The Top 150 Best Selling Cars Around The Globe

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

A while ago I gave you the Top 100 best-selling models around the globe over the first Quarter of 2012. And you liked it. A lot. I know because you told me. As you know progress never stops, which is why this time I give you… the Top 150 best-sellers worldwide for June 2012.

Update: You can now also check out the Top 120 best-selling models worldwide over the first 6 months 2012 here.

Yes you have read correctly.

Who in his right mind would have ventured such an epic exploration of the varied car tastes in the entire world?

Your favorite car sales nerd, me.

If you had enough of all this worldwide grandiloquence, that’s ok because you can visit 168 countries and territories in my blog, one by one, to figure out which models sell best in each of them. Another crazy thing I do…

Back to the world.

And the nagging question comes back again: has the Focus beaten the Corolla yet?

In a word: no.

Well maybe.

The new gen Corolla should help the nameplate stay #1 in the world in 2012

Compared to last month and the 2012 year-to-date ranking, the Top 3 most popular models in the world are unchanged in June: the Toyota Corolla leads the way again with 103,270 sales, however, this figure now includes 3 generations of the model with the 11th generation (pictured above) just launched in Japan, Matrix and Auris/Blade sales, only because these are not split in most countries.

The Ford Focus comes 2nd with 94,251 units, most of them the last generation now available worldwide. So you might want to claim (hear me Ford) that the Focus is the best-selling single generation model worldwide… The VW Jetta rounds up the podium again with 88,592 sales, including a plethora of different generations sold around the world, from the 1984 2nd generation still on sale in China (albeit heavily facelifted) to the 6th generation already on North American and European roads.

The VW Golf is up one spot to #4 in spite of dreadful economic conditions in Western Europe, and the Nissan Sunny/Tiida/Versa (depending on which country it is sold in) is the big mover this month in the worldwide Top 10, going from #12 in May to #5 with 67,731 sales, just above the Ford Fiesta (+2).

The Ford F-Series is down one spot on May to a still excellent 7th place with 67,223 sales, well above the 12th position it held over the first quarter of 2012. The Chevrolet Cruze is up to #8 and confirms it is now General Motors’ best-seller worldwide by far.

After an excellent month of May spent in 4th position to Toyota Camry marks a pause at #9 while the VW Passat, stable at completes the Worldwide Top 10 in June.

Notice the Toyota Hilux up to #13 thanks to record sales in Australia and the Middle East and the Honda Accord up to #20 in spite of its old age.

The Ford Escape and Kuga now have their sales combined as the new generation is the same model across both nameplates and shoots up to #27 this month with 38,765 sales, while the Hyundai Tucson/ix35 is up to #30 vs. #48 over the first Quarter.

The Chevrolet Malibu is #33 (vs. the BMW 3 Series #38 (vs. and the Mercedes C-Class #47 (vs. Further down, the Renault Duster is up to #52 (vs. thanks to excellent launches in Russia and South America and the Hyundai Santa Fe is up to #65 with the new generation now on sale in South Korea.

Worldwide Top 20 best-selling models in June 2012:

PosModelJuneMayQ11Toyota Corolla103,270112Ford Focus94,251223VW Jetta88,592334VW Golf72,522565Nissan Tiida/Versa/Sunny67,7311286Ford Fiesta67,470857Ford F-Series67,2236128Chevrolet Cruze66,779979Toyota Camry64,1294410VW Passat62,51110911VW Polo/Vento61,118111012Hyundai Elantra58,79471113Toyota Hilux53,836172214Honda CR-V53,588151515Honda Civic50,818141716Hyundai Accent49,004131417Opel Astra/Buick Excelle XT/GT/Verano48,668192018Opel/Chevrolet Corsa47,270202519Toyota Yaris/Vitz/Vios45,556261820Honda Accord45,1152230

(Note for this month: Prius sales have been split between Prius, Prius c/Aqua and Prius MPV)

You can check out the entire June 2012 World Top 150 here

(NEW) You can check out the 6 months 2012 World Top 120 here

But wait I have more in store for you:

You can check out the May 2012 World Top 20 here

You can check out the Q1 2012 World Top 100 here

You can check out the Full Year 2011 World Top 100 here

This compilation has been made possible thanks to the hard work of Austin Rutherford. The source of the data is the usual source for all 80 countries covered monthly on my blog.

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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