The 12th generation will help the Toyota Corolla remain at #1 worldwide in 2019.
Our exclusive Full Year worldwide models ranking is here for 2018. This is the most complete and accurate worldwide ranking published online, taking into account official sales data from 140 markets. Other worldwide rankings published earlier elsewhere aren’t as accurate, because we like to keep our data official here at BSCB and avoid rushed estimates that lead to inaccuracies. As always, to ensure our calculations are transparent, complete notes are included in the table so it is clear what variants, generations and rebadges are included for each nameplate, 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 2018. If a nameplate you are expecting doesn’t come up, look it up by searching the word in the page and it will lead you straight to it on the table, either as a main nameplate in the ranking or as a side note. This ranking was compiled with the help of Austin Rutherford.
Record worldwide volumes for the Ford F-Series in 2018.
The Toyota Corolla is the most popular vehicle in the world for the 14th straight year, dropping just -1.4% to 1.419 million units just as the 12th generation is entering dealerships and the hatch is streamlined to a universal model including Japan. The Ford F-Series (+0.6%) breaks its worldwide volume record for the 2nd year in a row at 1.089 million, only its third time in history above the 1m mark alongside 2004 and 2017. The Nissan X-Trail (-0.2%) is the best-selling SUV in the world for the 3rd consecutive time at 0.878 million units but will be threatened in 2019 by the new gen Toyota RAV4 (+2.2%) up to #6 and 0.830 million this year. The VW Polo (+13.1%) leaps up 4 spots on 2017 to #4 thanks to the new model, knocking the Honda Civic (+0.5%) down to #5. The VW Tiguan (+10.8%) overtakes the Honda CR-V (-2.8%) to become the #3 SUV in the world but, perhaps more strikingly, overtakes the VW Golf (-9.4%) for the first time in history, the latter going from #1 to #3 VW in the world in the space of a year. The Nissan Sylphy (+7.7%) builds on its stunning Chinese success to advance to #8.
The Nissan X-Trail is the best-selling SUV in the world for the 3rd time in a row.
Other great gainers in the Top 50 include the Suzuki Swift (+20.4%), Mazda CX-5 (+12.8%), Jeep Compass (+58.8%), Mercedes GLC (+20.1%), Peugeot 3008 (+16.2%) and Toyota C-HR (+31.9%). The Toyota Hilux, the model that managed the most #1 finishes in the world last year, is up 9 spots to #20, the Renault Sandero (-6.8%) is once again the best-selling French nameplate and the Baojun 510 (+0.7%) becomes the best-selling Chinese fare now that we are able to split Haval H6 and H6 Coupe sales.
The Baojun 530 is the most popular new launch in the world for 2018.
Illustrating the growing importance of the Chinese market worldwide, 60 of the 100 new nameplates appearing in this year’s ranking come from Chinese brands, including 9 of the 12 top-sellers. The most popular newcomer for 2018 is, for the 2nd straight year, a Baojun: after the 510 in 2017 the 530 (#241) leads the charge alongside the Baojun 360 (#258) the only two new cars selling over 100.000 units this year. They are followed by the BMW X2 (#367), Roewe i5 (#386), Chery Tiggo 8 (#426), Haval H4 (#465), Jetour X70 (#483) and Subaru Ascent (#492).