20 New Auto Imports You Could Buy in 1980 Due to the large number of Imports from Europe and Japan available in the United States in 1980 we have created 2 car sections for the year, this page features some 20 Imports available for sale from Europe and Japan together with prices, Photos and Descriptions, most of these were also available in the European Market, our prices are based on US Dollar so prices around the world would depend on exchange rates at the time. From Europe we have included cars from Alfa Romeo, BMW, Fiat, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, MG, Porsche, Renault, Triumph and VW. From Japan our listings include Datsun, Honda, Mazda and Toyota, some of the models are still made today although updated many times in the last 30 years, BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord and Civic, Mazda 626, Toyota Corrola and VW Rabbit.
EPA : 18 MPG 4 cylinder dual overhead cam, 5 speed Manual Gearbox, Power Assisted Brakes, Alloy Wheels
EPA : 22 MPG 1.8 Litre 4 Cylinder Fuel Injected overhead cam engine, 5 speed manual transmission, sunroof, AM / FM radio with auto reverse stereo cassette tape, Recaro Sports Seats
EPA : 31 MPG Datsun 510 ( Changed Name to Nissan on all Models in 1985 ) 510
EPA : 25 MPG
4 door family sedan, features include variable assist power steering, front wheel drive, four wheel independent suspension, remote control outside mirror
EPA : 23 MPG 1.5 liter engine with body styling by the well known Bertone, this Targa sports car includes roll over bars and form fitting bucket seats
The new 1980 Honda Civic was larger than earlier versions with a longer wheelbase providing more passenger room and leg space, front wheel drive, transverse mounted engine, rack and pinion steering and four wheel independent strut suspension
The new 1980 Mazda 626 offering extraordinary performance, fine craftsmanship, high fuel efficiency with an EPA of33 MPG highway, generous interior room and luggage space featuring a 2 Litre 4 cylinder overhead cam engine, power assisted front disc brakes, 5 speed overdrive transmission, AM/FM Stereo Radio rear window defroster, electric remote control for door mirror, tinted glass and tachometer, many of these features would normally only be found on high end European models costing significantly more.
A rotary engined ( Licensed from NSU-Wankel )sports car, offering high performance including 0 to 50 in 6. 3 seconds, included in the price are the following AM / FM stereo Radio, tinted glass, 5 speed transmission, Tachometer, vented front disk and finned rear drum brakes, air conditioning.
2 plus 2 Coupe, 4.5 Litre V8 Engine, Automatic Transmission, Power Assisted Steering
4 Cylinder 1.8 Litre, 4 speed manual transmission,
Engine is a 4 cylinder with choice of a 4 speed manual gearbox or 3 speed automatic transmission with MacPherson strut suspension
The VW Rabbit was Volkswagon answer to the Hatchback revolution caused by the increase in the price of Gasoline in the 1970's , Volkswagon had a large following of Beetle Owners and the Rabbit offered a family car providing good mileage and safety features combined with quality German Engineering .
Following the introduction of the original 2 + 2 Porsche 924 with very poor reviews due to it's poor performance not normally associated with a Porsche, the 1980 924 Turbo sets out to make the car worthy of the Porsche Label with a 2 liter turbo charged version offering 0 to 60 in 9.2 seconds not fantastic but more respectable than the earlier non turbo version which was sluggish by any standard.
Featuring four wheel drive independent suspension and standard steel bellied Michelin radial tires offering the smoothest ride in its class over bumpy roads, combine that with an estimated EPA of 40 MPG for an economy car with great mileage, road holding and comfort. This Popular European Hatchback is now available in the United States at AMC Dealerships
front wheel drive, floating rear suspension, five speed transmission, power assisted braking, electronic ignition, side window defrosters,
Features a 2.8 Litre 6 cylinder electronically controlled fuel injected engine offering breath taking performance combined with uncompromising luxury includes air conditioning, four speaker AM/FM stereo Radio, Power Steering, Leather Seats,
The Toyota Corolla is currently the best selling car in the world with multiple variants. This SR5 Sports Coupe version Features a 1.8 liter engine one of 12 new Toyota Corolla models offering the highest rating for comfort and reliability.
Engine is a 4 cylinder with a 4 speed manual transmission with an electronically operated overdrive, front disc brakes and read drum brakes .