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World Full Year 2012: All the #1 in 170 countries!

Toyota Hilux World 2012The Toyota Hilux is estimated to be #1 in 31 countries in 2012, including 21 in Africa.

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.

Chery QQ China January 2013. Picture courtesy of through www.autoweek.nlThe Chery QQ (new generation pictured) is estimated to be #1 in Myanmar in 2012.

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).

Fiat Linea Turkey 2012The Fiat Linea enters the #1 club in 2012 thanks to its Turkish performance.

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.

Lada Priora Belarus 2012An estimated 5 countries have crowned the Lada Priora in 2012.

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: RussiaBelarus and Kazakhstan.

Pyeonghwa Samchunri World 2011The 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 – BeninBoliviaBotswanaBurkina FasoCameroonCentral African RepChadCongo (Dem Rep)Congo (Rep of the)Cote d’IvoireEl SalvadorEritreaEthiopiaGabon, IraqLaosLiberiaMalawiMaliMauritaniaMozambiqueNamibiaNicaraguaOmanParaguaySenegalSaudi ArabiaSudanSwazilandThailandTrinidad & TobagoUnited Arab Emirates

Toyota Corolla: 15 – AfghanistanBurundiGeorgiaJamaicaKenyaNew ZealandNigerNigeriaPakistanRwandaTaiwanTanzaniaUgandaZambiaZimbabwe

VW Golf: 10 – AlbaniaAustriaBelgiumGermanyLatviaLiechtensteinLuxembourgMacedoniaNorwaySwitzerland

Toyota Yaris/Vios: 7 – BruneiGuatemalaIcelandMaltaPeruPhilippines, Puerto Rico (USA)

Toyota Land Cruiser: 5 – BahrainQatarSomaliaSouth SudanYemen

Hyundai Accent: 4 –  CubaEgyptMongoliaPanama

Lada Priora: 4 – ArmeniaBelarusKazakhstanRussia

Skoda Octavia: 4 – BosniaCzech RepublicPolandUkraine

Toyota Camry: 4 – CambodiaKyrgyzstanTajikistanTurkmenistan

Chevrolet Aveo: 3 – EcuadorMexicoVenezuela

Dacia Logan: 3 – BulgariaMoldovaRomania

Ford Ranger: 3 – HaitiNew Caledonia (France)Sierra Leone

Nissan Qashqai: 3 – CyprusFinlandLithuania

Toyota Prado: 3 – GuineaKuwaitTogo

Chevrolet Classic: 2 – ArgentinaUruguay

Ford F-Series: 2 – CanadaUSA

Ford Focus: 2 – IrelandIsrael

Hyundai Elantra: 2 – South KoreaSyria

Hyundai ix35: 2 –  AngolaDominican Republic

Maruti Alto: 2 – BhutanIndia

Mitsubishi L200: 2 – GambiaHonduras

Mitsubishi Pajero: 2 – BangladeshGhana

Nissan Sunny: 2 – LebanonSri Lanka

Opel Astra: 2 – CroatiaHungary

Renault Clio: 2 – FranceSlovenia

Renault Megane: 2 – NetherlandsPortugal

VW Polo: 2 – LesothoSouth Africa

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.

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