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World 2011 Updated: Toyota Corolla above Ford Focus and VW Golf

Toyota Corolla

* See the Top 35 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

I have been telling you that this world's best selling models ranking published by Forbes was looking dodgy. Now that most 2011 world markets have come through, it is time for a big update and more accurate figures. Mixing up my own estimates with the hard work of Austin from Ford Inside News I can now share with you a definitive Top 35 best-selling models ranking for 2011!

Ford Focus

And if the Toyota Corolla is confirmed as 2011 world's best-selling car with 1,141,709 sales, a big disappointment is in store for Hyundai fans: the Elantra is far from threatening the Corolla for the pole position and is not millionaire in 2011 in spite of what Forbes told you. Even including the 3 generations of the model still in production somewhere in the world, Elantra sales amount to 745,823 units, placing the model in 6th position...

VW Golf

In 2nd place we find the Ford Focus with 877,640 sales, followed by the VW Golf at 864,452 units and the VW Polo with 788,789 sales. The Ford Fiesta comes in 5th position at 765,511 units, ahead of the Hyundai Elantra, Wuling Sunshine (731,689 sales and not the 900,000+ reported by Forbes), Chevrolet Cruze, Ford F-Series and VW Jetta. Suddenly it all makes sense, doesn't it?

Wuling Sunshine

Notice the Iranian Saipa Pride at #13, the Suzuki Alto at #18, Honda CR-V at #19, Hyundai Accent at #20 and just under 500,000 sales, Toyota Hilux, #1 in 34 countries, at #22, Toyota Prius at #28, Kia Forte at #29, Nissan Qashqai at #32, Skoda Octavia at #33 and Dacia Logan at #36.

You can see my original World 2011 article here (Caution: figures in that article are not correct).

Full Year 2011 Top 35 Ranking Table below.

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  1. August 16th, 2012 at 22:18 | #1

    @matgasnier
    Thank you for clearing that up, Matt—you deserve even more praise! I have Tweeted and Facebooked about this page!

    • matgasnier
      August 17th, 2012 at 19:21 | #2

      Many thanks Jack :)

  2. August 16th, 2012 at 12:35 | #3

    At last, someone who has the nous to put together a proper global ranking! And it’s beautifully researched: you did what I would have done by including the Excelle XT with the Opel Astra, all the Corolla variants together, Sagitar and Clasico with Jetta, etc.

    Tiny question: did the Indian-market Chevrolet Optra Magnum and Colombian Chevrolet Optra Advance get counted among the Buick Excelle numbers (same car again)? I’m wondering if that might put it just ahead of the Logan.

    I am really grateful that you are transparent enough to have those notes and this is a really valuable page!

    • matgasnier
      August 16th, 2012 at 17:30 | #4

      Thanks Jack I really appreciate your praise!
      Make sure you check the more recent world updates as well :)
      Yep all Chevrolet Optras are counted with the Buick Excelle.
      Hope this helps
      cheers
      Matt

  3. Bill Tan
    March 24th, 2012 at 18:04 | #5

    Hi Matt, may I know what was Passat’s sales for just the B7 version? Is Magotan also based on B7? Thanks.

  4. Carson
    March 3rd, 2012 at 02:56 | #6

    Hi. Is the Auris not counted as part of the Corolla sales? It is just a rebadged Corolla hatchback no? As much a part of the Corolla family as the Matirx I’d have thought.

    • matgasnier
      March 3rd, 2012 at 12:41 | #7

      Hi Carson,
      Yes the Auris is counted as part of Corolla sales.
      If you look at the notes at the bottom of the chart you will see an explanation about which models are counted as part of the different nameplates.
      cheers
      Matt

  5. Steam
    February 29th, 2012 at 22:08 | #8

    matgasnier :Hey Steam, the Santana is not counted in the Passat sales at this stage. Mmm that’s a hard one…

    Hello Matt, thanks for your answer.

  6. andre
    February 27th, 2012 at 22:53 | #9

    It makes much more sense to me now.
    Amazing job, congrats!!!

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 23:24 | #10

      Thanks Andre, glad you like it!
      cheers
      Matt

  7. wolfsburg
    February 27th, 2012 at 13:36 | #11

    Forbes must have added the i30 into Elantra range so that it was more than a million.

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 17:28 | #12

      I think you are correct wolfsburg :)
      cheers
      Matt

  8. Steam
    February 27th, 2012 at 12:40 | #13

    One question to Matt: Volkswagen counts Passat, CC, Magotan and Santana together. Is the Santana (which is Passat II sedan) included in the Passat-sales? You also counted Jetta II together with Jetta/Bora etc.

    I know, this list is may be the most difficult one … ;)

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 13:23 | #14

      Hey Steam, the Santana is not counted in the Passat sales at this stage. Mmm that’s a hard one…

  9. tuga
    February 27th, 2012 at 11:49 | #15

    Amazing sales for the Qashqai. I think Nissan had estimated sales of about 60-80k cars a year, you can just image the type of money they’re making on each car they sell now.

  10. STAC
    February 27th, 2012 at 11:39 | #16

    Euh mon message a été supprimé ?

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 13:25 | #17

      Correction faite

  11. Rick
    February 27th, 2012 at 09:13 | #18

    And 382.000 Nissan QQ’s – in it’s sixth year it has never sold so well!

  12. Rick
    February 27th, 2012 at 09:10 | #19

    Polo has always been a successful car, but never to this extent.
    Huge!

  13. Anthony
    February 27th, 2012 at 07:38 | #20

    Well done Matt,far more reliable looking now…

    I assume Honda Accord figures are for both the US and Euro versions,with the Euro versions including the Honda Spirior in China,and Acura TSX in US markets ???

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 08:19 | #21

      Thanks Anthony. Yes you are correct Accord figures include both US and Euro versions.
      cheers
      Matt

  14. mohamed
    February 27th, 2012 at 02:39 | #22

    so what is the difference ? you said that you fixed forbes harts at the previous post .. what changed ?

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 08:12 | #23

      Really? Can you not see any difference between the two rankings? :-)
      Have you checked closely?
      cheers
      Matt

  15. Steam
    February 27th, 2012 at 01:25 | #24

    Great job once again, thanks Matt.

    • matgasnier
      February 27th, 2012 at 08:15 | #25

      Thanks Steam, glad you’re enjoying it.
      cheers
      Matt

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