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World 9 months 2012: Discover the Top 180 best-selling models!

The BYD F3 could reclaim the title of Chinese best-selling passenger car in the world next month.

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As is now the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the Top 150 most popular cars around the globe for September 2012, we now have a further look at the worldwide year-to-date ranking to extract longer-term trends. Please notice these are September and 9 months figures, not October as not all data has come through yet for that month. Despite historically losing the top spot in September to the Ford Focus, the Toyota Corolla is still solidly installed in pole position year-to-date in 2012 865,674 sales vs. 747,228 for the Focus. The Toyota Camry holds onto its third position at 590,759 units but could be threatened by the VW Golf before the end of the year. Volkswagen's best-seller adds up to 582,621 sales and ranked at a shiny 4th place in September, with the 7th generation's effect on sale kicking in in November...

The launch of the 7th generation could help the VW Golf climb onto the worldwide podium by the end of the year.

The Chevrolet Cruze ranks #5 with a brilliant 571,172 sales, ahead of the Ford F-Series at 569,906 and the Hyundai Elantra at 566,812. If anything, the Elantra could gain one or two spots by the end of 2012 if strong sales in China of the new generation continue on their current trajectory. After a scare in August (#15), the Ford Fiesta is back in the Top 10 in September thanks to a strong UK market and should remain in 8th position this year, with the facelifted model helping it to maintain a high level until the end of the year. The VW Jetta is only #10 in spite of 3 consecutive months in third position, this ranking will go down as sales of the Chinese Jetta get removed once the new generation goes on widespread sales there in November.

Buick Excelle XT

There is not a lot of movement in the YTD ranking as the end of the year is starting to get close and total volume get higher. For example, the Toyota Hilux (#16) and Opel Astra (#18) remain stable in spite of excellent performances in September at #12 and #14 respectively - the latter mainly thanks to strong sales of the Buick Excelle XT in China. Notice the Honda Accord now within the Top 20 thanks to a weak month from the Suzuki Swift.

Ford Transit

Further down, the Opel Corsa benefits from a strong UK market to go up 2 spots to #27, the Ford Escape/Kuga is up one to #32, the Hyundai Tucson/ix35 up 2 to #35, the Renault/Dacia Logan down one to #36 but would rank #12 with 516,476 sales once Sandero figures are added - which will be the case in November as the two models are now the sedan and hatchback version of one single car. The Mercedes C-Class is up 3 to #57, the Toyota Aqua up 2 to #64, Renault Megane up 2 to #68 and the Ford Transit and VW Lavida are both up 4 ranks to #75 and #76 respectively.

FAW Xiali N5

The FAW Xiali N3/N5 is still the best-selling Chinese passenger car but it is down 4 spots to #132 and is now only 1,700 sales above the Chery QQ, up 2 ranks to #134 while the BYD F3 is up 7 to #137 with 106,401 sales and could reclaim the Chinese passenger car title as early as next month with the new F3 'Surui' off to a good start in China.

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  1. Marc
    November 27th, 2012 at 21:16 | #1

    I think then With name of:
    156 Chrysler Town & Country/Voyager 92,740

    must be added: LANCIA like brand for the Voyager how is sell in all Europe.
    (is the same how is classified:
    128 Dodge Journey/Fiat Freemont 113,905)


    (ps, question: but the 85 Dodge Grand Caravan 150,257 isn”t the same of Chrysler/Lancia Voyager?)

  2. Bryan
    November 27th, 2012 at 00:41 | #2

    Oh, i’m sorry i didn’t know that. Thank you for the great work :)@matgasnier

  3. sdogar
    November 26th, 2012 at 16:49 | #3

    Hi matt,

    Nice work, one question, you have included the sedan and hatch back in one count(like swift/Dezire, vitz/vios) but you have kept prius and prius c seperate, why ?

    • matgasnier
      November 26th, 2012 at 16:51 | #4

      Hi sdogar,
      Thanks! The prius and prius c are totally different cars and not the hatchback and sedan version of one same car which is why they are counted separately.
      Hope this helps.

  4. Peter
    November 26th, 2012 at 14:52 | #5

    Hi Matt,

    This is pedantic but I’d seriously consider adding the Acura CSX to the Civic totals. This increases the number of Civics by a grand total of 1 for the year (!), but it makes more sense when compiling previous years.

    The Acura ILX is a different story as this is perhaps further enough removed from the Civic to qualify as a model in its own right.

    • matgasnier
      November 26th, 2012 at 15:04 | #6

      Hi Peter,
      After 10 long minutes of pondering I have agreed to include the Acura CSX in the Civic total, upping it by one unit :)
      Thanks for the fun comment.

  5. Chris
    November 26th, 2012 at 09:57 | #7

    Great work as always Matt, I see the Ford focus has finally managed to pull to the top, time will tell if it is the model to topple the Corolla from its perennial full year #1 ranking (not this year but 2013 should be interesting). On a separate note, is there any data on worldwide sales of the Ford Figo? I believe is a solid seller in India and South Africa but not sure if enough to break into the global rankings?

    • matgasnier
      November 26th, 2012 at 13:01 | #8

      Hi Chris,
      The Figo totals 7,676 units in September which positions it within the Top 200.
      Hope this helps,

  6. Pedro
    November 26th, 2012 at 05:49 | #9

    I think the Audi A1 is missing. According to Audi’s official 9-months-report 96,381 A1 were delivered to customers.

  7. Bryan
    November 26th, 2012 at 00:14 | #10

    Astra and Excelle shound’t be together because they aren’t the same car. If you do that you should add Jetta to Golf, Megane to Fluence, Sandero to Logan, Corolla to Auris, etc.. Matt, be more careful please :)

    • matgasnier
      November 26th, 2012 at 10:20 | #11

      Hi Bryan,
      Thanks for your message.
      If you read carefully you will see that it is not the Buick Excelle that is counted with the Astra but the Buick Excelle XT/GT, only sold in China and that model is actually an Opel Astra so it is the same car. And by the way Sandero and Logan will be added together soon because they are now the sedan and hatchback versions of the same car.
      Hope this clarifies.

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