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World Q1 2012: Discover the Top 100 best-selling cars!

Toyota Prius c

* See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Austin *

Now that we have had a precise look at March worldwide sales, let's expand the ranking and explore the 100 models that sold the most worldwide over the first Quarter of 2012. And when you compare this ranking to the Full Year 2011 Top 100 there are A LOT of changes, so it's a pretty fascinating adventure we are embarking on together...

In spite of a scare (or a historical loss, depending on which way you split the numbers) in March where it was neck and neck with the Prius family, the Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling model worldwide over the period with 285,352 sales, on its way to yet another 1 million+ year. The massive event in this start of 2012 is the thunderous take off of the Prius family, delivering an out-of-this world 242,947 units which means 1 million Priuses could find a buyer in 2012 alone...

Granted, this figure includes the 3 bodystyles that now compose the Prius family. But even when split, each version would find its way in the world Top 80: the Prius would rank #26 with 116,756 sales compared to #42 in 2011, the Prius c/Aqua would be #57 at 69,983 units and the Prius MPV #78 with 56,208.

VW Jetta

Down from #2 in 2011, the Ford Focus lodges an excellent quarter at 236,261 sales and is followed by the VW Jetta, up an impressive 6 spots on its 2011 ranking with 202,804 sales, including various generations of the model on sale in each corner of the planet which all sell very well at the same time and make the Jetta Volkswagen's best-selling nameplate over the period.

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry, boosted by the arrival of its new generation, also has an excellent quarter, up 7 ranks on 2011 to #5 with 196,892 sales, ahead of the Ford Fiesta (-1) and VW Golf (-4). The Chevrolet Cruze stays #8 but with 188,863 sales it is General Motors' best-seller (and not the Wuling Sunshine) for the first time ever. The Nissan Versa is also called Tiida and Sunny in its hatchback and sedan versions in different parts of the globe but it's all the same model and it sells very well, up from #15 in 2011 to #9 with 187,867 units.

Nissan Versa

Further down, notice the Hyundai Accent up 4 spots to #15 thanks to astounding success in Russia notably where it is sold as Solaris, the Honda CR-V also up 4 ranks to #16, the Suzuki Swift/Dzire up 14 to #17 thanks to huge numbers in India, the Nissan Qashqai up 14 as well to #24 with record-breaking sales all across Europe, the VW Tiguan up 25 to #28 and the Kia Rio up a massive  59 spots to #35 with 101,059 sales.

Great Wall Haval H5

There are a few newcomers in the Top 100, among them the Daihatsu Mira Kei car up to #55 with 71,539 sales all in Japan, the  Wuling Hongguang up to #58 at 69,445 units and the Isuzu D-Max up to #72 with 57,497 sales. The best-selling Chinese vehicle is still the Wuling Sunshine but it is down 7 spots to #14. In the passenger car category, the FAW Xiali N3/N5 leads at #84 with 50,327 units, ahead of the Great Wall Haval H3/H5/H6, breaking into the World Top 100 for the first time at #95 with 45,775 sales.

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  1. silvio
    July 31st, 2012 at 05:06 | #1

    o jetta nao e incluido nos golf , porque nao e oficialmente um golf….

  2. Carson
    May 24th, 2012 at 18:55 | #2

    Is it fair include the Auris and Matrix sales in with Corolla and not add Golf sales to Jetta? I would see the Golf as the hatchback version of the Jetta. Ford Focus also combines hatchback and saloon/sedan sales, so it seems as though VW’s C-segment sales are being unfairly split.

  3. JLKN
    May 24th, 2012 at 00:50 | #3

    E-Class including convertible+coupé?

    • matgasnier
      May 24th, 2012 at 09:30 | #4

      That is correct JLKN!
      cheers
      Matt

  4. May 22nd, 2012 at 17:05 | #5

    The VW Jetta is so uglyyy!!!

  5. Anthony
    May 21st, 2012 at 07:29 | #6

    Hi Matt,
    BRILLIANT work once again.
    Just want to know if the Honda Accord figures include the Spirior,which is the Euro in China,the Crisstour,which is the US Accord hatchback in the US,and Acura TSX,which is the rebadged Euro in the US markets.

    Keep up the excellent work…all the best.

    • matgasnier
      May 25th, 2012 at 21:54 | #7

      Hey Anthony,
      Thank you! Glad you like it. Apologies for the delay in my response but to answer your question: the Honda Accord figures don’t include the Crosstour nor the Acura TSX or Spirior. Logical? I don’t know but hey. :-)

  6. Juan Felipe
    May 20th, 2012 at 20:40 | #8

    Matt, good ranking. Just one thing in the case of Fiat 500: if you just take into account its units sold in Austria, Czech Rep., Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Japan and Australia you will find that the small Fiat has accumulated sales of 53.846 units in the first Quarter (Jan-Mar). Due to lack of numbers in other important markets such as Belgium, Portugal and Mexico, 500’s numbers should be around 55.000 units (#77 in the ranking). If you want to see more news about Fiat-Chrysler group come to my blog:

    http://carindustryanalysis.wordpress.com/

    • matgasnier
      May 25th, 2012 at 22:02 | #9

      Thanks for the info Juan Felipe, I have now updated the ranking with the new Fiat 500 figure.
      cheers
      Matt

  7. GT
    May 20th, 2012 at 19:50 | #10

    The massive event in this start of 2012 is the thunderous take off of the Prius family, delivering an out-of-this world 242,947 units which means 1 million Priuses could find a buyer in 2012 alone…

    Granted, this figure includes the 3 bodystyles that now compose the Prius family. But even when split, each version would find its way in the world Top 80: the Prius would rank #26 with 116,756 sales compared to #42 in 2011, the Prius c/Aqua would be #57 at 69,983 units and the Prius MPV #78 with 56,208.

  8. Steam
    May 20th, 2012 at 18:26 | #11

    Which versions are included with Toyota Prius?

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