By on November 26, 2012

Last time I shared with you 10 things I don’t understand. Today I suggest we simply check out what are the Top 150 best-selling cars worldwide. Too lofty an ambition for you? That’s ok, you can check out 170 countries and territories in my blog, all from the comfort of your home. Or today I can also offer you the 264 best-selling models in the USA in October 2012. Every single one of them.

Back to the world.

Something big has happened in the world.

Yes, Sir.

Very strong sales in China have pushed the Ford Focus to #1 worldwide

You can check out the Top 150 best-selling cars worldwide in September here.

Now that September sales figures are all in, I can share with you the Top 150 most popular cars around the planet. May I just stress again that these are September figures, not October. The October World Roundup will be published here on TTAC over the next few days. This ranking is based on sales in the 60+ countries that are updated monthly on my blog, except for Ford and Renault/Dacia where sales are official worldwide figures. By clicking on the “Top 150 models” link above you will see the entire lists and notes at the bottom of the table explaining which models/generations are taken into account for each nameplate.

Massive event in September: benefitting from the Japanese drama in China, the Ford Focus becomes the best-selling model in the world thanks to a huge 95,929 units sold worldwide, helped by over 30,000 sales in China. The Toyota Corolla drops to a distant #2 at 82,074 sales that include the Matrix and Auris versions. Year-to-date however, the Corolla keeps the lead with 864,674 sales vs. 747,228 for the Focus. The Focus domination could go on until the end of the year as sales of Japanese models in China have actually worsened in October…

The current gen VW Jetta is called Sagitar in China.

The VW Jetta continues to shine in third position with 69,188 units, note this figure still includes Chinese sales of the 2nd generation 1984 Jetta but these will be removed once the new Chinese Jetta kick-starts later in the year as it is now totally distinct from any other Jetta generation sold worldwide (see the China: Volkswagen who’s who article for more details). Excellent showing for the VW Golf up 4 spots to #4 and the Hyundai Elantra up one to #5, now helped by a very successful launch of the new generation in China.

Top 10 best-selling cars worldwide in September 2012:

You can check out the Top 150 best-selling cars worldwide in September here.

Pos Model Sep Aug 9m 2012 Pos
1 Ford Focus 95,929 2 747,228 2
2 Toyota Corolla 82,074 1 864,674 1
3 VW Jetta 69,188 3 539,747 10
4 VW Golf 68,260 8 582,621 4
5 Hyundai Elantra 67,421 6 566,812 7
6 Chevrolet Cruze 66,640 5 571,172 5
7 Ford F-Series 66,589 4 569,906 6
8 Toyota Camry 65,034 7 590,759 3
9 VW Passat 63,708 9 553,416 9
10 Ford Fiesta 59,725 15 556,428 8

 You can check out the Top 150 best-selling cars worldwide in September here.

Mitsubishi L200

In 7th place we find the Ford F-Series with 66,589 sales, down 3 ranks on last month but still way ahead in the worldwide pick-up truck ranking at 569,906 units year-to-date. The Toyota Hilux excels, up 5 spots to #12 with 52,789, while the Chevrolet Silverado is up one to #18, the Dodge RAM up 3 to #32 and the Isuzu D-Max down 2 to #65. The Nissan Frontier/Navara ranks #90, followed by the Chevrolet Colorado at #110, Toyota Tacoma at #122, Mitsubishi L200 at #155, Toyota Tundra at #158, Fiat Strada at #159 and Ford Ranger at #160.

BMW 3 Series

Back to the overall ranking and the best performers in the Top 50 this month: the Opel/Chevrolet Corsa is up 20 ranks to #19 thanks to a strong UK market, the Hyundai Tucson/ix35 is up a further 4 spots to #21 vs. #35 year-to-date, the Suzuki Wagon R is up 27 to #23 now that Japan and India are back to strong sales, the Mercedes C-Class is up 22 to #34 and the BMW 3 Series up 33 to #35.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Further down, the Toyota Aqua is getting close to the Top 50, up 5 ranks to #53, the Peugeot 208 is up 44 to a best-ever #58, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up a massive 58 spots to #67 thanks to the new generation, the Nissan Note lands at #70 with 19,484 sales mainly due to the new model launched in Japan, the BYD F3 is up 50 spots to reclaim the title of best-selling Chinese passenger car worldwide at #81 thanks to the new ‘Surui’ model, the Subaru Impreza/XV is up 47 ranks to #83 with the launch of the XV in Japan, the Emgrand EC7 is up a brilliant 53 spots to #89, the Great Wall Haval H6 stays in the Top 100 at #98 and the Mazda CX-5 is up 19 to #102.

You can also check out:

World 8 months 2012: Discover the Top 170 best-selling models!

World August 2012: Discover the Top 150 best-selling models!

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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4 Comments on “Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Toyota Corolla Victim of China-Japan Tensions...”

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    Where is the Mazda BT-50?

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    Important thing to note is that Corolla has a big factor going against it in general when it comes to sales – it sells almost nothing in Japan these days, due to the fact that Prius got so popular.

    Now next year new Corolla is coming and it might get hybrid version, which in turn might mean that Corolla sales might go above its record years.

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    Of the top ten, the only one I wouldn’t be pissed off at having to drive is the F150. The rest of them are penalty cars.

    • 0 avatar

      Me, I’d rather drive a Focus or a Gold instead of an F-150. I’d be pissed off if I had to drive a pickup truck every day, unless it was something I needed for my work. THAT would be a penalty for me!

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