Photo Report: The cars of Malta in 50 pictures

1-land-rover-nadur-gozoLand Rover Pickup in Nadur, Gozo

Up until today, Malta was a rather secretive market on BSCB with no official sales figures and one lonely update based on Youtube videos dating back to 2010. This is no more. Sometimes car sales data has to be sourced from the very source and on-location research is the best way. There will therefore be two separate Malta updates: one detailing the overall car park of the two main islands (Malta and Gozo) forming the country, and one detailing the best-sellers so far in 2016 – exclusive info you won’t find anywhere else but on Bestsellingcarsblog. We will start with the cars of Malta in 50 Pictures. This is a selection from over 700 snaps of the most striking cars I found in Malta. Enjoy!

2-toyota-hilux-zebbug-gozoToyota Hilux in Zebug, Gozo

First about the actual experience of visiting Malta. If you are planning to visit Malta in the near future, don’t bother perhaps read these lines before you commit. Granted, the colourful balconies, Valletta, Vittorioso and the entire island of Gozo are unique and splendid. However, if you need a room and a car, you must be prepared to end up paying 3 times what you agreed to pay for, for something that will almost certainly end up being the opposite of what you paid for…

3-daihatsu-hijet-marsaxlokkDaihatsu Hijet in Marsaxlokk

For example, a rental car booked online with Goldcar for 43€ ends up costing 118€ due to a ‘mandatory’ all-excess insurance to be paid in case you don’t have a credit card – no mention of this when the company accepted my debit card details online of course. It’s a seasoned business: the cancellation fee is set at 150€ so you are plain and simply hijacked. One hour wait later, I get a Peugeot 208 that was so damaged the staff rolled their eyes at having to write down all the bumps and scratches on the sheet. The hotel room and petrol stations were a similar experience, to the point that for each € spent, I ended up having to spend 3€ for things I had not agreed to pay for – or for actually nothing at all. One day, Malta will wake up with so many consumer law suits on their hands they won’t know where to turn. If all this sounds like an appealing proposition to you, then by all means go visit Malta. End of rant! Now onto the cars.

4-kia-picanto-toyota-rush-vallettaKia Picanto and Toyota Rush in Valletta

5-toyota-vitz-vallettaToyota Vitz in Valletta

A former British colony, Malta gained its independence in 1964 and therefore is a Left Hand Traffic country, requiring Right Hand Drive (RHD) cars. The two main islands that form the country are very small, therefore cars don’t get used that much and can be kept on the road for a lot longer than in a continental location. As a result, the Maltese car park is a striking collection of RHD imports, mainly from Japan, the UK and India. As soon as I hit the airport carpark a flow of used imports from Japan invaded the landscape, king of them being the Toyota Vits (aka Yaris) with original Japanese logo on the bonnet. A lot would follow.

6-birgu-street-sceneBirgu street scene

Malta being neutral during the Cold War, there is also a very distinct Eastern European influence on the streets with many 1980s and 1990s Skodas and Ladas. Korean brands have been present for longer than most European countries, with Kia trucks dating back to the early eighties still in operation.

fordson-thames-1948-1954-vallettaFordson Thames (1948-1954) in Valletta

6-ford-escort-rabatFord Escort Estate (1968-1974) in Rabat

7-kia-truck-xaghra-gozoKia Truck in Xaghra, Gozo

8-kia-picanto-peugeot-108-maruti-gypsy-mdinaKia Picanto, Peugeot 108 and Maruti Gypsy in Mdina

The best-selling new cars will be detailed in a separate post, but mini cars are the norm with the Kia Picanto, Peugeot 108, Hyundai i10 and Citroen C1 very frequent.

9-maruti-gypsy-san-lawrenz-gozoMaruti Gypsy in San Lawrenz, Gozo

The Maruti Gypsy imported as used straight from India has melted the hearts of Maltese drivers, especially on the island of Gozo where it is used as an airy taxi under the blistering summer heat that was enveloping the island when I visited.

11-maruti-omni-birzebbugaMaruti Omni in Birzebugga

10-maruti-800-vittoriosa2 x identical Maruti 800 in Vittoriosa

The Gypsy isn’t the only Maruti popular in Malta, with the 800 so frequent still despite its age that more than one example in the same street is a common occurrence as pictured above.

12-seat-ibiza-smart-fortwo-mdinaSeat Ibiza and Smart Fortwo in Mdina

13-tata-sumo-birzebbuga2 x Tata Sumo in Birzebugga

14-tata-telcoline-marsaxlokkTata Telcoline in Marsaxlokk

Tata has also had its very successful time, with some rarities popping up regularly such as various generations of Sumo and the Telcoline with its air of Mercedes pickup.

mitsubishi-l200-victoria-gozoMitsubishi L200 in Victoria, Gozo

One staple of Malta is the older Japanese pickups streaming along every single street and unsealed road, with the Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max of absolutely all generations extremely well represented.

land-rover-birzebbugaLand Rover Pickup in Birzebuggaland-rover-nadur-gozo-pic2Land Rover Pickup in Nadur, Gozo
land-rover-mgarr-gozoLand Rover in Mgarr, Gozo

But the main emblem of Malta will have to be the valiant Land Rovers spread all across the two islands and looking almost pristine. Malta is a fascinating voyage in time where most cars have been conserved to near their original state. Just for this, it’s well worth the trouble.

15-marsaxlokk-street-sceneStreet scene in Marsaxlokk

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BSCB Exclusive: Discover the Top 1400 best-selling cars in the world

Toyota Corolla China July 2015. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.comThe Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world – 28% of its sales come from China. 

* See the Top 1382 best-selling cars in the world by clicking on the title *

Our traditional Full Year worldwide models ranking is finally here for 2015, and once again it is exclusive to BSCB. Thanks to the launch of 94 new nameplates and the addition of almost 200 Chinese commercial vehicles, the number of nameplates accounted for this year shoots up to 1.382 vs. 1.116 a year ago, so for the first time in the four years this chart has been published we can upgrade from a Top 1000 to a Top 1400 worldwide models – please bear with us while we work on making this a Top 1500 for 2016. This ranking is the result of the compilation of official sales data for 135 markets as well as manufacturers data shared by carmakers directly with BSCB. It was created with the help of Austin Rutherford. As we did for the 2014 ranking, complete notes are included in the table so it is clear what variants are included for each model, as often a car can be sold under various names and/or brands depending on the region of the world. The aim is to make it easier to gauge what really are the best-selling cars in the world in 2015.

VW Golf World 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Golf leaps to #2 worldwide in 2015. 

For the 11th consecutive year, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in the world in 2015 with just under 1.5 million units delivered. It is the only nameplate to cross the million annual sales mark, an illustration of the insurmountable margin it has over all other nameplates sold on the planet. Even when removing Auris and Scion iM sales (sold as Corolla hatch in some markets), the Corolla adds up to 1.339.000 units, the official figure communicated by Toyota. Note that over 100.000 Japanese Corolla – now a completely different model – are accounted for separately. While it threatened the Corolla for the #1 spot both in 2012 and 2013, the Ford Focus suffers from its half-replacement by the Escort in China and is down 19% to fall to #5 overall with 828.700 sales. The VW Golf snaps the #2 worldwide spot thanks to sales up 3% to 950.200, and is followed by the Ford F-Series (921.800) and Hyundai Elantra (913.200).

Nissan X-Trail World 2015. Picture courtesy autocosmos.comThe Nissan X-Trail overtakes the Honda CR-V to become the best-selling SUV in the world. 

Below, the VW Polo (+4%), Toyota Camry (-2%), Renault Logan/Sandero (-2%) follow while the Nissan Sylphy (+13%) breaks into the worldwide Top 10 at #9 and the VW Passat rounds up the Top 10 with over 733.000 sales. One rank below, we witness a coup in the booming SUV segment: thanks to fantastic scores in China and North America, the Nissan X-Trail (aka Rogue) is up 47% to overtake the Honda CR-V and become the best-selling SUV in the world with just under 710.000 sales. The CR-V is at 695.500, ahead of the Toyota RAV4 (669.300), Ford Kuga (634.200) and Hyundai ix35/Tucson (580.600). However, Honda can console itself with the outstanding welcome reserved to the HR-V, up 4-fold on 2014 to an astounding 540.100 worldwide sales, 45% coming from China where it is sold as the Vezel and XR-V. It ranks #6 SUV and #19 overall.

Mercedes C Class World 2015. Picture courtesy aolcdn.comThe Mercedes C-Class is the best-selling luxury vehicle in the world in 2015. 

The largest market in the world, China is having a larger impact on the worldwide models ranking each year. Proof: among the Top 30 worldwide best-sellers, only 6 models sold less than 100.000 units there: the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram Pickup and Toyota Hilux (all three are unavailable in China), the Suzuki Swift, Ford Fiesta and Honda Civic. Despite sales down 13% to 660.700, the Wuling Hongguang remains the best-selling Chinese nameplate in the world but steps out of the Top 10 to #16. The Haval H6 follows at #45 and the Baojun 730 at #56. The best-selling luxury vehicle in the world is the Mercedes C-Class (+34%), overtaking the BMW 3 Series (-7%), with the BMW 5 Series (-7%) and Mercedes E-Class (-11%) in tow.

Wuling Hongguang V World 2015. Picture courtesy auto.sohu.comThe Wuling Hongguang V is the most popular new launch worldwide in 2015. 

There are 94 all-new nameplates making their very first appearance in this 2015 Annual Worldwide ranking. The most successful of all is the Wuling Hongguang V, launched in January 2015 and posting almost 200.000 sales for its first run. A testimony of the fact that China is just evolving in a different dimension altogether, this smashing start has been deemed lukewarm at home, given the success of previous launches from the brand. Note the Ford Escort – a nameplate resuscitated exclusively for China – misses out on the title for most successful all-new model due to a launch in late 2014 but soars to 214.363 sales for its first full year nevertheless. Most of the next most popular all-new launches worldwide come from China: the Baojun 560 (145.007), GAC Trumpchi GS4 (131.016) distance the Mazda CX-3 (85.575), Brilliance V3 (75.293) and Venucia T70 (63.195). Then, we have the Renault Kadjar (54.353), Daihatsu Wake (53.411) and Ssangyong Tivoli (50.965).

The entire Top 1382 ranking is available below the jump – click on “Read more” below.

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World Full Year 2015: Total sales data available for 145 countries

World Full Year 2015: Discover the #1 models in 178 countries

World Full Year 2015: Toyota #1 in 90 markets vs. 20 for Volkswagen

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* Full Year 2015 Analysis * 136 markets available

Renault Trafic France 2015. Picture courtesy largus.fr

This article is the portal to all Full Year 2015 Reports, you can find below all updates already live. More are added each week, so be sure to check back here often!

See the Full Year 2014 Reports for 134 markets here

See the Full Year 2013 Reports for 108 markets here

World updates:

World Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 1400 best-selling cars in the world

World Full Year 2015: Toyota best-selling manufacturer as VW backs off

World Full Year 2015: Total sales data available for 145 countries

World Full Year 2015: Discover the #1 models in 178 countries

World Full Year 2015: Toyota #1 in 90 markets vs. 20 for Volkswagen

BSCB 135 countries FY2015 dataAll worldwide markets with Full Year 2015 reports mapped out

Top 10 World markets:

China Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 137 All-brands (BSCB Exclusive)

China Full Year 2015: Market up 4.7% to record 24.61 million despite sluggish summer

China LCV Full Year 2015: Sales transfer to mini pickups boosts Wuling Mini Truck to #1

China Full Year 2015: Discover the first-ever imported models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

USA Full Year 2015: 15 year-old annual record eclipsed: 17,470,659 units

USA Full Year 2015: Exclusive State by State rankings now available

Alaska (USA) Full Year 2015: Ram Pickup swoops up in front

Hawaii (USA) Full Year 2015: Toyota Tacoma upholds decades-long reign

Europe Full Year 2015: Market up a snappy 9% to 14.2 million units

Japan Full Year 2015: Toyota Aqua leads, tax hike hurts kei cars

Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

UK Full Year 2015: Market up 6% to record 2,633,503 units

UK Full Year 2015 – LCV: Ford Transit Custom and Vauxhall Vivaro on top

India Full Year 2015: Maruti tightens grip on record market

Brazil Full Year 2015: Onix first Chevrolet best-seller in 30 years

France Full Year 2015: Fleet and rental sales push market up 7%

France LCV Full Year 2015: Renault outpaces market to hold 33% share

Canada Full Year 2015: First FCA win in third consecutive record year

Italy Full Year 2015: Panda leads, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade superstars

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Alaska (USA) Full Year 2015: Ram Pickup swoops up in front

Algeria Full Year 2015: Dacia Logan holds off twin Renault Symbol

American Samoa Full Year 2015: Toyota Tacoma up 48%

Angola Full Year 2015: Suzuki Alto 800 and Chevrolet N300 reign

Argentina Full Year 2015: VW Gol Trend leads, market still troubled

Australia Full Year 2015: Mazda first full importer to #2 in record market

Australia Full Year 2015: Exclusive State by State rankings available

Austria Full Year 2015: Volkswagen and Opel on top, Passat and Astra up

Azerbaijan Full Year 2015: Lada Priora expected to lead market down 58%

Bahrain Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser hits 10% share

Belarus Full Year 2015: VW Polo resists Renault assault

Belgium Full Year 2015: Renault Scenic takes control for the first time

Bolivia Full Year 2015: Suzuki remains best-selling brand, Vitara launched

Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia #1, VW Passat up 99% to #2

Botswana Full Year 2015: Hilux in the lead, Datsun Go shines

Brazil Full Year 2015: Onix first Chevrolet best-seller in 30 years

Brunei Full Year 2015: Toyota Vios leads, Wigo catching up in market down 20%

Bulgaria Full Year 2015: Dacia Dokker distances Nissan Qashqai & Renault Captur

Cambodia Full Year 2015: Ford Ranger leads, outsells Toyota Hilux

Canada Full Year 2015: First FCA win in third consecutive record year

Chile Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Mitsubishi L200

China Full Year 2015: Discover the Top 137 All-brands (BSCB Exclusive)

China Full Year 2015: Market up 4.7% to record 24.61 million despite sluggish summer

China LCV Full Year 2015: Sales transfer to mini pickups boosts Wuling Mini Truck to #1

China Full Year 2015: Discover the first-ever imported models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

Colombia Full Year 2015: Chevrolet Sail #1, Renault gains two points share

Costa Rica Full Year 2015: Toyota continues to dominate

Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Full Year 2015: Podium 100% pickup

Croatia Full Year 2015: VW Golf reclaims #1 spot, Renault Clio up 81%

Cyprus Full Year 2015: VW Golf edges past Nissan Qashqai in last minute win

Czech Republic Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia resists Fabia, record market

Denmark Full Year 2015: 5th straight record year, first time above 200.000

Ecuador Full Year 2015: Chevrolet just below 50% share, monopolises Top 5

Egypt Full Year 2015: Chevrolet TFR #1 again, Renault Logan up 90%

England (UK) Full Year 2015: Mercedes C-Class in Top 10

Estonia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai dislodges Skoda Octavia for #1

Europe Full Year 2015: Market up a snappy 9% to 14.2 million units

Fiji Full Year 2015: Toyota improves to 29.3%, Hilux #1

Finland Full Year 2015: Skoda Octavia remains #1, VW Golf down 27%

France Full Year 2015: Fleet and rental sales push market up 7%

France LCV Full Year 2015: Renault outpaces market to hold 33% share

French Guiana Full Year 2015: Renault Clio leads, Dacia Sandero #3

Germany Full Year 2015: VW Golf celebrates 40 years in pole position

Greece Full Year 2015: Toyota Yaris, Opel Corsa and VW Polo lead unstable market

Hawaii (USA) Full Year 2015: Toyota Tacoma upholds decades-long reign

Honduras Full Year 2015: Toyota, Hyundai and Kia dominate

Hong Kong (China) Full Year 2015: Toyota Hiace #1, Crown and Alphard shoot up

Hungary Full Year 2015: Suzuki Vitara lands at #2 in market up 14%

Iceland Full Year 2015: Toyota and Skoda Octavia best-sellers

India Full Year 2015: Maruti tightens grip on record market

Indonesia Full Year 2015: Toyota Avanza celebrates one decade at #1 in market down 16%

Iran Full Year 2015: Exclusive production and imports figures available

Iraq Full Year 2015: Kia Frontier overtakes Toyota Hilux for #1

Ireland Full Year 2015: VW Golf and Ford Focus in the lead

Israel Full Year 2015: Kia most popular brand, Picanto reclaims lead

Italy Full Year 2015: Panda leads, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade superstars

Japan Full Year 2015: Toyota Aqua leads, tax hike hurts kei cars

Jordan Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Elantra

Kazakhstan Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent ends Lada Priora reign

Kenya Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser 70

Kiribati Full Year 2015: Toyota Hiace stays in the lead

Kuwait Full Year 2015: Toyota Prado crosses 10% share milestone

Laos Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux dominant, local Daehan trucks surprise

Latvia Full Year 2015: Nissan Qashqai and VW Passat outpace Skoda Yeti

Lebanon Full Year 2015: Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Lancer EX triumph

Lesotho Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux on top, Ford Ranger up

Liechtenstein Full Year 2015: VW Golf leads, Porsche 911 up to #20

Lithuania Full Year 2015: Fiat 500 improves further to 12.7% share

Luxembourg Full Year 2015: BMW 4 Series up to world-best #5

Madagascar Full Year 2015: Toyota holds off Hyundai for #1

Malawi Full Year 2015: Toyota soars to 52.3% share

Malaysia Full Year 2015: First year of reign for the Perodua Axia

Martinique (France) Full Year 2015: Rentals boost Renault and Clio to #1

Mauritius Full Year 2015: Toyota and Nissan strong, market down 9%

Mexico Full Year 2015: 12 months of records lead market up 19%

Moldova Full Year 2015: Dacia Logan challenged for the first time

Monaco Full Year 2015 (brands): Porsche just under 10% share at #3

Monaco Full Year 2015 (models): Smart Fortwo and Porsche Macan on top

Morocco Full Year 2015: Dacia improves share to 28.7% in record market

Myanmar Full Year 2015: Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hilux on top

Namibia Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux crosses 20% share mark

Netherlands Full Year 2015: Peugeot 308 sovereign (17.4% share in December)

New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2015: Dacia Duster threatens Ford Ranger

New Zealand Full Year 2015: First year at #1 for Ford Ranger in record market

Nicaragua Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux runaway leader

Nigeria Full Year 2015: Ford Ranger tops disrupted market

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2015: Ford Fiesta #1, Mokka and Kuga in Top 10

North Korea Full Year 2015: Pyeonghwa Samchunri back in charge

Norway Full Year 2015: e-variant boosts VW Golf up 69% to 10.9% share

Oman Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser P/up edges past Hilux

Pakistan Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla resists Suzuki Bolan/Ravi assault

Palestine Full Year 2015: First ever data available

Panama Full Year 2015: Kia Rio shoots up past Toyota Hilux

Papua New Guina Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 sovereign

Paraguay Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux leads, Chevrolet Tracker up

Peru Full Year 2015: Toyota Yaris and Hilux best-sellers in market down 4%

Philippines Full Year 2015: Sixth consecutive all-time record at 323.928 sales

Poland Full Year 2015: Skoda Fabia catches up on Octavia

Portugal Full Year 2015: Renault Clio clear winner in market up 25%

Puerto Rico Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla leads, Tacoma up

Qatar Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser sails off to 10.2% share

Republic of Macedonia Full Year 2015: Hyundai above Volkswagen, Passat #1

Réunion (France) Full Year 2015: Peugeot and 208 hold onto top spot

Romania Full Year 2015: Dacia Logan celebrates 11 years on top

Russia Full Year 2015: Hyundai Solaris teases Lada Granta in market down 36%

Samoa Full Year 2015: Ranger challenging Hilux

San Marino Full Year 2015: Volkswagen and Audi dominate

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra on top

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2015: New Gen lifts Vauxhall Corsa back to #1

Senegal Full Year 2015: Mitsubishi L200 snaps #1 spot off Toyota Hilux

Serbia Full Year 2015: Local hero Fiat 500L reclaims throne

Singapore Full Year 2015: Lower COE has market double year-on-year

Slovakia Full Year 2015: Skoda Fabia reclaims title off Octavia

Slovenia Full Year 2015: Renault Clio celebrates 18 years on top

Solomon Islands Full Year 2015: Market down 36%, Hilux #1

South Africa Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux holds off Ford Ranger threat

South Korea Full Year 2015: Hyundai Sonata #1, Ssangyong Tivoli shines

Spain Full Year 2015: Second year of reign for the Seat Leon

Sri Lanka Full Year 2015: Maruti Alto leads booming market

Swaziland Full Year 2015: Hilux overtakes Isuzu KB to take top spot

Sweden Full Year 2015: First podium ranking for the Volvo XC60

Switzerland Full Year 2015: VAG Group dominant, Mercedes up to #3

Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads market down 43%

Tahiti (France) Full Year 2015: Ranger and Duster resist Hilux push

Taiwan Full Year 2015: Toyota monopolises Top 4, Mazda3 shoots up

Tanzania Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser dominates

Thailand Full Year 2015: Hilux holds onto #1 in market down a further 10%

Tonga Full Year 2015: Hilux leads, Toyota holds 89% share

Tunisia Full Year 2015: Citroen leads again, Dacia up 35%

Turkey Full Year 2015: Toyota Corolla snaps last minute trophy

Uganda Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux #1, pickups hold 54% share

UK Full Year 2015: Market up 6% to record 2,633,503 units

UK Full Year 2015 – LCV: Ford Transit Custom and Vauxhall Vivaro on top

Ukraine Full Year 2015: Renault Logan triumphs, market down 52%

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer EX shoots up to #1

Uruguay Full Year 2015: Suzuki takes charge in market down 8%

USA Full Year 2015: 15 year-old annual record eclipsed: 17,470,659 units

USA Full Year 2015: Exclusive State by State rankings now available

Vanuatu Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux at almost 50% share

Venezuela Full Year 2015: Chevrolet Silverado #1, market down 96% on all-time high

Vietnam Full Year 2015: Toyota Vios stays #1, Mazda3 up 3-fold to #6

Wales (UK) Full Year 2015: Fiesta #1, Ford Kuga & Dacia Sandero shine

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Yemen Full Year 2015: Toyota Motor holds 74.2% share in market down 65%

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Toyota Tacoma World 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comToyota Tacoma. Toyota is the #1 manufacturer in the world in 2015. Picture motortrend.com

Toyota Motor Corp. remains the best-selling manufacturer in the world in 2015 and for the 4th consecutive year, becoming the only company to deliver more than 10 million vehicles this year as the Volkswagen Group backed off as a result of its emissions scandal. Global sales for Toyota Motor, including its Hino and Daihatsu units, are down 0.8% to 10.15 million vehicles whereas Volkswagen is down 2% to 9.9 million units including its MAN and Scania heavy truck brands. General Motors for its part is up 0.2% to 9.8 million, another very close finish on the overall podium this year.

VW Golf World 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auIts emissions scandal cost Volkswagen Group the coveted #1 worldwide spot.

Volkswagen led the way halfway through the year but had to give up the top spot to the Japanese manufacturer as it got embroiled in its biggest crisis so far, being forced to halt sales of diesels in some markets such as the U.S. and scrambling to repair some 11 million cars. The Volkswagen brand is down 5% to 6.254m units, overtaken by the Ford brand (6.514m), while Audi is up 4%, Skoda and Seat up 2% and Porsche up 19%. To make it five consecutive wins, Toyota has bought the rest of its 51% share in Daihatsu, in a move to strengthen its position in emerging markets, notably South-East Asia.

Baojun 560 China September 2015. Picture courtesy shwuling.comChina-exclusive Baojun allowed General Motors to post a 3rd record year in a row.

In third place, General Motors owes its third consecutive year of record global sales to its Chinese operations where it outpaced Volkswagen Group to rank #1 overall at 3.612.653 deliveries (+5%) vs. 3.548.600 (-3%). If the Chevrolet brand crumbles by 7% worldwide partly due to its retreat from Europe, Buick is lifted 9% by China, GMC is up a very healthy 11%, but it’s the Chinese-only entry level Baojun brand that enables GM to stay in positive worlwide this year, accounting for an additional 300.000 units in 2015 thanks to the tremendous success of the 730 MPV and 560 crossover (pictured above).

Renault Kwid World 2015. Picture courtesy motorbeam.comRenault-Nissan may have cracked the Indian market wide open with the Renault Kwid.

The Renault-Nissan alliance gains a timid 0.8% to hit a record 8.53m deliveries, with Nissan Motor up 2% to 5.42m vehicles and the Renault Group up 3% to 2.8m sales compensating a 30% drop at Avtovaz (Lada). Brand-wise, Nissan ends the year just below 5 million sales, cementing its 4th place overall below Toyota, Ford and Volkswagen, Renault is up 2% to 2.17m units, Dacia continues to improves at +8% and 550.920 sales, China-only Venucia is up 9% to 124.000 deliveries and recently relaunched Datsun posts a still very models 86.000 units in four major markets (Russia, Indonesia, India and South Africa).

Genesis EQ900 South Korea 2015Can the new Genesis brand bring Hyundai-Kia back to high profit rates?

Hyundai-Kia follows in 5th place in the Global Groups ranking for 2015 with stable sales at 7.88m but declining profits. Hyundai is the 5th best-selling brand in the world at 4.96m sales while Kia ranks #9 at 2.92m. Ford posts the largest year-on-year gain among the Top 10 Groups in the world by far: up 5% to 6.63m sales and its namesake brand outpaces Volkswagen to rank #2 overall with 6.51m units sold.

Jeep Renegade World 2015Jeep’s outlandish growth was cancelled by Fiat’s decline in 2015. 

In 7th place we find FCA Fiat-Chrysler Automobile: behind Sergio Marchione’s tranquil confidence hide stagnating – albeit more profitable – worldwide sales at 4.6m units. A very momentous change of balance is happening right before our eyes at FCA: while Fiat sales plummet 12% to 1.67m vehicles, handicapped by horrendous scores in Latin America, the Jeep brands keep posting outlandish growth rates: +21% to 1.3m units in 2015.

Mercedes GLE World 2015Mercedes surged 13% in 2015, closing in on BMW for the title of #1 luxury brand in the world.

In the luxury race, BMW celebrates 11 consecutive years in the #1 spot but is now under intense pressure from Mercedes, jumping from #3 in 2014 to #2 this year. Sales of BMW-branded cars are up 6% or exactly 100.000 units year-on-year to 1.91m, while Mercedes-branded vehicles are up a whipping 13% to 1.87m, outpacing Audi up just 5% to 1.8m. Note all three brands lodge all-time record years in 2015. In the case of Mercedes this is the 5th record year in a row, and the German luxury manufacturer benefitted from very strong gains in China where it surged 33% to 373.459 sales.

This post will be updated as more manufacturers report 2015 sales. If you have access to 2015 data that has not yet appeared here, please ensure to send it through in the comments section of the article.

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Historical Data available for 104 markets

The Wartburg 353 was among the best-sellers in East Germany in the sixties.

Best Selling Cars Blog now covers detailed Historical Data for 104 markets.

Highlights include France since 1894Germany for each year since 1946UK for each year since 1965, Australia since 1946Sweden since 1950Brazil since 1954 and Norway and Italy since 1956. The next batch of updates will include complete USA data all the way up to the 1920s, complete France data since 1950, and much more.

Below you will find direct links for you to explore all Historical Data available for the countries listed.

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Algeria since 2004

Argentina since 1965

Australia since 1946

Austria since 1977

Bahrain since 2005

Belarus since 1970

Belgium since 1989

Bosnia & Herzegovina since 2008

Botswana since 1985

Brazil since 1954

Brunei since 2011

The VW Beetle was #1 in Germany from 1946 to 1973.

Bulgaria since 1980

California (USA) since 2011

Canada since 1984

Chile since 2004

China since 1980

Colombia since 1990

Croatia since 2003

Cyprus since 2005

Czechoslovakia 1969-1993

Czech Republic since 1993

The Renault 4CV was #1 in France from 1949 to 1955

Denmark since 1992

Dominican Republic since 2005

Ecuador since 2006

Egypt since 2005

England (UK) since 2013

Estonia since 1970

Europe since 1972

Europe (Central & Eastern) since 2002

Finland since 1971

France since 1894

The Moskvitsh Elite was #6 in Finland in 1971

Germany since 1946

Greece since 1932

Gulf Cooperation Council since 2005

Hong Kong (China) since 2010

Hungary since 1998

Iceland since 2001

India since 1950

Indonesia since 1976

Ireland since 1974

The Hindustan Ambassador is likely to have been #1 in India from 1950 to 1984

Iran since 1967

Israel since 2005

Italy since 1956

Japan since 1969

Kazakhstan since 1970

Kenya since 1997

Kuwait since 2005

Latvia since 1970

Liechtenstein since 2011

Lithuania since 1970

Luxembourg since 1994

The Ford Model T was #1 in the US (and the world) potentially from 1910 to 1926

Macedonia (Rep of) since 2007

Malawi since 2013

Malaysia since 2000

Mauritius since 2011

Mexico since 2003

Moldova since 1970

Monaco since 2011

Morocco since 2004

Netherlands since 1982

New Caledonia (France) since 2003

The Saab 96 was #2 in Sweden from 1966 to 1970

New Zealand since 1973

Northern Ireland (UK) since 2011

Norway since 1956

Oman since 2005

Pakistan since 1995

Panama since 2010

Paraguay since 2011

Peru since 2005

Philippines since 1995

Poland since 1992

Portugal since 1989

The Lada 2101-3 was #1 car in USSR in the seventies

Puerto Rico (USA) since 1990

Qatar since 2005

Romania since 1969

Russia/USSR since 1970

Saudi Arabia since 2005

Scotland (UK) since 2008

Serbia since 2007

Singapore since 2006

Slovakia since 1993

Slovenia since 2003

The Chevrolet Chevette was the last Passenger Car to dominate the US ranking – in 1981.

South Africa since 1973

South Korea since 1997

Spain since 1973 

Sweden since 1950

Switzerland since 1970

Taiwan since 2005

Tanzania since 2009

Thailand since 2004

Tunisia since 2010

Turkey since 1993

The Austin Mini ranked within the UK Top 10 up until 1981

Uganda since 2013

UK since 1965

Ukraine since 1970

United Arab Emirates since 2005

Uruguay since 2010

USA since 1908

Venezuela since 1997

Vietnam since 2003

Wales (UK) since 2013

World since 1960

Zimbabwe since 1958

Full Year 2014 Reports – 134 markets available

2. Ford F-250 GallupThe Ford F-Series lodges its 33rd consecutive winning year in the US in 2014.

See First Quarter 2015 updates for the Top 12 markets in the world here

This article is the portal to all Full Year 2014 Reports, you can find below all updates already live. This list is updated as new Reports get published, so make sure you check in often!

World updates:

World Full Year 2014: Toyota still #1, BMW leads luxury sales

World Full Year 2014: Total sales data now available for 144 countries

World Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

Big 3 world markets:

China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million sales

China Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 40 best-selling luxury imports

USA Full Year 2014: Podium 100% pickup trucks for the first time in 11 years

USA Full Year 2014: Exclusive rankings State by State now available

California (USA) Full Year 2014: Now with detailed data available

Europe Full Year 2014: Sales up for the first time in 7 years, Octavia and A3 in Top 10

Europe Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 360 All-models and All-brands

All other markets available in alphabetical order:

Algeria Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan stays #1 in market down 20%

American Samoa (USA) Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Toyota Tacoma on top

Angola Full Year 2014: Suzuki and Hyundai on top

Argentina Full Year 2014: VW Gol new leader in market down 29%

Australia Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla holds onto top spot

Australia Full Year 2014: Discover the best-sellers State by State

Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

Bahrain Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser edges Prado out

Belarus Full Year 2014: VW Polo and Renault Sandero on top

Belgium Full Year 2014: VW Golf, BMW 3 Series and Renault Clio lead

Bolivia Full Year 2014: Suzuki Grand Vitara likely leader

Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Astra above VW Golf

Botswana Full Year 2014: Hilux, Ranger and Land Cruiser Pickups on top

Brazil Full Year 2014: Fiat Palio ends 19 years of VW Gol reign

Brunei Full Year 2014: Toyota Vios and Mitsubishi Mirage on top

Bulgaria Full Year 2014: Dacia Dokker tops again, Skoda Octavia #2

Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

Chile Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads in market down 11%

Colombia Full Year 2014: Chevrolet and Renault tops in record market

Costa Rica Full Year 2014: Toyota market leader

Croatia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia back in charge

Cyprus Full Year 2014: Nissan Qashqai snaps last minute top spot

Czech Republic Full Year 2014: Skoda Rapid #2 in record market

Denmark Full Year 2014: VW Up leads in 4th straight record year

Ecuador Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Sail and D-Max on top

El Salvador Full Year 2013-2014: Toyota Hilux most popular

England (UK) Full Year 2014: Audi A3 even higher than in UK

Egypt Full Year 2014: Chevrolet TFR edges out Hyundai Verna

Estonia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia outsells Honda CR-V to #1

Ethiopia Full Year 2014: Toyota Avanza and Hilux popular

Fiji Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra most popular

Finland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia overtakes VW Golf to pole position

France Full Year 2014: Renault Captur on podium

Georgia Full Year 2014: Photo Report and analysis

Germany Full Year 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot, Audi A3 shines

Germany Private Sales Full Year 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #4

Ghana Full Year 2014: Nissan outsells Toyota at 30% share

Greece Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris resists Opel Corsa assault

Guatemala Full Year 2014: Pickup trucks gain momentum

Haiti Full Year 2014: Daihatsu Terios best-selling SUV

Hong Kong (China) Full Year 2014: Toyota monopolises podium with Hiace, Noah & Crown

Hungary Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Mokka at world best

India Full Year 2014: Datsun Go underwhelms in market back up

Indonesia Full Year 2014: Toyota Avanza resists Honda Mobilio assault

Iraq Full Year 2014: First ever official data shows Toyota Hilux #1

Iran Full Year 1393 (2014/2015): Peugeot Pars/405 topple Saipa Pride

Ireland Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Toyota Corolla up to #5

Israel Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Italy Full Year 2014: Podium 100% Fiat for the 2nd time in 15 years

Japan Full Year 2014: Kei cars surge, Daihatsu Tanto outsells Toyota Aqua

Japan Full Year 2014: Now with exclusive Top 189 All-local models

Jordan Full Year 2014: Hyundai Elantra best-seller

Kazakhstan Full Year 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

Kenya Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 king of the savannah

Kiribati Full Year 2014: Toyota Hiace holds 55% market share

Kuwait Full Year 2014: Toyota Prado dominates Hilux and Camry

Laos Full Year 2014: Chery QQ best-seller, Chinese above 30% share

Latvia Full Year 2014: Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai take the lead

Lebanon Full Year 2014: Kia Picanto most popular

Lesotho Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Etios on top

Liechtenstein Full Year 2014: Seat Alhambra leaps up to 2nd place

Lithuania Full Year 2014: Fiat 500 shoots up to 11.2% share

Luxembourg Full Year 2014: VW Golf and Audi A3 on top

Madagascar Full Year 2014: Toyota edges past Nissan, Hawtai lands

Malawi Full Year 2014: Toyota above 50%, Hilux on top

Malaysia Full Year 2014: Perodua leads in record year

Martinique (France) Full Year 2014: Peugeot leads, Dacia on podium

Mauritius Full Year 2014: Toyota holds Nissan and Kia off

Mexico Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Aveo leads, VW Vento shines, Hyundai lands

Moldova Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan leads, Hyundai Santa Fe lands at #5

Monaco (brands) Full Year 2014: Mercedes #1, Porsche remains third

Monaco (models) Full Year 2014: Mini leads, Porsche 911 on podium

Montenegro Full Year 2014: Dacia Sandero the favourite

Morocco Full Year 2014: Dacia monopolises Top 4!

Myanmar Full Year 2014: Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hiace estimated best-sellers

Namibia Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1 in market up 32%

Netherlands Full Year 2014: VW Golf #1 for third time ever

New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger cements lead

New Zealand Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger ends 32 years of Toyota Hilux as #1 ute

Nigeria Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Accent on top

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2014: Renault Captur in Top 10

Norway Full Year 2014: Tesla Model S doubles sales to land in Top 5

Oman Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux resists Land Cruiser Pick-up assault

Pakistan Full Year 2014: New generation keeps Toyota Corolla #1

Panama Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris shoots up to #2

Papua New Guinea 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 reigns

Paraguay Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux stays #1, Hyundai i10 on podium

Peru Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris stays on top in market down 8%

Philippines Full Year 2014: Toyota leads in record market up 27%

Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Portugal Full Year 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf is market up 35%

Puerto Rico (USA) Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Mitsubishi Mirage #3

Réunion (France) Full Year 2014: Peugeot and its 208 dominate

Qatar Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser leads, Nissan Patrol up 81%

Quebec (Canada) Full Year 2014: Honda Civic reclaims #1 spot off Hyundai Elantra

Republic of Macedonia Full Year 2014: VW Golf resists Skoda Rapid attack

Romania Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan celebrates one decade on top

Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

Russia Full Year 2014: Now with the Top 434 All-models ranking

Samoa Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Hiace dominate

San Marino Full Year 2014: Volkswagen reclaims #1 spot off Audi

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Yaris in Top 5

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Fiesta ends 6-year Vauxhall Corsa domination

Senegal Full Year 2014: Mitsubishi L200 threatens Toyota Hilux

Serbia Full Year 2014: Skoda Fabia overtakes Fiat 500L

Singapore Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla new best-seller

Slovakia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia holds off Fabia and Rapid for #1

Slovenia Full Year 2014: Renault Clio leads, Captur up to #5

Solomon Islands Full Year 2014: Toyota and Isuzu in the lead

South Africa Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla shine

South Korea Full Year 2014: Hyundai Sonata reclaims leadership

Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for the Seat Leon

Swaziland Full Year 2014: Isuzu KB frankly outsells Toyota Hilux for #1

Sweden Full Year 2014: Volvo V70 celebrates 18 consecutive years on top

Switzerland Full Year 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia ultra-dominant

Syria Full Year 2014: Hyundai Elantra tops market in crisis

Tahiti (France) Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger and Dacia Duster edge past Toyota Hilux

Taiwan Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Luxgen shines

Tanzania Full Year 2014: Pickups and Toyota Hilux rule

Thailand Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris on podium

Tonga Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux holds just under 40% of tiny market

Tunisia Full Year 2014: Citroen #1 for the first time, Symbol best-seller

Turkey Full Year 2014: Renault Fluence edges Fiat Linea out

Uganda Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser lead

UK Full Year 2014: Market up 9% to highest level in a decade

UK Full Year 2014: Now with Top 365 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

UK Full Year 2014: Now with Pickup data

Ukraine Full Year 2014: Toyota and Geely on top, market down 54%

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux overtakes Prado

Uruguay Full Year 2014: Chevrolet #1, Suzuki Celerio best-seller

Vanuatu Full Year 2014: Toyota holds 82.1% market share

Venezuela Full Year 2014: ZNA Rich leaps up to #1 in market down 76%

Vietnam Full Year 2014: Toyota Vios best-seller for the first time

Wales (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Kuga leaps up to 5th place

Yemen Full Year 2014: Hilux leads in Toyota-ruled market

Zimbabwe Full Year 2014: Isuzu KB should be the favourite

See last year’s Full Year 2013 Reports for 108 markets here

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