Historical Info on the best selling cars around the globe since 1960 has now been posted.
Pretty straight forward really, with the VW Beetle in the lead all through the sixties and into the mid-seventies, then losing its top spot when production dropped due to the arrival of the VW Golf. The Toyota Corolla then took the relay. It never looked back and still is the world’s best selling car today.
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Note world models ranking are very rare to come across so if you have any official information relating to this from anytime before 2009 please make sure to get in touch on here by writing a comment. Thanks!
Best Selling Cars now covers 154 countries around the world, so we can rank models by the number of times they appear #1 in any given country (more on the methodology below). This is exclusive to Best Selling Cars, you won’t find it anywhere else! Toyota places 4 models in the Top 5, showing how established the brand is all over the world.
The Toyota Hilux is the model that appears most often in #1: in 28 countries, including 21 in Africa. The Toyota Corolla follows: #1 in 18 countries, and the only one across the 5 continents: Europe (1 country), Asia (6), Africa (9), America (1) and Oceania (1).
Then come the Toyota Camry, VW Golf (both 8 countries) and Toyota Yaris/Vios (7). For the list of all 57 models that appear #1 and in which countries they do so, see below.
No surprises, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world in 2009, thanks to very strong results in the USA, Japan, China and most of Asia and Africa. 908,661 units of the model were sold in 2009 alone.
The Ford Focus takes the second spot with 781,139 registrations, but this figure is a combination of the European and US versions, which are pretty different cars. Similarly in 3rd, the Ford Fiesta totals 724,502 sales through a couple of different generations on sale across the planet.
More commentaries and full Top 10 Ranking table below.
The Toyota Corolla continues to deliver outstanding worldwide production and sales numbers over the period, passing the million mark a few times. I have no official sales or production data here, so if you do please get in touch!
Two different generations of the Corolla launched during this time: the ninth generation appeared in November 2000 in Japan and was released across the world in 2001, except for the US spec released in 2002. At that time, the worldwide and US specs were very different models. This all changed in October 2006 when Toyota launched the tenth generation Corolla in Japan. By the time it launched in the US in January 2008, all new Corollas were the same model everywhere around the world.
The Corolla performed extremely well in the USA over the period, with 300,000+ yearly sales from 2003 onwards and peaking at 386,000 units in 2006.
Corolla’s last 10 years US sales: click on ‘Read more’ below the picture.
I don’t have any official world sales data for this period but one thing is certain: the Toyota Corolla stays the best selling car in the world with at least 900,000 units produced each year. Please get in touch of you have access to official numbers.
The seventh generation launched in Japan in June 1991 and was released around the planet during 1992. In May 1995, the eighth generation appeared, expanded through the world in 1996-1997 and restyled in 1999.
The Toyota Corolla confirms its steady increase over the last 15 years with very high production numbers in the early nineties: 980,000 units produced in 1990 and 960,000 in 1991.
The VW Golf takes the 2nd spot in 1991 at 820,000 units, 120,000 of which are the 3rd generation launched that year. The Ford Fiesta climbs onto the podium at 640,000 units, followed by the Fiat Uno and the Renault Clio.
Full 1991 Top 5 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Ford Fiesta picture.
The Toyota Corolla spent the eighties reinforcing its domination over world car sales, with estimated yearly sales climbing into 800,000+ units in the first half of the decade, then 900,000+ units afterwards.
Two new generations of the Corolla were launched over the period: the fifth generation (or E80) launched in May 1983, and the sixth generation (E90) appeared in May 1987.
I could not access any official sales data so if you have any please make sure to get in touch!