Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: My 50 Questions For 2013

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

Now that the Top 150 most popular vehicles around the globe are out of the way and 2013 has finally arrived, I thought I would ask 50 questions for this New Year… If you know the answer please feel free to comment! And also post yours…

Can’t be bothered about the New Year and wish you were in 2012 still? That’s fine, you can check out the best-selling cars in 2012 in 171 countries and territories in my blog. Yes. That many.

Back to my questions…

And the first one is:

Chery is creating a new brand for Europe: Qoros. Will it be a success?

1. Will Chery crack Europe with the Qoros GQ3?

The Chevrolet Onix has the potential to threaten the VW Gol in Brazil. Will it?

2. Will the Hyundai HB20 or Chevrolet Onix threaten the VW Gol’s supremacy in Brazil?

3. Which Passenger Car will top the Chinese year-end ranking?

4. Will General Motors, Toyota, Hyundai or any other major manufacturer announce the creation of a low-cost brand outside China? Will Nissan unveil a low-cost Datsun range as planned?

5. Will the new BYD F3 and Chery QQ make 2013 the year of the renaissance for local models in China?

6. Will Kaili, Volkswagen’s low-cost Chinese brand, finally be launched? If so will it be more successful than GM’s Baojun? Nissan’s Venucia? Honda’s Linian? Ciimo?

Opel Adam

7. Will the Mokka and Adam help Opel towards recovery?

8. Will a BMW or Mercedes break into the UK year-end Top 5 for the first time?

9. Will the Renault Duster break into the monthly Top 5 in Russia? India?

The Dacia Dokker could cannibalise sales of Renault Kangoo at home in France…

10. Will the Dacia Dokker dominate the French LCV market, the biggest in Europe?

Nissan Altima

11. Will the Nissan Altima or Honda Civic threaten the Toyota Camry for the Passenger Car crown in the US?

12. Will the new generation Chevy Silverado threaten the Ford F-Series in the US?

13. Will the Ford Focus pass the Toyota Corolla to become the world’s best selling car at year-end?

14. Will Great Wall succeed in the UK? Will it launch in another major European market?

15. Which of the Peugeot 208 or Renault Clio IV will finish the year #1 in France? Will they top another European country or will their success be restricted to their home country? Check out my forecast for the 2013 France models ranking here.

16. Will the VW Golf be threatened by anyone in Europe? Clio? 208? Fiesta? How many countries will it dominate?

17. Will Italy, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and Spain fall further into recession?

18. Will Europe stagnate or decline?

19. Will Peugeot/Citroen survive? Will Opel survive? Will the GM/PSA alliance thrive? Will Honda merge with another carmaker?

Toyota Corolla

20. Will the Toyota Corolla top the Australian year-end ranking for the first time? Check out my forecast for the 2013 Australian models ranking here.

21. Will Indonesia and Thailand continue their explosive growth?

22. Which markets will be the 10 engines of growth?

23. Will the VW Up! go further up and reach the German/European Top 10?

The Peugeot 2008 could help Peugeot survive in 2013…

24. Will the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur succeed or flop?

25. Will Mercedes, BMW and Audi continue their implacable growth in Europe?

26. Which of Mercedes, BMW or Audi will be the #1 premium brand in the world?

27. Will PSA end up selling its Peugeot 301 and Citroen C-Elysée in Western Europe to avoid grey market imports like Renault had to do with the Dacia Logan?

Mercedes A-Class

28. Will the new Mercedes A-Class beat the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Europe?

29. Will Hyundai reach 10% of the Brazilian market as planned?

30. Will Russia become the #1 car market in Europe, passing Germany?

31. Will the Nissan Qashqai finish the year in pole position in Spain?

Renault said the Lodgy is destined for MPV-thirsty markets like Indonesia. Will it launch there in 2013?

32. Will Renault launch the Lodgy in Indonesia? The Dokker? A no-frills Modus? – just my suggestions

33. Will the 500L, 500X and 500XL get Fiat back on its feet in Europe?

34. Will the new generation Jetta and Santana be more successful than their predecessors in China?

35. Will Renault sell more cars in Brazil than in France?

2013 Dacia Logan

36. Will the 2nd generation Dacia/Renault Sandero-Logan be more successful than the first?

37. Will the Skoda Rapid replace the Octavia in pole position in Czech Republic? Slovakia? Poland? Ukraine? Hungary?

38. Will the all-new Skoda Octavia beat the all-new VW Golf in Switzerland?

39. Will Great Wall place one of its locally-produced models #1 in Bulgaria?

40. Will Chinese manufacturers continue their worldwide expansion and open more plants in new countries?

41. Will Hyundai pass Toyota in Africa? Will it continue to grow as fast in Europe? Worldwide?

42. Will Toyota stay #1 in the world?

43. Will the Volvo V40 rank on the Swedish podium at year-end?

44. Will the new Holden Commodore stabilise the nameplate’s sales in Australia?

45. Will Mazda sell more cars in Australia than in Japan?

Honda N-One

46. Will Honda sell the N-One in Europe?

47. Will the Maserati Kubang finally go on sale? Please?

48. Will Kia place one model in the worldwide Top 10?

49. Will the Hyundai Santa Fe break into the monthly US Top 20? Top 10?

50. Which from the US or China will gain more ground?

And these were my 50 questions for 2013.

What are yours?

Let’s reconvene on January 1, 2014 for all the answers…

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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  • Slab Slab on Jan 02, 2013

    26. Which of Mercedes, BMW or Audi will be the #1 premium brand in the world? All three are chasing volume now. How much longer will they be considered "premium" brands?

    • Th009 Th009 on Jan 02, 2013

      As long as people are willing to pay a premium price for those cars. And for this reason I much prefer the term "premium" to "luxury" or "near-luxury" or "entry-luxury" or ...

  • Greg Locock Greg Locock on Jan 07, 2013

    "44. Will the new Holden Commodore stabilise the nameplate’s sales in Australia?" No. Firstly, and less importantly, it isn't really new. Far more important is the general trend of sales of D/E segment sedans against time, it is an unstoppable downward trend, with a lot further to go yet. The same trend has already been seen and gone to its conclusion in the USA. Thirdly, the competition from overseas will continue to take advantage of Australia's ludicrous exchange rate (as they should). If Charlie Chucklehead wants to pay a 20% premium for his car that is his right, but at some point he's going to be thinking he's been taken for a ride. There is a fourth reason but I don't want to make the fanbois here cry.

  • Jeff S Still a nice car and I remember these very well especially in this shade of green. The headlights were vacuum controlled. I always liked the 67 thru 72 LTDs after that I found them bloated. Had a friend in college with a 2 door 71 LTD which I drove a couple of times it was a nice car.
  • John H Last week after 83 days, dealership said mine needs new engine now. They found metal in oil. Potential 8 to 9 month wait.
  • Dukeisduke An aunt and uncle of mine traded their '70 T-Bird (Beakbird) for a brand-new dark metallic green '75 LTD two-door, fully loaded. My uncle hated seat belts, so the first time I saw the car (it was so new that the '75 models had just landed at the dealerships) he proudly showed me how he'd pulled the front seat belts all the way out of their retractors, and cut the webbing with a razor blade(!).Just a year later, they traded it in for a new '76 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (they had owned a couple of Imperials in the '60s), and I imagine the Cadillac dealer took a chunk out to the trade-in, to get the front seat belts replaced.
  • CaddyDaddy Lease fodder that in 6 years will be on the 3rd owner in a poverty bound aspirational individual's backyard in a sub par neighborhood sinking into the dirt. The lending bank will not even want to repossess and take possession of this boat anchor of a toxic waste dump. This proves that EVs are not even close to being ready for prime time (let's not even talk about electrical infrastructure). EVs only exist in wildly expensive virtue signaling status-mobiles. FAIL! I know this is a Hybrid, but it's a Merc., so it will quickly die after the warranty. Show me a practical EV for the masses and I'll listen. At this time, Hybrids are about the way to go for most needing basic transportation.
  • Jeanbaptiste The bubble free dash on the R32!