely in 1991, however the mannequin stays the best-selling passenger automotive in america. It’s once more comfortably forward of the runner-up Ford Taurus, which it leads by 100,000 models, and once more it’s named to our 10Best Automobiles record.

1992: Ford Taurus — 409,751 models bought

The Ford Taurus topples the Honda Accord because the best-selling passenger automotive in 1992, a a lot ballyhooed achievement. Ford closely trumpets its win, ignoring critics who say that the Taurus’s complete was bolstered by fleet gross sales. And wouldn’t you recognize it, the identical yr the Taurus unseats the Accord in gross sales, it additionally ascends to our 10Best Automobiles ranks, whereas the Honda doesn’t.

1993: Ford Taurus — 360,448 models bought

The Ford Taurus repeats its win in 1993, staying forward of the Honda Accord to take care of the highest spot amongst passenger vehicles, whilst gross sales of each fashions sink by double digits.

1994: Ford Taurus — 397,037 models bought

The Ford Taurus is the best-selling passenger automotive once more for 1994, with the Honda Accord once more in second place, though the then new Accord makes its method again onto our 10Best Automobiles record.

1995: Ford Taurus — 366,266 models bought

The Ford Taurus continues its run because the best-selling passenger automotive for the fourth yr in a row, regardless that gross sales of the ageing mannequin drop by almost 8 p.c in comparison with the yr earlier than.

1996: Ford Taurus — 401,049 models bought

A redesigned Ford Taurus arrives for 1996, and though its radically ovoid styling is roundly criticized, the thrill across the new Ford is sufficient to maintain the nameplate in first place amongst passenger vehicles, regardless of a surging Honda Accord.

1997: Toyota Camry — 397,156 models bought

In 1997, the Toyota Camry beats out each the Ford Taurus (which drops to second place) and the Honda Accord to turn into America’s best-selling passenger automotive for the primary time. Its V-6–powered model additionally makes our 10Best Automobiles record.

1998: Toyota Camry — 429,575 models bought

The Toyota Camry enjoys its second yr because the best-selling passenger automotive. For automotive gross sales, 1998 seems quite a bit like 1997, with the second- and third-place finishers—the Honda Accord and the Ford Taurus—additionally unchanged.

1999: Toyota Camry — 448,162 models bought

Vehicles seize greater than half of the new-vehicle marketplace for 1999, however amongst passenger vehicles, the Toyota Camry continues to reign supreme. The Camry enjoys a considerable lead over the second-place Honda Accord and the third-place Ford Taurus. That is additionally the yr when Toyota provides the Camry Solara coupe and convertible fashions to the Camry household as successors to the Camry coupe it discontinued after 1996.

2000: Toyota Camry — 422,961 models bought

The Camry, following a light-weight refresh for the 2000 mannequin yr, once more outsells its four-door rivals from Honda and Ford.

2001: Honda Accord — 414,718 models bought

Is that this roundup beginning to really feel like a prize battle between the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry? For 2001, the Accord snatches high gross sales honors again from its rival.

2002: Toyota Camry — 434,135 models bought

The Camry is all new for the 2002 mannequin yr, and that very same yr marks the start of the Toyota sedan’s 18-consecutive-year run because the top-selling automotive in America. We have executed you the favor of compiling the gross sales numbers for every Camry era under, as an alternative of constructing you scroll by 18 extra images of Camrys. Sorry, in the event you’re into that kinda factor.

2003: Toyota Camry — 413,296

2004: Toyota Camry — 426,990

2005: Toyota Camry — 431,703

2006: Toyota Camry — 448,445 models bought

Gross sales of the Toyota Camry start to ramp up, apparently in response to the discharge of the all-new 2007-model-year instance in early 2006. The brand new Camry sports activities extra attention-grabbing styling and an accessible 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6. Additionally this yr, the Camry positive factors a fuel-efficient hybrid mannequin (pictured right here). In 2007 the Camry’s gross sales quantity is the best recorded for the reason that Oldsmobile Cutlass’s epic 1979 gross sales. The next yr, Camry gross sales decline considerably as 2008 is the yr the American economic system drives off the rails. Skip forward to 2010 and the Camry numbers high the charts, even throughout recollects that stole headlines. The unintended-acceleration furor seems to be over little greater than ill-fitted flooring mats, not precise mechanical defects.

2007: Toyota Camry — 473,108

2008: Toyota Camry — 436,617

2009: Toyota Camry — 356,824

2010: Toyota Camry — 327,804

2011: Toyota Camry — 308,510

2012: Toyota Camry — 404,886 models bought

The Camry’s complete redesign proves to be a robust gross sales booster, with 2012 volumes eclipsing 2011 volumes by almost 100,000 models. However, the Camry continues its finishing-order streak in Automotive and Driver comparability exams, inserting fifth in one other six-car showdown. There is a dramatic change in gross sales quantity for the Camry in 2016. This has much less to do with the Camry than with market forces general: Vehicles and SUVs are ridiculously in style, so gross sales of conventional vehicles start to fade.

2013: Toyota Camry — 408,484

2014: Toyota Camry — 428,606

2015: Toyota Camry — 429,355

2016: Toyota Camry — 388,618

2017: Toyota Camry – 387,081 models bought

Automotive gross sales proceed their sluggish decline within the U.S. in 2017, though that very same yr the Camry is all new (and labeled a 2018 mannequin). America’s best-selling automotive ranks seventh in 2018 gross sales general when vehicles and SUVs are factored in. Different Camry sales-beaters embody the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Ford F-150. In 2020, gross sales took a 13 p.c drop, because of world pandemic that put the world in park. Camry gross sales in 2021 had been a greater displaying, and put the Camry in sixth place of the bestselling for the

2018: Toyota Camry — 343,439

2019: Toyota Camry — 336,978

2020: Toyota Camry — 294,348

2021: Toyota Camry — 313,795

Bestselling Automobiles, Vehicles, and SUVs of 2021

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