Archive : Escort wins cut price car war

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


The fierce showrooms price war pushed new car sales in Britain to an all time high last year. The Ford Escort was most popular car of the year. Ford also remained in front overall with 26 per cent total sales, followed by Austin Rover with 17 per cent and Vauxhall with 16 per cent. The number of imported cars , including Ford and Vauxhall cars made abroad , sold In Britain rose to 58 per cent. Japanese cars accounted for about 10 per cent of the market, which saw some firms slash £1,000 off official prices.

The ten top selling cars in 1985, were:

  1. Ford Escort
  2. Vauxhall Cavalier
  3. Ford Fiesta
  4. Austin Metro
  5. Ford Sierra
  6. Vauxhall Astra
  7. Austin Montego
  8. Ford Orion
  9. Vauxhall Nova
  10. Austin Maestro

New car sales in Britain totalled 1,832,408, 4-7 per cent up on 1984 and two per cent more than 1983, the previous peak.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

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Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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