29 Aug 18

The world’s best-selling car is…

The global light vehicles market has been growing steadily since 2009 at a rate of 2 to 3 percent per year. Focus2Move reports that in the past five years, the total volume has increased from 80 to 94 million units. This year is expected to total 98 million sales. The magic 100-million mark should be hit in 2019.

Looking at the top 10 of the first half of 2018, it is clear that last year's best-sellers keep their position and that SUVs are still on the rise. Especially the VW Tiguan is performing well, climbing from seventh to sixth position. The Toyota RAV4 stands its ground, holding on to its fifth position. The Honda CR-V has become a bit less popular, sliding from sixth to eighth place.

Remarkably, conventional models still rule the top 4. The undisputed bearer of the sales crown is still the Toyota Corolla, followed by the VW Golf (3rd place) and Honda Civic (4th place). The runner-up and odd one out as a pick up truck is the Ford F-Series. The best-selling premium model is the Mercedes C-Class, which comes in at number 17, with nearly 250,000 sales. The most popular electric car on the planet is the BAIC EC, a small city car that is only available in China.

What equally boggles our mind is that last year's self-proclaimed number 1 vehicle maker, Renault-Nissan, is nowhere to be spotted in the this top 10. The group's chicken with the golden eggs, the Nissan Qashqai, has to content itself with a 15th position globally.

Rank H1 2018 Rank H1 2017 Make Model Units H1 2018
1 1 Toyota Corolla 610,661
2 2 Ford F-Series 536.451
3 3 VW Golf 441,948
4 4 Honda Civic 424,688
5. 5. Toyota RAV4 408,703
6 7 VW Tiguan 405,087
7 10 VW Polo 375,975
8 6 Honda CR-V 337,802
9 11 Toyota Camry 337,107
10 8 Chevrolet Silverado 323,746

Source: Focus2move, World Best Selling Car Ranking, August 21st 2018

Picture copyright: Toyota, 2018

Authored by: Dieter Quartier