Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What The Mexicans Bought in 2012

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier
best selling cars around the globe what the mexicans bought in 2012

Now that we have visited China, Europe, Russia, India, Israel, Italia, Indonesia, France, Canada and Germany, it’s time to explore what the most popular cars were in Mexico in 2012.

Not interested in the least? That’s fine I won’t take it personally, simply because I had prepared the best-selling models and brands in 172 additional countries and territories on my blog, so enjoy!

Back to Mexico. And did you know Mexico was the only country in the world dominated by… Jump in to know more!


I bet you didn’t know.

Mexican new car sales are up a solid 9% year-on-year in 2012 to reach 987,747 registrations, and the best annual figure since 2008.

Check out the Top 30 best-selling brands in Mexico in 2012 here

Brand-wise, Nissan holds onto its pole position and behaves exactly like the market, up 9% to 244,962 sales and 24.8% share, as said above this makes Mexico the only country in the world where Nissan is #1. Chevrolet and Volkswagen stay #2 and #3 while Chrysler passes Ford to rank #4. Honda is up 52% to #7 and Fiat up 95% to

Check out the Top 30 best-selling brands in Mexico in 2012 here

Chevrolet Aveo

Model-wise, if in 2011 the VW Clasico (old generation VW Bora) and Nissan Tsuru (old generation Nissan Sentra) were in charge, this year it’s a complete change of guard: #1 each month of the year the Chevrolet Aveo brilliantly takes control with 66,099 sales and 6.7%, up a huge 79% on 2011. Note this is a slightly facelifted version of the previous generation model which remained available at a reduced price just as the Chevrolet Sonic launched.

Nissan Versa

Check out the Top 13 best-selling models in Mexico in 2012 here

It is followed by the Nissan Versa, up 127% and 7 spots to 47,506 units and 4,8% for its first full year in market. The Clasico (-22%) and Tsuru (-38%) are relegated to #3 and #4 respectively.

Check out the Top 13 best-selling models in Mexico in 2012 here

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  • Tresmonos Tresmonos on Mar 19, 2013

    If you ever wonder where all the Dakota's and Avenger's (that no one bought) went, they're with the Mexican Federales and local police. Chrysler uses this country as a dumping ground for excess volume. I'm surprise with VW's ranking - I would have assumed it would be higher. The Jetta Classico and the Nissan Tsuru are why the two OEM's dominate: they sell cheap pieces of shit for the market. Nissan's new offering is competitively priced, as well. When I'm flying on the 57D (autopista la venta - Toluca) going 200kph, I always wonder if those Aveo's and Tsuru's would be able to withstand an impact of my fully beaten Fusion hybrid if I should drop my cigarette or can of chew.

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    • Tresmonos Tresmonos on Mar 19, 2013

      @Beerboy12 I've seen some Fusion testimonies of crossing the interstate median style head on collisions at work. They're a safe BIW. But yes, you caught me not giving a shit about myself.

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Mar 19, 2013

    Great series, keep it up please! It's fascinating how different brands work out in different markets.

  • Alan The Prado shouldn't have the Landcruiser name attached. It isn't a Landcruiser as much as a Tacoma or 4 Runner or a FJ Cruiser. Toyota have used the Landcruiser name as a marketing exercise for years. In Australia the RAV4 even had Landcruiser attached years ago! The Toyota Landcruiser is the Landcruiser, not a tarted up Tacoma wagon.Here a GX Prado cost about $61k before on roads, this is about $41k USD. This is a 2.8 diesel 4x4 with all the off road tricky stuff, plus AC, power windows, etc. I'm wondering if Toyota will perform the Nissan Armada treatment on it and debase the Prado. The Patrol here is actually as capable and possibly more capable than the Landcruiser off road (according to some reviews). The Armada was 'muricanised and the off road ability was reduced a lot. Who ever heard of a 2 wheel drive Patrol.Does the US need the Prado? Why not. Another option to choose from built by Toyota that is overpriced and uses old tech.My sister had a Prado Grande, I didn't think much of it. It was narrow inside and not that comfortable. Her Grand Cherokee was more comfortable and now her Toureg is even more comfortable, but you can still feel the road in the seat of your pants and ears.
  • Jeffrey No tis vehicle doen't need to come to America. The market if flooded in this segment what we need are fun affordable vehicles.
  • Nrd515 I don't really see the point of annual inspections, especially when the car is under 3 years (warranty) old. Inspections should be safety related, ONLY, none of the nonsensical CA ARB rules that end up being something like, "Your air intake doesn't have an ARB sticker on it, so you have to remove it and buy one just like it that does have the ARB sticker on it!". If the car or whatever isn't puking smoke out of it, and it doesn't make your eyes water, like an old Chevy Bel-Air I was behind on Wed did, it's fine. I was stuck in traffic behind that old car, and wow, the gasoline smell was super potent. It was in nice shape, but man, it was choking me. I was amused by the 80 something old guy driving it, he even had a hat with a feather in it, THE sign of someone you don't want to be driving anywhere near you.
  • Lou_BC "15mpg EPA" The 2023 ZR2 Colorado is supposed to be 16 mpg
  • ToolGuy "The more aerodynamic, organic shape of the Mark VIII meant ride height was slightly lower than before at 53.6 inches, over 54.2” for the Mark VII."• I am not sure that ride height means what you think it means.Elaboration: There is some possible disagreement about what "ride height" refers to. Some say ground clearance, some say H point (without calling it that), some say something else. But none of those people would use a number of over 4 feet for a stock Mark anything.Then you go on to use it correctly ("A notable advancement in the Mark VIII’s suspension was programming to lower the ride height slightly at high speeds, which assisted fuel economy via improved aerodynamics.") so what do I know. Plus, I ended a sentence with a preposition. 🙂