Honda Accord wins '89 car sales title

DETROIT - For first time ever, a foreign-badged auto is the best-selling car in the United States.

The Honda Accord won the crown for 1989 with sales of 362,707. The Ford Taurus was second with 348,061.

In 1988, the Accord was third behind the Ford Escort and Taurus.

PERSPECTIVE 2000

It was not a happy day for the Big 3. For the first time, a foreign-badged car had usurped a title that belonged to the Americans. And it wasn't even close. Honda won by 14,646 units.

It was no consolation that 59 percent of the Accords sold here in 1989 were made in Ohio.

And Honda added insult to injury. The Accord repeated as the best-selling car in 1990. And it won again in 1991.

Then came 1992 and a dollar blitzkrieg by Ford.

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