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World Best Selling Compact Cars. The top in the 2018

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World Best Selling Compact Cars segment in the first half 2018 2017 achieved fell down 4.9% with 7.2 million global sales. On top of the list the Toyota Corolla, as usual, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Honda Civic.

Global Sales

Models included in our global ranking for the “compact” or “C segment” (under the EU segmentation) represented by cars with a length between 4.1 and 4.4 meters and aggregated for the scope of this report only with regard to sedan, hatchback, coupe and wagon, excluding the SUV and MPV, reported in a different report.

The “Compact Car” segment (all bodies) in the first half 2018 counted 7.2 million sales, down 4.9%.

Best Selling Models

After the first half 2018, like in all recent years, the Toyota Corolla is on top of the list with 610.000 units (-0.4%). 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 441.000 sales (+0.8%). 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 424.000 sales (+7.2%). Launched in the 1972, it is actually at the 10th generation (since 2016), available with 3/4/5 doors. The 2017 volume was boosted by the last generation distribution in all countries (over 140) including Europe, where the model is produced in UK (for hatch version) and Turkey (for the sedan).

Down the podium the Hyundai Elantra with 313.000 sales (+13.3%) ahead of the Ford Focus with 273.000 units (-20.2%) and the Volkswagen Jetta with 213.000 sales (-17.1%).

In seventh place the Mazda3 with 188.000 (-3.9%) followed by the Nissan Sentra with 157.000 units (-1.0%), the Volkswagen Sagitar with 156.000 (+11.1%) and in 10th place the Audi A3 with 150.000 (-5.4%).

In the table below, data for the others models between 11th and 100th place are hidden. Wishing to know more, please contact us.

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 the last 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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Rank 2018Rank 2017MODELSales H1 2018Sales JunVariation H1 2018Variation Jun
11Toyota Corolla610.467105.334-0,4%-6,3%
22Volkswagen Golf441.92573.1650,8%-8,0%
33Honda Civic424.55172.9197,2%1,9%
45Hyundai Elantra313.50971.89213,3%86,7%
54Ford Focus273.89439.712-20,2%-33,9%
66Volkswagen Jetta213.78441.248-17,1%-7,6%
810Nissan Sentra157.66828.206-1,0%-7,4%
99Volkswagen Sagitar156.61523.54711,1%2,6%
1011Audi A3150.93426.837-5,4%8,6%
118Chevrolet Cruze
1216Volkswagen Bora
1315Geely Emgrand EC7
1414Toyota Prius
1518Peugeot 308
1623Chevrolet Cavalier
1713Honda City
1825Maruti Baleno
1920Renault Mégane
2022BMW 1 Series
2119Subaru Impreza
2224Skoda Rapid
2317Opel Astra
2412Ford Escort
2521Hyundai Accent
2627Toyota Levin
2726Mercedes A Class
2829Seat Leon
2932Geely Vision
3031Kia Forte
3138Toyota Auris
3234Fiat Tipo
3328Kia K3
3439Hyundai i30
3543Changan Eado
3637BMW 2 Series
3736Peugeot Pars
3849Lada Vesta
3945Kia Niro
4046Kia Cee’d
4133Chery Arrizo 5/5e
4242Lada Granta
4341Iran Khodro Samand
4430Hyundai Verna
4544Volvo V40
4666Hyundai Ioniq
4747Citroen C-Elysée
4858Kia Cerato
4940Nissan Tiida
5048Hyundai Avante
5154Hyundai Solaris
5235BYD F3
5350Volkswagen Vento
5453volkswagen Golf Sportsvan
5573Iran Khodro Dena
5657Citroen C4
5786BYD Qin PHEV
58201Tesla Model 3
5951Nissan Sunny
6055Peugeot 301
6161Tesla Model X
6260Nissan Almera
6356Maruti Ciaz
6459volkswagen Beetle
6562Roewe 360
6664Lexus IS
6768Kia Cerato sedan
6869Hyundai Xcent
6952Zotye T600
70165JAC iEV
7182Brilliance H320
7270Mazda MX-5
73353GAC Trumpchi GA4
7465Fiat Egea
7571Alfa Romeo Giulietta
7677Brilliance H330
7772Chevrolet Cobalt
78132Kia Pegas
79353Fiat Cronos
8090Tata Tigor
8176BMW i3
8275Perodua Bezza
8363Renault Tondar
8499Citroen C-Quatre
8584Dongfeng Fengshen H30/S30
8679Nissan Pulsar
8774Mitsubishi Lancer
8881Lexus CT
8993Audi TT
9092Chevrolet Cruze Sedan
9178Mazda Axela
9287Chevrolet Volt
93353Roewe Ei5
94101Suzuki Every Wagon
95116BAIC EU-Series
96105Mazda3 sedan
9788Mitsubishi Lancer EX
9896Dodge Attitude
99106Chevrolet Lacetti
10098Hyundai Veloster