By on May 20, 2013

Last time I opened my mouth, we travelled to Norway, the new land of the Nissan Leaf, and before that we religiously went through our monthly worldwide Roundup, spending time praising the ever-impressive performance of the Nissan Qashqai. Now it’s time to look at the 200 best-selling models worldwide. And there is a big (Chinese) surprise on the podium…

Wuling Hongguang. Picture courtesy of Hongguang

Discover the Top 200 best-selling cars in the world in February 2013 here

Keep in mind this ranking is based on official February sales in 60 countries and is therefore not 100% accurate. I know it’s a little old but it takes time to compile this kind of data you see, and this is the most sophisticated data you will find online (for free) though, so enjoy!

Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars in the world in 2012 here

February worldwide data is always full of surprises as it is traditionally a weak month in Europe but a strong one in the US, China, India and Japan. So the models ranking tends to evolve accordingly.

Toyota Corolla. Picture courtesy of gazoo.comToyota Corolla XI (Japanese version)

Discover the Top 200 best-selling cars in the world in February 2013 here

Strong Thailand sales push the Toyota Corolla ahead of the Ford Focus like in 2012 both this month with 78,631 sales vs. 75,723 for the Focus and year-to-date at 164,463 units vs. 161,998. Still extremely close though. Note the Corolla figure excludes Corolla hatch/Auris sales but includes the 11th generation of the model on sale in Japan.

Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars in the world in 2012 here

The massive event is in third place this month: even though it is only sold in China (for now – it was just launched in India as the Chevrolet Enjoy), the Wuling Hongguang manages to land in third position worldwide thanks to a record 64,096 sales. That’s 500 more than 3 generations of Hyundai Elantra managed to sell all over the world – this should not take away from the excellent score of the Korean model though but just gives a bit of perspective, as well as the fact that it is more than the number of Ford F-Series sold over the same period of time in North America (62,937)…

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. Picture courtesy of Team BHPSuzuki Swift DZire

A few other models shine this month in the world ranking: the Suzuki Swift/DZire is up 9 spots to brilliantly break into the worldwide Top 10 at #10 with a huge 48,557 sales (78% of which achieved in India alone under the Maruti Suzuki brand), the Chevrolet Silverado is up 12 to #14, the Renault Clio/Symbol up 10 to #21…

Ford Fusion. Picture courtesy of netcarshow.comFord Fusion

Discover the Top 200 best-selling cars in the world in February 2013 here

…Ford Fusion/Mondeo also up 10 to #23, Ford Escape/Kuga up 13 to #33, Toyota Prius C up 12 to #40 and passing the Toyota Prius again (#41), the Renault Duster up 3 to #42 and the Toyota RAV4 up 7 to #48.

Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars in the world in 2012 here

Previous month: World January 2013: Focus ahead of Corolla, VW Lavida #14

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars Blog, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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5 Comments on “Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Wuling Hongguang (aka Chevrolet Enjoy) Third Best-Seller Worldwide In February!...”

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    Glad to see the Fusion up there.

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    The Chevrolet enjoy… just the name alone Screams of a crappy disposable appliance.

    Being FWD we already know it’s disposable, but no need to push the point is there?

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      My FWD cars have turned out to be reliable appliances.

      Except for my 1989 Ford Tempo and 2001 VW Jetta. I should have “disposed” of both with fire.

      The Chevrolet Enjoy sounds like a name that was literally translated from Chinese. I bet the name looks as good as any marketing department can make anythibg when written in a simplified Chinese characters on the hatch and parked next to a Ford Fiesta.

      Alas, I was bested by the Mandarin language when I took a half semester of it in college, so I won’t be able to check this hypothesis directly.

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    The Chinese brand/plate is more like ‘Bright/Grand Light’ when translated from the language, unlike the India name reminding me of ice cream or something like that.

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    And number 1,154 is the Wuling Climax with massage seat and sensation shift manual transmission…

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