Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Discover the Actual Best Selling Cars Around The Globe, For Once…

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

Last time you heard about me, I took you through the best-selling cars in China over 2012. This time I thought I’d expand to… well the whole wide world. Even then, it’s the same winner…

Not into the world? That’s ok, you can check out the best-selling models in 171 countries and territories on my blog. Enjoy!

Back to the world.

Ford Focus

Only thing is, it takes time to count cars around the world, so for now only November figures are available, with the Full Year 2012 coming up in February.

* See the Top 150 best-selling models in the world in November 2012 here *

First up, a bit about the methodology because you will probably see diff’rent rankings and diff’rent stories elsewhere… This worldwide ranking is based on sales in the 60+ countries that are updated monthly on my blog, except for Ford data which includes official and complete Euope, and Renault/Dacia data which are official worldwide figures. So most sales figures for each model are a minimum. You will find the detail of what is included in the sales of each nameplate at the bottom of the Top 150 table in the source link above.

Boosted by all-time record sales in China, the Ford Focus manages to top the worldwide ranking for the third month in a row at 94,427 sales.

Nissan Sunny

Now that Chinese consumers are cautiously starting to buy Japanese models again, the Toyota Corolla is back up one spot on October to #2 at 84,489 units and has now passed the million-unit mark so far in 2012 at 1,022,996. The Hyundai Elantra slides down to #3 at a still very impressive 80,951 sales. The rest of the Top 10 is pretty stable with the VW Jetta at #4 and 72,889 units, the VW Passat at #5 with 69,095 sales, the Ford F-Series at #6 and 65,755 units and the VW Golf at #7 with 60,486 sales.

World November 2012 Top 10 best-sellers:

* See the Top 150 best-selling models in the world in November 2012 here *

PosModelNovOct11m 2012Pos1Ford Focus94,4271929,75122Toyota Corolla84,48931,022,99613Hyundai Elantra80,9512722,14934VW Jetta72,8894683,26995VW Passat69,0955692,57476Ford F-Series65,7556702,14957VW Golf60,4867708,95548VW Polo/Vento55,5579640,746119Toyota Camry54,84511698,651610Ford Fiesta54,41510664,36510

* See the Top 150 best-selling models in the world in November 2012 here *

Honda Civic

Further down, great performers include the Honda Civic up 6 spots on last month to the Toyota Hilux hanging on at the Nissan Tiida/Versa/Sunny back up 25 to #16 thanks to China, the Kia Forte/Cerato/K3 up a further 4 ranks to #24 vs. #51 year-to-date, the Buick Excelle up 19 to BMW 3 Series up to #27 vs. Fiat Palio/Siena at #29 vs. Renault Duster at #34 vs. #57 and the ChangAn Minibus up 24 spots to


The Toyota Prius C/Aqua beats the Prius for the 2nd month running, improving to #40 vs. #51 for the Prius, the BYD F3 (both generations) returns to the position of best-selling Chinese Passenger Car in the world at #72 with 19,015 sales ahead of the Chery QQ back up 39 spots to the Emgrand EC7 down 5 to the Great Wall Haval H6 down 2 to #97 and the Great Wall Voleex C30 up a massive 54 ranks to

Finally, notice the Honda Brio up to the BYD L3 up to the Dodge Dart/Fiat Viaggio up to the Hyundai HB20 at and the Chevrolet Onix at now that they are starting to make waves in Brazil

That’s it for now!

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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  • CelticPete CelticPete on Jan 27, 2013

    For a single car maybe Toyota Corolla can recaputure #1. But VW seems the company to beat with 4 cars in the top 10. At 60+ a car thats 240,000.

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