Posting its worst sales figures in 47 years, the iconic US brand has seen sales of less than one million units (931,000) in 2009, a number last seen in 1962. The figure represents a 36 per cent year-on-year fall.
It was a tough year for most car manufacturers in the US with Ford posting a 15 per cent annual drop in sales compared to the year prior. Toyota and Honda were both down 20 per cent while GM posted a 30 per cent sales drop.
The total estimated sales in the US for 2009 (for all car manufacturers) is estimated to be 10.6 million units – or to give some perspective, the lowest annual volume since 1982.