* See the list of 56 models #1 in at least one country by clicking on the title! *
Now that nearly all 2011 data is out, I can share with you a summary of which models appear in pole position the most often. This information is exclusive to Best Selling Cars Blog, you won’t find it anywhere else! This is not a reflection of the highest sales volumes which are the object of another post, only how many times a specific model manages to rank #1 in any country.
Toyota places no less than 8 models in pole position in at least one country, Chevrolet & Ford 5 and Nissan & Volkswagen 4.
The Toyota Hilux is king of the world at this little game: it is #1 in 34 countries, albeit including 25 in Africa where the volumes are very low. As a result the Hilux is actually only #22 in the world in terms of sales. The Toyota Corolla follows with 18 countries, including 10 in Africa and 5 in Asia. The Corolla is the only model to rank #1 in at least one country of each continent: Africa, Asia, Europe, America and Oceania.
Then until a few months ago we used to find the VW Golf, but it is now the Skoda Octavia, going from #1 in 4 countries in 2010 to #1 in 8 countries in 2011! Excellent performance of Skoda here with a 3 year-old model that is slowly but surely growing on Eastern and Western European consumers alike.
The Pyeonghwa Samchunri is #1 in North Korea
The VW Golf follows, #1 in 7 countries, then we find the Toyota Camry, #1 in 5 countries (to be taken with caution as they are all BSCB’s estimates), and the Hyundai Accent/Verna and Toyota Land Cruiser, both #1 in 4 countries. There are 6 models #1 in 3 countries, 15 cars #1 in 2 countries and 28 models #1 in just one country.
See ‘Read more’ for the full list of all 57 #1 models and in which countries they do so.
Methodology: in case there is official data available, I have used the final 2011 ranking. For the countries with no official data, the #1 models are estimations based on thorough observation of the streets of each country through recent YouTube videos and therefore should be relatively close to reality.
Number of countries in which the model ranks or is estimated to rank #1:
(Click on the country to see the detailed ranking)
Toyota Hilux: 34 – Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Congo (Dem Rep), Congo (Rep of the), Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Yemen
Toyota Corolla: 18 – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Georgia, Jamaica, Kenya, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Zimbabwe
BMW 5 Series: 1 – Singapore
Chevrolet Cruze: 1 - Mauritius
Chevrolet Optra: 1 - Libya
Daihatsu Terios: 1 – Costa Rica
Ford Transit Connect: 1 - Turkey
Hyundai i10: 1 – Nepal
Hyundai Tucson: 1 - Dominican Republic
Kia Cerato Forte: 1 - Syria
Lada Kalina: 1 – Russia
Mitsubishi Pajero: 1 – Ghana
Nissan Qashqai: 1 - Lithuania
Nissan Sunny: 1 – Sri Lanka
Nissan Tiida: 1 – Chile
Opel Corsa: 1 – Greece
Proton Saga: 1 - Malaysia
Pyeonghwa Samchunri: 1 – North Korea
Range Rover: 1 – Albania
Renault Kangoo: 1 - Morocco
Renault Megane: 1 - Portugal
Saipa Pride: 1 – Iran
Seat Ibiza: 1 – Spain
Skoda Fabia: 1 – Bosnia
Toyota Avanza: 1 – Indonesia
Toyota Prius: 1 – Japan
VW Clasico: 1 – Mexico
VW Gol: 1 – Brasil
Volvo V70: 1 – Sweden
Wuling Sunshine: 1 – China
ZAZ Lanos: 1 – Ukraine