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World 2011: Now with the Top 100 best-selling models!

Toyota Corolla

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Who else but Best Selling Cars Blog will give you the a worldwide Top 100 models ranking for 2011? I can share this exclusive ranking with you now, mixing up my own estimates with the hard work of Austin from Ford Inside News and some official 2011 Annual Reports.

You can see my original World 2011 Top 35 article here (note some figures have changed since)

The top of the ranking is unscathed up to #18 compared to my last update, with the Toyota Corolla leading with 1,141,709 sales, followed by the Ford Focus at 882,551 units, the VW Golf at 864,462, the VW Polo at 788,789, Ford Fiesta at 767,465, Hyundai Elantra at 751,967 and Wuling Sunshine at 731,689. The Chevrolet Cruze, Ford F-Series and VW Jetta complete the Top 10.

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is now #19 with 541,519 sales followed by the best-selling SUV in the world the Honda CR-V at an estimated 530,000 units. The Toyota Hilux, #1 in 34 countries, is still #22, while the Hyundai Tucson/ix35 now appears at #28 with 420,649 sales. Excellent showing of the Suzuki Swift/Dzire at #31 with 399,446 units.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is the best-selling luxury model at #36 and 384,464 sales and should improve vastly in 2012 thanks to the new generation. The Mercedes C-Class is #41, the BMW 5 Series #46 and the Audi A4 #48. Best year ever for the Nissan Qashqai at #38 and 382,741 units. With the Peugeot 207 at the end of its career at #57, the 24 year-old Peugeot 405/Pars produced in Iran should be the brand’s best-seller this year at #52 and an estimated 306,000 sales!

Nissan Juke

Fiat’s top seller is the South American Uno at #54 with 297,234 units, above the Punto at #58 and the Palio at #63. Dacia manages to place its 3 models within the worldwide Top 100 with the Logan at #45, the Sandero at #59 and the Duster at #99, compared to only two Renault models: the Clio at #26 and the Megane at #60! Notice also the Nissan Juke above 215,000 units at #79, the FAW Xiali N3/N5 at #83 with an estimated 207,000 sales and the BYD F3 at #92 with an estimated 190,000 units.

Note: There may be missing models, please comment if you have any additional data.

Previous version of this post: World 2011: Toyota Corolla ahead of Ford Focus and VW Golf

Full Year 2011 Worldwide Top 105 Ranking Table below.

World 2011: (Updated 07/04/2012)

1Toyota Corolla1,141,709
2Ford Focus882,551
3VW Golf864,452
4VW Polo788,789
5Ford Fiesta767,465
6Hyundai Elantra751,967
7Wuling Sunshine731,689
8Chevrolet Cruze704,691
9Ford F-Series698,319
10VW Jetta695,159
11VW Passat628,097
12Toyota Camry621,679
13Saipa Pride618,265
14Opel Corsa591,505
15Nissan Tiida/Versa568,319
16Toyota Yaris/Vios556,092
17Honda Civic555,071
18Suzuki Alto549,931
19Hyundai Accent541,519
20Honda CR-V530,000
21Hyundai Sonata499,168
22Toyota Hilux490,000
23Honda Accord488,000
24VW Gol/Voyage479,135
25Chevrolet Silverado468,977
26Renault Clio460,000
27Opel Astra457,957
28Hyundai Tucson/ix35420,649
29Kia Cerato/Forte410,709
30Foton Forland403,000
31Suzuki Swift/Dzire399,446
32Honda Fit399,000
33Toyota RAV4395,244
34Skoda Octavia389,000
35Buick Excelle388,657
36BMW 3 Series384,464
37Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang382,762
38Nissan Qashqai382,741
40Chevrolet Aveo373,888
41Mercedes C-Class371,382
42Toyota Prius367,627
43Chevrolet Spark362,377
44ChangAn Mini Bus354,000
45Dacia Logan352,424
46BMW 5 Series/GT332,601
47Kia Sportage331,033
48Audi A4326,427
49Ford Escape323,305
50Dodge RAM 1500-5500310,368
51Suzuki Wagon R307,739
52Peugeot 405/Pars306,000
53VW Tiguan299,632
54Fiat Uno297,234
55Citroen C4290,000
56Nissan Altima287,990
57Peugeot 207285,000
58Fiat Punto282,188
59Dacia Sandero282,045
60Renault Megane281,575
61Ford Fusion (US version)279,699
62Skoda Fabia266,800
63Fiat Palio260,279
64Ford Transit254,403
65Nissan Micra254,294
66DongFeng Mini Bus253,000
67Citroen C3252,000
68VW Lavida247,475
69Mecedes E-Class244,341
70Nissan Teana/Maxima241,233
71Hyundai i10227,666
72Chevrolet Malibu225,101
73Honda City225,000
74Audi A6221,805
75Kia Sorento220,783
76Nissan Sentra/Tsuru219,747
77Chevrolet Celta/Prisma218,628
78Kia Optima218,020
79Nissan Juke217,673
80Chevrolet Equinox215,743
81Toyota Highlander215,692
82Kia Picanto213,250
83FAW Xiali N3/N5207,000
84Peugeot 308204,000
85GMC Sierra202,965
86Hyundai i30201,648
87Chevrolet Sail200,946
89Fiat Panda191,365
90Fiat 500190,969
91Hyundai Santa Fe190,866
92BYD F3190,000
93Kia Rio/Pride187,717
94Renault Kangoo187,284
95Seat Ibiza183,889
96Kia Soul180,109
97Hyundai i20179,863
98Chevrolet Impala179,817
99Dacia Duster179,520
100Ford Mondeo178,134
101Toyota Avanza177,228
103BMW 1 Series176,418
104Nissan Livina175,760
105Peugeot 206175,000

Source: Manufacturers, usual sources for each country, many thanks to Austin for the compilation of the 7 top manufacturers!


Sales of Toyota Corolla include Corolla IX, X, Altis, Blade, Corolla hatch and Matrix, sales of Toyota Camry include Aurion as it is called Camry in most countries
Sales of VW Golf include Golf Plus, Golf IV, V and VI and does not include Jetta or Bora. Sales of VW Jetta include Jetta 2, 5, 6, Sagitar (China) and Clasico (Latin America). Sales of VW Gol include Voyage (sedan) and Parati (station wagon). Sales of VW Passat include Passat V, VI, VII, Magotan and CC, sales of Skoda Octavia include Laura (India) and Octavia I and II.
Sales of Hyundai Elantra include Elantra III, IV and V, i35 and Avante, exclude i30 and Elantra Touring. Sales of Hyundai Accent include Solaris, Verna and i25.
Sales of Buick Excelle include Excelle, Excelle GT and Verano. Sales of Opel Astra include Vauxhall Astra, Chevrolet Astra and Buick Excelle XT. Sales of Chevrolet Aveo include Sonic, Lova and Holden Barina. Sales of Chevrolet Spark include Spark I, II, Beat, Matiz and Holden Barina Spark. Sales of Opel Corsa include Vauxhall, Chevrolet Corsa, Chevrolet Classic and Chevy. Sales of Chevrolet Cruze include Holden Cruze.
Sales of Suzuki Alto include Alto 5 (India), Alto 7 and Japanese Alto
Sales of Renault Clio include Clio II and III, sales of Dacia Logan include Renault Logan
This Post Has 23 Comments
  1. VW figures supplied by VW of its top selling models worldwide…As promised Matt

    GOLF 879000
    JETTA 684000
    PASSAT 670000
    POLO 617000
    TIGUAN 337000


    1. Hi Fabricio,
      Both hatchback and sedan versions are included in the sales figures of the Tiida/Versa.
      Hope this helps

  2. In Brazil we have a particularity in relation to global cars from factories.

    The Chevrolet Sail here is Sold as Corsa Classic (Popularly known as the Opel Corsa B)

    The Chevrolet Vectra in Brazil is the Opel Astra (European)
    The Chevrolet Astra is a national project (an evolution of the Belgian Astra)

    This survey is considered the cars sold in Brazil with their peculiarities.

    Thank you and congratulations for the article

    1. Hey yo,
      Thanks for the link I will look into this in more detail. Note the Megane sales in the excel sheet include the Scenic which is why they are much higher – so my figures are correct 🙂
      Thanks again

  3. @STAC
    Taken from Skoda Auto official press release 21/3/2012

    The Octavia confirmed its status as ŠKODA’s most popular model in 2011. The Octavia is the “heart of the brand”, its sales rising 10.7 per cent to almost 390,000. The Fabia made number two in ŠKODA’s internal sales ranking, clocking up 267,000 units (plus 16.5 per cent).

    1. Thanks very much Robbie – I have checked and verified this press release and will now amend my ranking.

  4. Max :But I’m surprised to see the Renault Megane behind the Citroen C4 ? In Europe, the Renault sells much better…

    True, but in China Renault sells practically nothing, while Citroen is already pretty well established and sort of mid-table sales wise.

    It’s still a poor performance by the Megane anyhow. I’m pretty sure the last gen sold better.

  5. Great ranking ! Thanks a lot, Matt ! 😉

    But I’m surprised to see the Renault Megane behind the Citroen C4 ? In Europe, the Renault sells much better…

    1. No worries Max glad you like it! As per tuga’s response, the C4 figure includes China where it sold over 120,000 units last year…

  6. Good question: “Who else but Best Selling Cars Blog will give you the a worldwide Top 100 models ranking for 2011?”

    The answer: Probably nobody. 😉 Thanks Matt.

    VW Jetta und VW Lavida have 942.634 sales together – 2nd position in the ranking.

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