World’s Top 50 best-selling cars. Toyota Corolla is still the Queen.

To keep track of world’s sales by model is really an hard job. Focus2move.com did it for all the countries were data are actually available and reliable (78) representing the 94% of global car sales in the 2012.

We focused only on cars and pick-ups – in most case used as passenger vehicles – while keeping aside LCV sales wishing to feature the cars most loved in the world. However, the bestselling LCV was the Wuling Sunshine.

Our data are partially different from those communicated by the brands. We consider only registrations data and not wholesales. Ford and Toyota use to attribute to themselves the leadership. This time we have to say, Corolla was first, while Focus did a phenomenal record, achieving over 1 million vehicles in a year.

Toyota Corolla was able to post a great second half gaining over 40.000 to the rival and confirming the world’s leadership for the 9th consecutive year. Corolla success was pushed up by robust sales in Middle East and South Asia ending the year with 1.054.000 sales, down 4.1% from the previous year, but enough to keep Focus back.

Ford Focus in second half 2012 kept the pace ending the year with 1.012.000, being the second model ever to sell more than 1 million vehicles in a calendar year. The Focus was able to counteract the slowing sales in Europe thanks to a phenomenal growth in China and good performance in North America.

Toyota Prius was third, thanks to the huge success of Aqua derivative, leader in Japan but appreciated in all countries were was launched. Prius family was sold in 895.456 units with a second half pace lower than first, mainly due to Japanese market trend.

Hyundai Elantra was 4th, with 818.562 registrations, the new record volume for a Korean vehicle. The Elantra is really successful in Asia, China over all, and in the second half was third, ahead of Prius.

Toyota Camry was 5th, with 795.442 sales and an increase of 30.1% from the previous year, confirming the Toyota absolute leadership among sedan models.

Ford F-Series was pushed up by recovering USA market and soared in 6th place with 784.520 sales, followed by the Cruze, distributed under Chevrolet and Holden brands, 7th with 775.623 units, up 7.2%.

Volkswagen Jetta was the first European model in 8th place. A huge surprise for Europeans, which do not like particularly this model, but not for Chinese or Mexican!

Ford Fiesta confirmed its leadership among sub-compact vehicles (or B class in Europe) ranking 9th with 749.552 units, flat from last year. Ford recovered outside of Europe the Fiesta sales lost in Europe, where the model was born in 1976.

Volkswagen Golf, the car most loved by Europeans, dropped in 10th place from the third, with 745.652 units, down 12.1%. Golf was hit by European market drop and production shortfall during the 7th generation launch. We must remark as Jetta could be considered as the sedan version of the Golf. In case of adding the two, the market leadership would change.

In the next table, the Top 50 models, ranked for 2012 position:

Rank 2012

Rank 2011

 

2011

I Half 2012

II Half 2012

2012

Var. 2012/2011

Share 2011

Share 2012

1

1

Toyota Corolla

1.098.511

503.068

550.932

1.054.000

-4,1%

1,47%

1,32%

2

2

Ford Focus

855.265

503.520

508.880

1.012.400

18,4%

1,15%

1,27%

3

11

Toyota Prius/Aqua

625.254

454.651

440.805

895.456

43,2%

0,84%

1,12%

4

6

Hyundai Elantra

744.235

320.102

498.460

818.562

10,0%

1,00%

1,02%

5

13

Toyota Camry

611.230

387.370

408.072

795.442

30,1%

0,82%

0,99%

6

9

Ford F-Series

695.428

363.534

420.986

784.520

12,8%

0,93%

0,98%

7

7

Chevrolet/Holden Cruze

723.456

373.185

402.438

775.623

7,2%

0,97%

0,97%

8

10

Volkswagen Jetta

695.159

318.325

434.910

753.235

8,4%

0,93%

0,94%

9

5

Ford Fiesta

752.450

384.516

365.036

749.552

-0,4%

1,01%

0,94%

10

3

Volkswagen Golf

848.559

424.338

321.314

745.652

-12,1%

1,14%

0,93%

11

4

Volkswagen Polo

765.123

359.725

345.507

705.232

-7,8%

1,03%

0,88%

12

19

Toyota Yaris/Vitz/Vios

541.362

250.575

445.290

695.865

28,5%

0,73%

0,87%

13

12

Volkswagen Passat

618.552

317.229

357.295

674.524

9,0%

0,83%

0,84%

14

15

Nissan Tiida/Versa

568.319

265.201

406.224

671.425

18,1%

0,76%

0,84%

15

16

Hyundai Accent

554.112

284.552

377.817

662.369

19,5%

0,74%

0,83%

16

17

Honda Civic

548.652

315.185

310.180

625.365

14,0%

0,74%

0,78%

17

18

Toyota Hilux

545.862

200.477

414.844

615.321

12,7%

0,73%

0,77%

18

14

Honda CR-V

585.223

310.850

294.472

605.322

3,4%

0,79%

0,76%

19

8

Opel Astra/Buick Excelle

713.505

408.571

135.629

544.200

-23,7%

0,96%

0,68%

20

33

Suzuki Swift/Dzire

385.411

299.458

211.777

511.235

32,6%

0,52%

0,64%

21

21

Opel/Chevrolet Corsa/Classic

512.658

274.500

224.065

498.565

-2,7%

0,69%

0,62%

22

23

Hyundai Sonata

492.569

259.423

239.132

498.555

1,2%

0,66%

0,62%

23

24

Chevrolet Silverado

475.652

220.826

264.410

485.236

2,0%

0,64%

0,61%

24

25

Honda Fit/Jazz

468.230

255.188

215.344

470.532

0,5%

0,63%

0,59%

25

35

Hyundai ix35

374.023

175.655

294.301

469.956

25,6%

0,50%

0,59%

26

22

Honda Accord

498.562

241.808

223.428

465.236

-6,7%

0,67%

0,58%

27

43

Kia Rio/Pride/K2

325.665

158.600

297.942

456.542

40,2%

0,44%

0,57%

28

28

Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic

432.005

212.565

242.435

455.000

5,3%

0,58%

0,57%

29

29

Toyota RAV4

412.225

231.785

216.780

448.565

8,8%

0,55%

0,56%

30

20

Renault Clio/Symbol

526.862

253.985

185.580

439.565

-16,6%

0,71%

0,55%

31

26

Volkswagen Gol

444.569

175.272

257.297

432.569

-2,7%

0,60%

0,54%

32

46

Volkswagen Tiguan

312.500

225.868

199.787

425.655

36,2%

0,42%

0,53%

33

30

Chevrolet Spark/Beat

412.112

195.603

230.049

425.652

3,3%

0,55%

0,53%

34

38

BMW 3 Series

365.597

160.905

241.448

402.353

10,1%

0,49%

0,50%

35

34

Skoda Octavia

374.569

206.377

195.188

401.565

7,2%

0,50%

0,50%

36

39

Renault/Dacia Logan

342.152

165.023

230.642

395.665

15,6%

0,46%

0,49%

37

40

Kia Sportage

341.262

166.181

229.477

395.658

15,9%

0,46%

0,49%

38

31

Suzuki Alto/A-Star

389.666

195.321

181.264

376.585

-3,4%

0,52%

0,47%

39

45

Dodge RAM

312.523

179.015

183.580

362.595

16,0%

0,42%

0,45%

40

32

Nissan Qashqai

389.565

228.950

127.570

356.520

-8,5%

0,52%

0,45%

41

27

Kia Forte/Cerato/K3

435.620

198.566

153.660

352.226

-19,1%

0,58%

0,44%

42

36

Mercedes C-Class

371.382

157.034

189.170

346.204

-6,8%

0,50%

0,43%

43

37

Mazda3

370.562

180.723

163.528

344.251

-7,1%

0,50%

0,43%

44

41

Ford Escape

326.895

151.637

189.616

341.253

4,4%

0,44%

0,43%

45

44

BMW 5 Series

325.652

188.456

152.096

340.552

4,6%

0,44%

0,43%

46

48

Suzuki Wagon R

301.562

166.532

168.680

335.212

11,2%

0,40%

0,42%

47

54

Nissan Altima

265.321

168.234

164.331

332.565

25,3%

0,36%

0,42%

48

55

Fiat Palio/Siena

262.350

144.652

187.893

332.545

26,8%

0,35%

0,42%

49

58

Kia Optima/K5

245.620

135.266

190.661

325.927

32,7%

0,33%

0,41%

50

124

Nissan Sentra/Sylphy/Pulsar/Tsuru

221.025

155.484

168.560

324.044

46,6%

0,30%

0,41%

This report was provided aggregating official registrations data from these countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, All European Community and Efta (30 countries), Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arab, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. They are 70 countries representing 94% of global car sales.

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