World 2009: Corolla #1 with 900,000+ sales
No surprises, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world in 2009, thanks to very strong results in the USA, Japan, China and most of Asia and Africa. 908,661 units of the model were sold in 2009 alone.
The Ford Focus takes the second spot with 781,139 registrations, but this figure is a combination of the European and US versions, which are pretty different cars. Similarly in 3rd, the Ford Fiesta totals 724,502 sales through a couple of different generations on sale across the planet.
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The VW Golf is 4th ‘only’ with 705,276 units, 572,000 of which in Europe where it is strong leader. The Honda Civic closes the Top 5, Toyota places two more models in the Top 10: the Camry in 6th and the Yaris in 10th, the only French model in the Top 10 is the Peugeot 207 in 8th. Note this ranking doesn’t include commercial vehicles: the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Hilux would otherwise hold pretty high spots.
Source: Economic forecaster IHS Global Insight compiled the sales figures for 2009, which were published by Forbes magazine.