World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling Italian models

Fiat Palio VW Gol Brazil 2014. Picture courtesy of Palio

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After detailing the best-selling French nameplates worldwide in 2014, we continue on our study of the nationality rankings with Italy. Note are listed here Italian brands, and therefore the American brands under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group will be listed under the American nameplates ranking. Expectedly, the Italian nameplates sales charts is dominated by Fiat which holds 13 of the Top 15 spots. However a quick look at the best-sellers shows how critical Fiat’s sales outside of Europe are. The best-selling Italian nameplate in the world in 2014 is, like in 2013, the Fiat Palio – just crowned in Brazil – with just under 360.000 sales including the Siena sedan variant and the Dodge Forza and Vision rebadges. That’s a good 115.000 units above the 2nd best-seller, the Fiat 500 up 8% on 2013 despite its advanced age.

Iveco Daily World 2014The Iveco Daily is the best-selling non-Fiat Italian model in the world in 2014.

A Light Commercial Vehicle, the Fiat Ducato, takes the third spot with 223.000 sales including its Ram, Peugeot and Citroen twins. In fact, there are five commercial vehicles inside the Italian Top 15, demonstrating the manufacturers’ strength in this segment: the Strada (#4), Doblo (#9), Fiorino (#10) and Iveco Daily (#11) join the Ducato in the ranking. The Panda (+3%) improves while the Punto (-19%) and Uno (-36%) tumble down. The Fiat 500L ranks #8 for its first full year in market, and should be joined by the 500X in 2015. Finally, notice the China-exclusive Fiat Viaggio/Ottimo at #12.

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World 1st Half 2015: Volkswagen outsells Toyota for the first time

VW Passat World June 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new generation Passat helped Volkswagen become #1 worldwide so far in 2015.

The long-term trends made us anticipate it and it has now happened: over the first six months of 2015, the Volkswagen Group overtook Toyota Motor to become the largest automaker in the world in volume, putting the company on track to achieve its target of becoming the worldwide sales leader by 2018 a full three years in advance. Volkswagen Group deliveries over the period are down 0.5% to 5.04 million units including the MAN and Scania truck brands. Very dynamic sales at home in Europe were tarnished by a first-in-a-decade decline in China but the small drop still enabled the German group to outsell Toyota, down 1.5% to 5.02 million vehicles including the Daihatsu cars and Hino heavy truck brands. General Motors for its part is down 1.2% to 4.86 million sales.

Toyota Tacoma World June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comToyota could slip to #2 worldwide in an annual ranking in 2015 for the first time since 2011.

This change of guard atop the worldwide sales charts is a very rare event and the first time the Volkswagen Group snatches the top spot halfway through the year. If it maintains its lead until the end of 2015, it would be the first time Toyota Motor isn’t the worldwide best-seller since 2011 when production constraints linked with the Asian natural disasters that year limited its sales and had Toyota gave way to General Motors. The American manufacturer held the worldwide pole position from 1931 to 2007, with Toyota taking over from 2008-2010.

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling French models

Renault Logan World 2014. Picture courtesy of zr.ruRenault Logan

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After detailing the best-selling luxury nameplates worldwide in 2014, we now study the ranking based on a few nationalities. First off, France. And a striking realisation: two of the three best-sellers worldwide belong to Renault’s ‘entry’ (read low-cost) range, sold under the Dacia brand in Europe and around the Mediterranean sea. World figures combine Renault and Dacia sales and the Logan is tops at this little game with over 760.000 deliveries worldwide, including its hatchback variant the Sandero. This pushes the Logan into the world’s Top 10 best-selling models (#12 last year), the only French rep in… the Top 30!

Peugeot Pars World 2014No this is not a mistake: the 405 is Peugeot’s third best-seller worldwide in 2014!

In 2nd place but down 6 spots worldwide to #37 we find the Renault Clio, saving its ranking by just 30.000 units at 458.000 sales (+1%) vs. 428.000 (+11%) for the Renault Duster, the 2nd low-cost Renault on the French podium. Lifted by its instant success in Russia, Latin America and Brazil adding up to its blockbuster status in the whole of Europe, the Duster is also the 8th best-selling SUV in the world. Not surprisingly, Peugeot’s best-seller worldwide is the 208 (-6%) above the 308 (#70) while Citroen places the Berlingo at #6 (including Peugeot Partner sales) and the C4 at #7 mainly thanks to China sales.

Renault Duster World 2014. Picture courtesy zr.ruRenault Duster

But the biggest surprise in the French Top 10 is the Peugeot 405 selling an astounding 217.000 units  essentially in Iran whereas it has long been discontinued in the rest of the world. This makes the 405 the third best-selling Peugeot nameplate in the world in 2014. Rounding up the Top 10 and promised to much higher rankings in the coming years are two familiar faces: the Peugeot 2008 (+175%) and Renault Captur (+107%) both gravitate around 200.000 worldwide deliveries for their first full year in market – a stunning performance for the two baby SUVs. The Citroen C-Elysée (+35%) and Peugeot 301 (+53%) take advantage of strong Chinese sales while the Citroen C4 Picasso (+21%) is boosted by the new generation.

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling premium nameplates

BMW 3 Series World 2014The BMW 3 Series remains the most popular premium nameplate in the world.

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After focusing on the best-selling pickups in the world, we now detail the most popular premium nameplates worldwide in 2014. The BMW 3 Series remains on top with over 480.000 deliveries despite sales down 4% and the renaming of its coupe variant as 4 Series – already #21 with almost 120.000 units. BMW manages a 1-2 like in 2013 with the 5 Series in 2nd position with a stunning 373.000 sales, above the Audi A4 (-4%) and Mercedes C-Class (+6%) which should jump a couple spots up in 2015 with the new generation now in full gear.

Audi Q5 World 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Audi Q5 is the best-selling premium SUV in the world.

If BMW leads the luxury brands ranking in 2014 and for the 10th consecutive year with 1.81 million sales (+10%) above Audi at 1.74 million (+11%) and Mercedes at 1.65 million (+13%), Audi places the most nameplates inside the Top 10 best-sellers: the A4 (#3), A3 (#5) and A6 (#6) while the Q5 (#8) and Q3 (#9) are the two best-selling luxury SUVs in the world with just under 250.000 sales (+6%) and just under 200.000 (+36%) respectively. Lexus’ best-seller, the RX, comes in at #12, the BMW X5 is up 37% to #15, the Volvo XC60 up 20% to #16 and the Mercedes M-Class up 16% to #20.

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First Half 2015 Reports – Top 20 world markets

Mercedes C-Class UK June 2015. Picture courtesy C-Class – the UK market evolves at all-time record heights in 2015.

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

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Here you will find the direct links to the Special 1st Half 2015 Full Reports for the Top 20 markets in the world. This page is updated each time a new Report is pushed live.

World 1st Half 2015: Volkswagen outsells Toyota for the first time

China 1st Half 2015: Domestic carmakers regain ground in shy market

USA 1st Half 2015: Nissan Rogue, Chrysler 200 and Chevy Colorado game changers

Europe 1st Half 2015: Recovery now firmly in place – albeit artificial?

Japan 1st Half 2015: Mercedes impressive in market down 11%

Germany 1st Half 2015: Golf, Passat and Polo further Volkswagen domination

UK 1st Half 2015: Registrations up 7% to highest-ever half year score

India 1st Half 2015: Maruti, Hyundai and Honda impress

Brazil 1st Half 2015: Fiat Palio #1, models ranking turned upside down

France 1st Half 2015: Shaky recovery lifts market up 1 million units

Canada 1st Half 2015: Pickups lift market up to record level

Italy 1st Half 2015: SUV craze energises market up 15%

South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

Russia 1st Half 2015: Hyundai and Kia winners in damaged market

Mexico 1st Half 2015: Nissan surfs on record wave, Hyundai in Top 10

Australia 1st Half 2015: Mazda graduates to #2 in record market

Spain 1st Half 2015: Seat Leon ahead of Ibiza in market up 23%

Indonesia 1st Half 2015: Pickups winners in market down 18%

Iran 1st Half 2015: Coming soon

Turkey 1st Half 2015: Fiat Linea reclaims pole position

Saudi Arabia 1st Half 2015: Coming soon

Thailand 1st Half 2015: Toyota Hilux transitions, Honda HR-V makes a splash

The Top 20 markets in the world:

Pos Market H1 2015 /14 H1 2014 Pos FY14
1 China 11,850,000 1% 11,735,000 1 1
2 USA 8,523,058 4% 8,160,000 2 2
Europe 7,410,510 8% 6,833,692
3 Japan 2,676,634 -11% 3,005,806 3 3
4 Germany 1,618,949 5% 1,538,268 5 5
5 UK 1,376,889 7% 1,287,265 6 8
6 India 1,321,367 5% 1,259,109 7 6
7 Brazil 1,269,853 -20% 1,582,569 4 4
8 France 1,017,235 6% 957,696 9 9
9 Canada 933,439 3% 909,186 10 10
10 Italy 876,447 15% 762,744 12 12
11 South Korea 850,946 7% 798,237 11 11
12 Russia 782,094 -36% 1,229,931 8 7
13 Mexico 609,825 22% 500,360 15 14
14 Australia 578,427 3% 559,951 14 15
15 Spain 560,110 23% 459,479 16 17
16 Indonesia 525,479 -17% 629,393 13 13
17 Iran (e) 520,000 30% 400,000 19 18
18 Turkey 432,550 51% 286,861 22 20
19 Saudi Arabia (e) 422,000 3% 408,073 18 19
20 Thailand 369,109 -16% 440,911 17 16

Note: China, USA, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Thailand data include LCV sales, the others don’t.

World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling pickups

Ford F-Series World 2014. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is still the worldwide best-selling pickup truck.

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After detailing the best-selling SUVs in the world, we now look at the most popular pick-up trucks. The world of pickups is divided in two: North America and the rest of the world. Pickups that are sold and popular in North America are vastly different to the ones en vogue outside that region – most of them produced in Thailand. This world structure has a lot to do with the so called “chicken tax” that pushed Japanese manufacturers to start producing vehicles in the U.S. and put an end to affordable imports. The Toyota Hilux for example was sold in the U.S. until 1995 when it was replaced by the Tacoma. The Ford F-Series remains the best-selling pickup truck in the world and by a large margin, almost exclusively due to its North American sales and totalling 901.177 units. Even though it is currently under threat from the Chevrolet Silverado (#3 in the world in 2014) in the US and the Ram Pickup (#4 worldwide in 2014) in Canada, it should easily retain its title in 2015.

Toyota Hilux World 2014The Toyota Hilux is #2, even though it ranks #1 in 45 countries (2015 model shown).

In fact, the Toyota Hilux, #2 worldwide with 648.900 sales despite ranking #1 in 45 countries in 2014, is the only non-U.S. pickup in the Top 5. The Ford F-Series (-1%), Chevy Silverado (+9%), Ram Pickup (+21%) and GMC Sierra (+10%) encircle it, a spectacular demonstration of how singular North America’s love of pickup truck is at the moment, these four nameplates generating over 95% of their worldwide sales in just two markets: the U.S. and Canada. The rest of the world prefers the Hilux (#2), Isuzu D-Max (#6), Ford Ranger (#8) while the Nissan Navara (#10) is the only model present in both the U.S. and the rest of the world.

3. Wuling Rongguang Pickup MoheWuling Rongguang Pickup in Mohe, China.

There is a third force flexing its arms: China. Even though pickup trucks are banned in most Chinese cities, this segment is the one with the biggest untapped potential, as I detailed in my STRATEGY article “Where is China headed?”. Wuling Pickups are up a splendid 25% and two spots on 2013 to #7 with 219.466 sales but aren’t typically the type of pickups that can conquer the world. The Great Wall Wingle may be down 12% to 114.819 units but it’s the proof that Chinese manufacturers are starting to be really good at producing Thailand-style pickups that could endanger Japanese manufacturers in Africa for example. Also, if and when the city ban for pickups is removed in China, we will see a lot more of them in the Top 15 worldwide best-sellers…

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World Full Year 2014: Discover the best-selling SUVs

Honda CR-V World 2014. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Honda CR-V is still the world’s best-selling SUV, but the Toyota RAV4 is catching up.

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After having a look at the most successful all-new nameplates in the world in 2014, we now focus on the best-selling SUVs. This is the first segment we focus on here at BSCB, simply because booming trend that characterises it has quickly spread to the majority of worldwide markets in 2014. If the Top 5 worldwide best-sellers are unchanged vs. 2013, each nameplate’s evolution is drastically different and the rest of the ranking gets a full reshuffle with one Chinese model displaying explosive growth.

Nissan X-Trail World 2014The new model lifts Nissan X-Trail’s worldwide sales up 68%.

The Honda CR-V holds onto the title of world’s best-selling SUV but with its sales down 3% to 711.069, it is now under threat from not one, but two nameplates: the Toyota RAV (642.500) and Ford Kuga (634.572), both up a stunning 15% on their 2013 score. The Hyundai ix35 does not seem to feel the effects of time, up 4% this year, as does the VW Tiguan up 10%. If one model needed to be singled-out for most spectacular reversal of fortune it would be the Nissan X-Trail, its new generation becoming an instant blockbuster everywhere it launched, notably in China, earning it the 6th spot overall with sales up 68%.

Haval H6 Sport World 2014. Picture courtesy of 1qibi.comSmall Haval will become big?

Inside the Top 20, the Opel Mokka (+59%), Ford Ecosport (+34% no thanks to Europe), Mazda CX-5 (+31%), Subaru Forester (+15%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+12%) and Renault Duster (+11%) also impress. But one Chinese nameplate is making a name for itself, all the while without needing to step out of its home country: the Haval H6, China’s best-selling SUV, climbs 45% and 6 spots to reach #12 overall with over 315.000 sales all in China alone. Great Wall has declared recently it wants its Haval brand to become the #1 SUV brand in the world – it will probably get one of its models inside the worldwide Top 10 in 2016, as good as start as there is.

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World Full Year 2014: The most successful all-new nameplates

Baojun 730 World 2014. Picture courtesy of chexun.netThe Baojun 730 is the most successful new launch of 2014 worldwide…

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Among the 95 all-new nameplates making their appearance in the worldwide sales charts in 2014, the most successful comes from China where it became the most successful launch in the history of automobile there, full stop. The Baojun 730 lands directly at #204 worldwide with 120.089 deliveries solely in China. A symbol and one of the reason behind the exponential growth of the MPV market in China in 2014, the Baojun 730 hit 12,006 sales in its first month, 21,016 sales for its 2nd month and 30,089 for its 4th month, making it the fastest-ever nameplate to reach both the 20,000 and 30,000 monthly sales mark in China. It currently ranks #4 overall there so far in 2015 and could pretend at a podium ranking by the time the year comes to an end.

Honda Mobilio Indonesia March 2014. Picture courtesy of…followed by the Honda Mobilio…

Only two additional newcomers break the 100.000 worldwide sales milestone in 2014. The first one is the Honda Mobilio wit 105.591 units sold in 2014. Its first market was Indonesia where it teased the perennial leader there, the Toyota Avanza, in early 2014 before finishing the year at a stunning 2nd place overall with 79.288 units. It also launched in India notably and is currently spreading all across South-East Asia.

Suzuki Hustler Japan July 2014. Picture courtesy of…and the Suzuki Hustler.

The cute-as-a-button Suzuki Hustler is the third all-new nameplate to manage over 100.000 deliveries in 2014 (104.233), and this is all the more remarkable that it operates in the kei car segment that is restricted to its home country, Japan. The Hustler’s success last year participated in accelerating the SUVsation of the Japanese kei car market, with most manufacturer rushing to launch ‘cross’ variants of their range as fast as possible to reap the benefits of this new trend.

Porsche Macan World 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Porsche Macan splendidly finds a spot among the 10 most successful new launches of 2014.

Far below, we have the VW Golf Sportsvan at #344 with 61.850 units which is in fact catching up where the Golf Plus left it, above the ChangAn CS75 (52.991), JAC Refine S3 (50.140), Haval H2 (49.351), BAIC Huansu S3 (48.506), Porsche Macan (44.636) and Peugeot 108 (44.131). That’s five Chinese nameplates among the 10 most successful worldwide launches of 2014 – perfectly in line with the Chinese market’s size and bustling dynamism despite a cooling down of its growth.

Lexus NX 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comVery promising worldwide start for the Lexus NX.

The Datsun GO is a disappointment at 35.421 units spread across two body styles (hatchback and MPV) and three markets (India, Indonesia and South Africa), while the Citroen C4 Cactus, Subaru Levorg, Perodua Axia and Lexus NX all hit the mark.

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Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars in the world

Toyota Corolla World 2014. Picture courtesy of Corolla World 2014 GenI-XIAbove: the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world in 2014.
Below:1st gen Corolla with the three 11th gen Corolla variants (Japan/NA/World)

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The much awaited worldwide models ranking is finally here, and it is exclusive to BestSellingCarsBlog. For the first time we have added notes for each car so it is crystal clear what variants are included in the worldwide sales figures, as often a car can be sold under various names and/or brands depending on the region of the world. Hopefully this makes it easier to gauge what really are the best-selling cars in the world in 2014. Both in 2012 and 2013 we witnessed a cutthroat battle for world supremacy between the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus. This year the situation is drastically different, and the Toyota Corolla marks one full decade in the worldwide #1 spot. On one hand, Focus sales are softening in all 3 large sales poles: in the U.S (-6%), China (-3%) and Europe (-1%), and took a hit in Brazil and Russia, resulting in a 8% worldwide drop to 1.026 million units. On the other hand, the two-pronged launch of the 11th generation Corolla in China (Corolla/Levin) has boosted worldwide sales of the nameplate 8% to 1.352 million units, now completely out of reach of the Focus, and that is even when excluding the Japanese Corolla (110.931).

VW Golf World 2014The VW Golf is the 4th best-selling nameplate in the world in 2014.

Below the Hyundai Elantra regular at the highest level and graduating to the worldwide podium this year at #3 (+2%), thanks to the Mk7 generation now on sale in every corner of the globe the VW Golf is up 3 spots on 2013 to #4 with sales up 18% to 922.800, knocking the Ford F-Series down to #5 (-1%). Helped by its success in Russia and a number of emerging markets, the Hyundai Accent delivers an excellent performance this year: up 10 ranks and 27% on last year to #6 with just above 800.000 worldwide deliveries, above the Toyota Camry (-4%).

Wuling Hongguang World 2014The Wuling Hongguang is #8 worldwide in 2014 – almost solely thanks to China.

But the award of the most spectacular progression in the entire worldwide Top 30 this year goes to the Wuling Hongguang, the best-selling vehicle in the #1 market in the world, China, and up 15 spots to 8th place overall thanks to sales up 40% to 763.526 including a handful of rebadged Chevrolet Envoy sold in India and South America. Adding up a multitude of various nameplates under which it is sold, the Renault Logan breaks into the worldwide Top 10 this year thanks to sales up 7% to 760.385 units. Other great gainers in the Top 20 include the Nissan Sentra (+16%), Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga (both at +15%).

Hyundai Grand i10 India 2014. Picture courtesy of motorbeam.comHyundai i10 worldwide sales are up 77% in 2014 with a boost from India.

If we extend the scope to the Top 100, the most impressive nameplates worldwide going down the ladder include the Ram Pickup (+21%), Honda Fit (+20%), VW Lavida (+22% thanks to the arrival of the Gran Lavida hatchback), Nissan X-Trail (+68% with the new generation’s success in China and most parts of the world), Hyundai i10 (+77% with the arrival of the Grand i10 and Xcent sedan in India), Mazda3 (+25%), Haval H6 (+45%), the Audi A3 up a splendid 53% thanks to the addition of the sedan variant and its launch in China and the U.S., Peugeot 308 up 23%, Opel Mokka up 59%, Ford Ecosport up 34%, Chevrolet Onix up 95% thanks to the addition of the Prisma and the Jeep Cherokee up 481%.

Peugeot 2008 Renault Captur World July 2013. Picture courtesy of LargusThe Peugeot 2008 outsells the Renault Captur worldwide in 2014.

Outside the Top 100, notice the Skoda Rapid up 136% to #111, the Peugeot 2008 up 175% to #112, Renault Captur up 107% to #116, Toyota Noah up 150% to #121 thanks to its and its twin the Voxy’s facelifts and the addition of the Esquire, the Honda N-WGN up 13-fold to #167 for its first full year, the emerging markets version of the Toyota Yaris up to #168, Honda Vezel up to #193, BMW 4 Series up to #205 and the Mercedes S-Class doubling its sales year-on-year to #237.

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Full Year 2014 Reports: 133 markets now available

World Full Year 2014: Discover the #1 models in 177 countries

World: 1960-2014 Historical Data now available

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Two years ago: World Full Year 2012: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

Full Year 2014 Top 1116 worldwide best-sellers vs. Full Year 2013 figures below.

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BSCB featured in Britain’s biggest selling weekly car magazine

BSCB Auto Express

UPDATE: since June 22 my article is also featured on the Auto Express website

BestSellingCarsBlog is featured in this week’s issue of Auto Express, Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine, with an article written by myself titled “Worlds apart – best-selling global cars you’ve never heard of”. I have selected 15 worldwide best-sellers that don’t sell widely outside of their home market and therefore may have gone below the radar for most car enthusiasts. That is, if you are not a BSCB reader! Best selling cars blog is described in the article as “the most exhaustive website covering car sales data, trends and analysis for over 180 markets worldwide, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, with 70 markets updated monthly and regular strategic reports on the latest sales trends in key markets like China”. Pretty accurate innit? If you live in the UK, go get yourself a copy: it in on sale until next Tuesday 23 June. You can also buy it online here.