The Top 10 Best-Sellers World Wide In 2012

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
the top 10 best sellers world wide in 2012

Polk released their list of 10 best-selling nameplates in 2012 – and while the list led to a bit of a spat between Toyota and Ford over who won had the race – the rest of the list gives us a picture of what’s popular around the world. While Bertel is claiming that Toyota came out on top, I am merely reporting the Polk data. Any disputes or accusations pro or anti (insert nationality here) bias can be meted out in the comments. I’ll go grab the popcorn.

1. Ford Focus: 1,020,410 units sold

2. Toyota Corolla: 872,774 units sold

3. Ford F-Series: 785,630 units sold

4. Wuling Zhiguang: 768,870 units sold

5. Toyota Camry: 729,793 units sold

6. Ford Fiesta: 723,130 units sold

7. VW Golf: 699,148 units sold

8. Chevrolet Cruze: 661,325 units sold

9. Honda Civic: 651,159 units sold

10. Honda CR-V: 624,982 units sold

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  • Philadlj Philadlj on Apr 16, 2013

    As I may have touched on in BS's piece about the sales spat, if Ford really wants to defeat the Toyota Corolla, they should add the word "Focus" to all of their models. They could even go a step further and rename the brand "Focus." All they'd have to do is replace the "RD" script in the blue oval with "CUS". Of course, this may set off a "nameplate war" in which Toyota names all (rather than half) of their models Corolla. But it would be their move.

    • Corntrollio Corntrollio on Apr 16, 2013

      Toyota already sort of does that. Don't you buy Corollas at the "Toyota Corolla Store"? I believe the Celica was always sold at the Toyota Corolla Store too. They have different branding/stores for different models -- e.g. the Toyota Vista Store now known as the Netz Store, Toyopet STore, etc.

  • Lon888 Lon888 on Apr 16, 2013

    "Leave the USA and you don't see Hondas"? Ever been to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia or Phillipines?

  • Jeff S The question is how long will Ford offer the Mustang as a pony car? Dodge is sun setting the Challenger at the end of this year and it is doubtful if the Challenger will come back as an EV. Rumors are the Camaro name will be used on an EV and that will mostly likely be a crossover. There is not enough market for a Detroit muscle or pony car. It is sad to see not only the last of the cars like the Camaro and Challenger go but to see most cars go. Soon this site will have to change its name to The Truth About Trucks (TTAT).
  • Oberkanone Does GM build anything to compete with this? Does GM build any competent hybrids?
  • Dukeisduke So, it'll be invisible, just like all other Gen 6 Camaros?
  • Alterboy21 The gov't has already mandated control of your vehicle. 10 years ago they required cars to have ABS and traction control.I am not sure I agree that automatic breaking is ready for primetime, but taking control of a cars driving behavior is not new ground for the NHTSA. 
  • Parkave231 Collector's Edition hood ornament or GTFO.