World Best Selling Compact Cars. The top in the 2017

World Best Selling Compact Cars Toyota-Corolla_EU-Version-2014

World Best Selling Compact Cars segment after nine months of the 2017 achieved 25.9 million vehicles, the 44% of total car passenger’s sold in the World. As usual the leader was the Toyota Corolla, over the Volkswagen Golf and, new in the podium, the Honda Civic.

In the first nine months of the year, Global Car Passenger’s market grew up 2.4% at 58.7 million units.

The “Compact Car” segment, represented by cars with a length between 4.1 and 4.4 meters, grew up only 1.1%, with 25.9 million sales, representing the 44.1% of total market.

Models included in our global ranking for the “compact” or “C segment” (under the EU segmentation) cars are only sedan, hatchback, coupe and wagon, excluding the SUV and MPV, reported in a different report. This is probably the reason behind the segment decline while the industry is growing.

As in the recent years, the Toyota Corolla is on top with 919.000 units (-6.2). Produced in Japan since the 1966, the Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the World since 20 years and is also the best-selling car in absolute in the history, with over 45 million sold so far. Since 2012, the 11th generation is on sales and distributed in 170 countries. Strange to say, Corolla is not market leader in any single country in the World.

In second place the Volkswagen Golf with 653.000 sales (-6.5%). Produced since 1974, the Golf has been the best-selling car in Europe since the 1976 and actually is at the 7th generation (since 2012). It is only hatchback (3/5 doors and wagon) because the twin on sedan version is called Jetta. Available with two electric versions, the e-Golf launched in early 2014, and the Golf GTE, the plug-in version launched in the 2015.

In third place, up 2 spots, the Honda Civic with 613.000 sales (+25.4%). Launched in the 1972, it is actually at the 10th generation (since 2016), available with 3/4/5 doors. In Europe is distributed in few countries being available only in the low popular sedan, as a similar vehicles is on sales under the Auris name, made in UK.

Down the podium,  the Ford Focus with 497.000 units (-8.3%) ahead of the Hyundai Elantra, down 2 spots, with 419.000 sales (-25.7%) and the Volkswagen Jetta, leader in the sedan sub-segment with 406.000 sales (-12.6%).

In seventh place the Buick Excelle with the Mazda3 with 295.000 (-7.8%) followed by the Chevrolet Cruze, down 2 spots, with 259.000 units (-24.2%), the Volkswagen Sagitar with 235.000 (-6.3%) and in 10th place the Nissan Sentra with 234.000 (-3.9%).

Data Source

This report is done utilizing data extracted from our GAD (Global Auto Database) the wider Auto Sales Database actually existing in the World, with sales data by region/area/country broken down by type/size/body-style/brand/model from January 2010 to lats month. Data are collected by over 300 sources, including all the official providers (local Minister of Transportations or Associations of car Manufacturers).

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Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank 2017 Rank 2016   Sales YTD Sep. 2017 Variation 2017
1 1 Toyota Corolla 919.723 -6,2%
2 2 Volkswagen Golf 653.896 -6,5%
3 5 Honda Civic 613.049 25,4%
4 4 Ford Focus 497.910 -8,3%
5 3 Hyundai Elantra 419.215 -25,7%
6 6 Volkswagen Jetta 406.480 -12,6%
7 8 Mazda3 295.815 -7,8%
8 7 Chevrolet Cruze 259.497 -24,2%
9 11 Volkswagen Sagitar 235.885 -6,3%
10 12 Nissan Sentra 234.733 -3,9%

 

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