* See the full list of 63 models #1 in at least one country by clicking on the title! *
Now that most official sales data is in for the Full Year 2012 and before I share with you an exclusive worldowide models ranking, we can start by looking at the #1 models around the world last year. This list is exclusive to BestSellingCarsBlog, you will not find it anywhere else! To refresh your memory you can see the 2011 summary here. Note this is not a reflection of the highest worldwide sales volumes which will be the object of another post, only how many times a specific model manages to rank #1 in any country. If no 2012 ranking is available, the most recent data is used and for only a couple of countries I couldn’t allocate a #1 as information was too scarce.
Toyota places no less than 10 models in pole position in at least one country, compared to 8 in 2011 – the Fortuner (in Vietnam) and Avensis (in Estonia) being added to the list. The next best performing brands are Ford, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Volkswagen which all place 4 models at #1. Notable new members of the #1 club in 2012 are the Chevrolet Sail (in Chile), Fiat Linea (in Turkey), Chery QQ (estimated #1 in Myanmar), Renault Sandero (in Colombia) and VW Up! (in Denmark).
The Toyota Hilux is still by far the model to rank #1 in the most amount of countries: an estimated 32, albeit including 21 in Africa where the volumes are very low. Out of the estimated 31 countries where the Hilux is potentially #1, 6 have been confirmed with official data. The Toyota Corolla is estimated to be #1 in 15 countries, including 3 confirmed. The Corolla is the only model to rank #1 in at least one country of each continent: Africa, Asia, Europe, America and Oceania.
The VW Golf follows, #1 in 10 countries, 9 of them confirmed and all in Europe, ahead of the Toyota Yaris/Vios #1 in 7 countries including 5 confirmed. The Toyota Land Cruiser is also #1 in an estimated 5 nations including 3 confirmed, all in the African and Middle-Eastern region. The 6th most successful model at this little game is a surprise: the Lada Priora is #1 in an estimated 4 countries (all ex-USSR members) including 3 confirmed: Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
The Pyeonghwa Samchunri is estimated to be #1 in North Korea.
The Hyundai Accent, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Camry are also all #1 in 4 countries but in the case of the Camry it has to be taken with caution as they are all BSCB’s estimates while the Accent is confirmed #1 by official data in 2 of these countries and the Octavia is confirmed in all 4. There are 6 models #1 in 3 countries, 14 cars #1 in 2 countries and 36 models #1 in just one country.
See ‘Read more’ for the full list of all 63 #1 models and which countries they top.
Number of countries in which the model ranks or is estimated to rank #1:
(Click on the country to see the detailed ranking)
Toyota Hilux: 31 – Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Congo (Dem Rep), Congo (Rep of the), Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Oman, Paraguay, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Swaziland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates
Chery QQ: 1 – Myanmar
Chevrolet Optra: 1 – Libya
Chevrolet Sail: 1 – Chile
Dacia Sandero: 1 – Colombia
Daihatsu Terios: 1 – Costa Rica
Fiat Linea: 1 – Turkey
Fiat Panda: 1 – Italy
Fiat Punto: 1 – Serbia
Ford Fiesta: 1 – UK
Hyundai i10: 1 – Nepal
Iran Khodro Samand: 1 – Iraq
Kia Frontier: 1 – Jordan
Kia Rio: 1 – Mauritius
Kia Sportage: 1 – Azerbaijan
Mazda3: 1 – Australia
Mercedes C-Class: 1 – Singapore
Mercedes E-Class: 1 – Hong Kong (China)
Mini: 1 – Monaco
Opel Corsa: 1 – Greece
Peugeot 207: 1 – Algeria
Perodua MyVi: 1 – Malaysia
Pyeonghwa Samchunri: 1 – North Korea
Renault Kangoo: 1 – Morocco
Renault Symbol: 1 – Tunisia
Saipa Pride: 1 – Iran
Seat Ibiza: 1 – Spain
Skoda Fabia: 1 – Slovakia
Toyota Avanza: 1 – Indonesia
Toyota Avensis: 1 – Estonia
Toyota Fortuner: 1 – Vietnam
Toyota Prius: 1 – Japan
UzDaewoo Nexia: 1 – Uzbekistan
VW Gol: 1 – Brazil
VW Up!: 1 – Denmark
Volvo V70: 1 – Sweden
Wuling Sunshine: 1 – China
Methodology: in case there is official data available, I have used the most recent 2012 year-to-date ranking. For the countries with no official data, the #1 models are estimations based on thorough observation of the streets of each country through recent YouTube videos and therefore should be relatively close to reality.