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

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

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.

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