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World Full Year 2017: Discover Total Vehicle Sales for 145 markets

The Chinese market hits a record 29.1 million units in 2017.

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Thanks to OICA, the global association of automotive manufacturers, we can share with you today annual sales data for 145 markets worldwide. These sales figures are for all Vehicles: Passenger Cars + Commercial Vehicles including heavy trucks. As such, these figures can vary from the ones we have reported in our specific Full Year 2017 updates. Thanks to sales up 4% year-on-year, China extends its lead in the markets ranking, reaching a record 29.1 million units or over 11.5 million sales ahead of the #2 market in the world, the USA down 2% to 17.6 million. Japan (+5%) remains in third place at 5.2 million but India (+9%) overtakes Germany (+3%) to cross the 4 million annual vehicle sales milestone for the first time in history and rank 4th overall. The remainder of the Top 10 is unchanged, with Brazil (+9%) and Italy (+7%) leading sales gains ahead of Canada (+5%) and France (+5%) whereas the UK (-5%) hit the reverse gear. Note Canada tops 2 million annual units for the first time.

Tehran Iran. Picture courtesy sibf.orgIran is one of 6 markets to break its annual volume record in 2017.

Just outside the Top 10, South Korea recedes 1% to 1.8 million but Iran soars 19% to break its annual volume record at 1.72 million units with Australia (+1%) and Argentina (+27%) the other two markets breaking their all-time record deliveries inside the Top 20. Russia and Thailand (+14%) also impress with solid gains whereas Mexico (-5%) and Turkey (-3%) make it just five Top 20 markets in negative. Further down, Poland (+14%) and Sweden (+3%) also beat records, while Chile (+18%), Ukraine (+26%), Pakistan (+27%) and Iraq (+58%) post sone of the most spectacular gains. At the other end of the scale, Saudi Arabia (-16%), Egypt (-31%), Libya (-49%), Sri Lanka (-54%) and Nigeria (-70%) implode.

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Full Year 2017 Top 145 markets vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

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The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world for the 13th straight year.

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Our exclusive Full Year worldwide models ranking is here for 2017. This is the most complete worldwide ranking published online, taking into account official sales data from 140 markets. If you came across an earlier 2017 worldwide models ranking published anywhere else online, rest assured that whatever you saw was incomplete as only BSCB has access to complete new car sales data covering the entire planet. Note that a complete ranking by manufacturer will also be published once official production data has been released by OICA. We like to keep our data official here at BSCB, and avoid as much as we can rushed estimates that lead to gaping holes and inconsistencies in the data.

The Ford F-Series posts its highest-ever annual worldwide volume at 1.082 million.

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 2017. If a nameplate you are expecting doesn’t come up, look it up by searching the page and it will lead you straight to it on the table, either as a main nameplate in the ranking or as a rebadge. This ranking was compiled with the help of Austin Rutherford.

The Toyota Corolla was the best-selling car in the world from as early as 1974.

For the 13th consecutive year, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world despite a slight decline at -4% to 1.439 million units excluding the Japanese Corolla. This figure includes the Auris/Corolla iM hatch, but even without, the Corolla would still comfortably be in the lead at 1.283 million sales. The Corolla reaps the result of consistently strong performances in the US and China where it is also sold as the Levin. In second place, the Ford F-Series manages a little exploit: despite only being widely available in North America – Middle-East and China volumes remain tiny, it sells over one million unit in 2017 at 1.082m. According to BSCB records, this is the F-Series’ highest every worldwide volume, and only the second time in history after 2004 it crosses the symbolic 1 million sales milestone worldwide. Fittingly, U.S. sales of the hero pickup truck are at their highest since 2005 and Canadian sales are at an all-time record.

The Nissan X-Trail is the best-selling SUV in the world for the 2nd year in a row.

Symbolic of the SUV wave that is engulfing absolutely all worldwide markets, the Nissan X-Trail gains a splendid 12% and two spots on 2016 to become the first-ever SUV to feature on the worldwide podium at #3 with a little over 880.000 unit sold, under the name Rogue in North America. But the SUV invasion doesn’t stop here: the Toyota RAV4 is up 13% and 5 spots to #5 at 813.000 sales, the Honda CR-V is up 7% and 4 ranks to #7 and 756.000 and the VW Tiguan soars 38% and 16 spots on last year to break into the worldwide Top 10 for the very first time at #10. That’s no less than four SUVs in the Top 10 this year, whereas there were none two years ago in 2015!

The Honda Civic surges 23% to #4.

The passenger car is far from dead however, as demonstrated by the Honda Civic’s stellar performance in 2017: up 23% and ten spots to shoot up to #4 worldwide, dislodging the VW Golf down 6% to #6 while the VW Polo is down 5% to #8 but the Nissan Sylphy is up 9% and four spots to #9, helped by a very solid performance in China. Just outside the Top 10, the Honda HR-V (-2%) goes from #2 to #5 in the SUV segment at #11, the Hyundai Elantra is hit full frontal by poor Chinese sales and dives 19% and 8 ranks to #12, with the VW Passat (-4%), Ford Focus (-9%), Hyundai Tucson (-12%), Toyota Camry (-4%) and VW Jetta (-7%) also in difficulty. Reversely the Chevrolet Silverado (+4%), Ford Kuga (+4%) and Ram Pickup (+3%) post positive results in the Top 20, supported by strong American performances.

The Haval H6 becomes the best-selling Chinese car in the world at #25.

The Haval H6 (#25) becomes the best-selling Chinese nameplate in the world despite sales down 12%, overtaking the Wuling Hongguang down 24% to #27 and stripped off its S3 crossover variant accounted for separately. The Renault Sandero (+24%) is up 19 spots to become the most popular French car in the world, now that we have separated its sales from the Logan. The Toyota Hilux, best-seller in an estimated 34 countries this year, is up three spots to #29 overall and the world’s best-selling mid-size pickup.

The Baojun 510 is the world’s best-selling new launch in 2017, but also in history.

Once again Chinese nameplates account for the overwhelming majority of new launches in 2017: no less than 91 (or 69%) of the 131 all new nameplates landing in this worldwide ranking for 2017 come from the largest market in the world. In 2016 they were “only” 50 out of 94, demonstrating if need be that the dynamism of the Chinese market is far from sputtering out. Quantity, but also quality: 7 out of the Top 10 new launches are Chinese, including the runaway leader: the Baojun 510 which became in January 2018 the best-selling new car ever introduced in the world, beating the previous record held for the past 40 years by the Ford Fairmont. It ranks #51 worldwide in 2017, and the only newcomer in the Top 200. It is followed by the VW Teramont (#249), Changan CS55 (#310), MG ZS (#341), FAW Besturn X40 (#343), Roewe i6 (#363), Hyundai Kona (#373), Zotye T700 (#380), Honda WR-V (#395) and WEY VV7 (#409). All the data is below the jump.

The VW Teramont is the 2nd most successful new launch in the world in 2017.

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World Full Year 2017: Discover all the #1 models in 173 markets


The Toyota Hilux is the best-seller in an estimated 34 countries worldwide in 2017.

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After a one-year hiatus, today we can share with you the #1 best-selling nameplates in 173 markets around the planet, a list topped once again by the Toyota Hilux with an estimated 34 pole positions worldwide. This list is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find it anywhere else. To refresh your memory you can see the 2015 Report hereNote this is not a reflection of the highest worldwide sales volumes which will be the subject of another report very shortly, only how many countries a specific model ranked #1 in. If no FY2017 data is available, the most recent data is used, and for about 40 countries (mostly in Africa) the #1 spot is estimated based on thorough observations of the streets of those countries via local BSCB contacts and/or recent YouTube videos.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the most popular nameplate in an estimated 11 markets.

In 2017 Toyota places 13 different nameplates in pole position in at least one country (vs. just 10 in 2015), with no less than 72 markets having a Toyota as their best-selling nameplate. As it has been the case for almost fifteen years now, the Toyota Hilux is the one model ranking #1 the most often with an estimated 34 countries falling under its spell this year (2015: 42). A caveat to this figure is the fact that 22 out of these 34 winning markets are located in Africa where the volumes are still extremely low, and 16 are estimated wins. However even when ditching the estimates the Toyota Hilux is still by far the most prolific winner with 18 countries officially conquered (2015: 21, 2014: 19, 2013: 8). In terms of continents, the Hilux wins in Africa, Latin America and Oceania.

From just 2 wins worldwide in 2015, the Isuzu D-Max soars to 7 in 2017.

The Toyota Land Cruiser comes in second place for the first time since we started tracking worldwide wins by nameplate in 2013. It has an estimated 11 wins (same figure as in 2015) including 7 confirmed (vs. 6 in 2015) spanning Africa (7), Asia (3) and Oceana (1). Note this figure also includes the LC70 station wagon, particularly popular in Papua New Guinea and estimated to be the best-seller in very small African  markets such as Chad and Somalia where the military, United Nations and NGOs are virtually the only purchasers of new vehicles.

The Toyota Corolla falls from 13 wins in 2015 to just 8 this year.

Toppled from the second spot for the first time by the Land Cruiser, the Toyota Corolla arrives in third place with 8 wins but only three confirmed (vs. 8 in 2015), a clear stumble for the world’s best-seller. The Corolla is estimated to win in Asia (5), Africa (2) and the Caribbean (1). Soaring from just two wins in 2015 to 7 this year is the Isuzu D-Max, sometimes sold as a Chevrolet and called TFR or Isuzu KB. A stunning 5 wins are confirmed and span Africa (6) and Asia (1).

The Renault Clio wins 6 confirmed markets in 2017.

Two nameplates follow with 6 wins each, all confirmed for both: the Renault Clio dominating at home but also in Bosnia, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia as well as French Guiana in South America, and the Skoda Octavia adding Finland and Switzerland to its traditionally Eastern European-skewed hunting board. Three models have 5 wins, with the VW Golf showing 4 confirmed vs. 9 two years ago, the Ford Ranger has 3 confirmed and the Toyota Prado two. The Toyota Yaris and Maruti Suzuki Alto follow with 4 wins each, but only the Yaris has all wins confirmed vs. just 2 for the Alto. All other nameplates win 3 or less countries.

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* Full Year 2017 Reports * 142 markets available

The Ford F-Series tops the US market for the 36th consecutive year in 2017. 

This article is the portal to all Full Year 2017 Reports, you can find below all updates already live. This list is updated in real time as more Reports get published.

See the Full Year 2016 Reports for 107 markets here

See the Full Year 2015 Reports for 136 markets here

See the Full Year 2014 Reports for 134 markets here

See the Full Year 2013 Reports for 108 markets here

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World Full Year 2017: Discover all the #1 models in 173 markets

World Full Year 2017: Discover Total Vehicle Sales for 145 markets

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Afghanistan Full Year 2017: Toyota Corolla still king of the roads

Alaska (USA) Full Year 2017: Ford F-150 #1, Ram 2500 stuns in “Last Frontier”

Albania Full Year 2017: VW Golf should lead, Mercedes dominates landscape

Algeria Full Year 2017: Dacia Sandero edges past Renault Symbol to #1

American Samoa Full Year 2017: Ford and Toyota lead market up 6%

Andorra Full Year 2017: New passenger car sales up 19.1%

Angola Full Year 2017: Suzuki Alto 800 reclaims top spot

Argentina Full Year 2017: VW Gol, Renault Sandero and Chevrolet Onix top market up 27%

Armenia Full Year 2017: Mercedes, Opel and Nissan popular

Australia Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger top record market

Australia Full Year 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings available

Austria Full Year 2017: VW Golf unbeatable, Toyota up 43%

Azerbaijan Full Year 2017: Hyundai and Ravon Nexia R3 top market up 26.5%

Bahrain Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser holds onto #1, market down 25.6%

Barcelona (Spain) Full Year 2017: Seat standout leader

Belarus Full Year 2017: VW Polo #1 for 5th straight year, Geely up to #12

Belgium Full Year 2017: VW Golf #1, BMW X1 up to 5th place

Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2017: Renault Clio first non-Skoda #1 in at least a decade

Botswana Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux down 23% but still #1

Brazil Full Year 2017: Chevrolet Onix threepeats in market back up 9.4%

Brunei Full Year 2017: Toyota Wigo tops market down 11.9%

Bulgaria Full Year 2017: Dacia and Renault lead, Kia up 123% to #4

California (USA) Full Year 2017: Honda Civic and Accord on top

Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series and Ram Pickup break records in first 2m year

Chile Full Year 2017: Hyundai, Mitsubishi L200 top market up 18.1%

China Full Year 2017: Geely becomes #1 Chinese brand in market up 3.2%

China Full Year 2017: Exclusive import data by model and brand

China LCV Full Year 2017: Wuling dominates, pickups gain 18%

Colombia Full Year 2017: Renault Sandero repeats win, market down 6.1%

Costa Rica Full Year 2017: Hyundai Accent edges past Honda Civic to #1

Croatia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia #1 for the third time, market up 15.1%

Cuba Full Year 2017: Lada Vesta imports should make it the best-selling car

Cyprus Full Year 2017: Ford Focus back to #1, Toyota C-HR lands at #5

Czech Republic Full Year 2017: Octavia #1, 4 Skodas in Top 4, record market

Denmark Full Year 2017: Peugeot 208 holds on to #1, market down 0.5%

Ecuador Full Year 2017: Chevrolet dominates market up 65.3%

Egypt Full Year 2017: Chevrolet TFR Pickup posts 4th win in market down 24%

England (UK) Full Year 2017: Fiesta and Golf lead, Mercedes C-Class up to #6

Estonia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia and Toyota Avensis on top, sales up 11.5%

Europe Full Year 2017: VW Golf celebrates 10 straight years at #1 in largest market since 2007

Fiji Full Year 2017: Hyundai and Isuzu catch up on Toyota

Finland Full Year 2017: Toyota passes VW, Skoda Octavia remains #1 model

France Full Year 2017: Clio #1, Peugeot 3008 on podium, Top 12 100% French for 1st time since 1980

Florida (USA) Full Year 2017: Toyota places 3 models in Top 4

Gabon Full Year 2017: Isuzu D-Max in control but down 33%

Georgia Full Year 2017: Toyota holds 40% share, Land Cruiser best-seller

Germany Full Year 2017: Volkswagen places Golf, Passat and Tiguan on podium

Greece Full Year 2017: Toyota Yaris #1 for 5th year in a row, market up 11.7%

Guadeloupe (France) Full Year 2017: Peugeot tops record market

Gulf Cooperation Council Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux holds onto lead

Hawaii (USA) Full Year 2017: Toyota Tacoma celebrates 15 years on top

Hong Kong (China) Full Year 2017: Tesla snaps 10% share – 79% of sales in March

Hungary Full Year 2017: Suzuki and Vitara #1 again, biggest volume since 2008

India Full Year 2017: Five Marutis in Top 5, market above 3 million units

Indonesia Full Year 2017: Avanza #1, Mitsubishi Xpander #2 in December, Wuling ranks #10

Indonesia Full Year 2017: Now with Top 25 All-brands and Top 165 models

Iran Full Year 2017: Chinese brands hold 15% of local production

Iraq Full Year 2017: Kia Frontier up to 32.1% in recovering market

Ireland Full Year 2017: Volkswagen back to #1, Hyundai Tucson repeats

Israel Full Year 2017: Kia Picanto reclaims lead, Hyundai Ioniq up to #6

Italy Full Year 2017: Fiat Tipo on podium in largest market this decade

Ivory Coast Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux leads, only pickups and SUVs in Top 10

Japan Full Year 2017: Honda N-BOX and Toyota Prius on top, Toyota C-HR wins one month

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Jordan Full Year 2017: Kia Frontier takes control at 14.5% share

Kazakhstan Full Year 2017: Toyota and Camry repeat at #1 in recovering market

Kenya Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux #1, RAV4 and Renault Kwid up

Kosovo Full Year 2017: Skoda Rapid and VW Caddy on top

Kuwait Full Year 2017: Toyota Prado celebrates 7 years on top

Latvia Full Year 2017: Nissan Qashqai #1, Toyota C-HR #9, five SUVs in Top 10

Lebanon Full Year 2017: Toyota Prado and Land Cruiser on top, Datsun #10

Lesotho Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux #1, Fortuner and Isuzu KB on podium

Liechtenstein Full Year 2017: VW Tiguan snaps first pole position

Lithuania Full Year 2017: Fiat posts 1-2 with 500 and 500X

London (UK) Full Year 2017: VW Golf dethrones Ford Fiesta

Luxembourg Full Year 2017: VW Golf and Tiguan on top, Mercedes GLC #5

Madagascar Full Year 2017: Toyota and Hyundai top declining market

Malawi Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux reigns, Foton storms in

Malaysia Full Year 2017: Perodua remains above 200.000 sales

Martinique (France) Full Year 2017: Peugeot 208 leads, Kia Picanto up to #5

Mauritius Full Year 2017: Nissan leads, Kia up 81% in record market

Mexico Full Year 2017: Kia and Hyundai break records, Nissan Versa #1

Michigan (USA) Full Year 2017: Chevrolet Equinox tops Top Ten 100% U.S.

Moldova Full Year 2017: Dacia Logan leads, outpaces market up 33%

Monaco Full Year 2017 (brands): Audi catches up on Mercedes, Porsche remains at #3

Monaco Full Year 2017 (models): Smart Fortwo and Porsche Macan win

Morocco Full Year 2017: Dacia (+8%) and Renault (+27%) lead in record market

Namibia Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux and Nissan NP300 Hardbody on top

Netherlands Full Year 2017: Clio second Renault to rank #1 in 36 years

New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2017: Duster leads, Dacia 13 units off #1

New York (USA) Full Year 2017: Nissan Rogue repeats, Jeep Grand Cherokee #5

New Zealand Full Year 2017: Ranger #1, 3 Toyotas in Top 4, record sales

Nigeria Full Year 2017: Toyota Hiace tops imports, Ford Ranger should lead market down 70%

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2017: VW Golf #1 for the first time in 6 years

Norway Full Year 2017: Green cars hold world-record 52.2% share, Tesla up to #7

Oman Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser snaps top spot off Hilux

Pakistan Full Year 2017: Toyota Corolla leads, Honda up 49% in record market

Panama Full Year 2017: Toyota and Kia Rio hold onto lead

Papua New Guinea Full Year 2017: Toyota remains above 50% share

Paraguay Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux and Chevrolet S10 top market up 33.9%

Peru Full Year 2017: Toyota Yaris, Hilux and Kia Rio top market up 6%

Philippines Full Year 2017: First win for Toyota Fortuner, 8th record year

Poland Full Year 2017: Skoda Fabia leads for second time in ten years

Portugal Full Year 2017: Renault Clio leads for 5th consecutive year

Puerto Rico (USA) Full Year 2017: Toyota Yaris, Corolla and Tacoma on top

Qatar Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol dominate

Rep of Macedonia Full Year 2017: Dacia Duster discards VW Golf to remain #1

Rep of the Congo Full Year 2017: Toyota at 37.1% share, Isuzu D-Max best-seller

Reunion (France) Full Year 2017: Renault overtakes Peugeot but 208 #1

Romania Full Year 2017: Logan, Duster, Sandero: podium 100% Dacia for the first time

Russia Full Year 2017: Kia Rio 2nd foreign model #1 in 47 years, market up 11.9%

Russia Full Year 2017: Now with Top 365 All-models

Samoa Full Year 2017: Toyota down, Ford and Hyundai up

San Marino Full Year 2017: Fiat catches up on VW in market up 21.7%

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2017: Toyota Camry leads for the first time this decade

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2017: Vauxhall Corsa snaps 9th win in past 10 years

Senegal Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux and Citroen C-Elysee shine

Serbia Full Year 2017: Fiat 500L maintains lead for third year in a row

Singapore Full Year 2017: Toyota reclaims #1 spot, Mazda3 shines

Slovakia Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia reclaims crown for the first time since 2014

Slovenia Full Year 2017: Renault Clio celebrates 20 years at #1, threatened by VW Golf

Solomon Islands Full Year 2017: Toyota up to 48.2% share in market down 28.5%

South Africa Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux snaps 8th win in past 9 years

South Korea Full Year 2017: First win for the Hyundai Grandeur

Spain Full Year 2017: Seat Leon wins 4th straight crown in largest market in a decade

Swaziland Full Year 2017: Isuzu KB on top, 6 pickups in Top 8

Sweden Full Year 2017: Volvo reclaims #1 models spot with old gen XC60

Switzerland Full Year 2017: Skoda Octavia ends 23 year-long VW Golf reign

Syria Full Year 2017: Hyundai Tucson snaps lead in market down 11%

Tahiti (France) Full Year 2017: Peugeot tops market surging 40%

Taiwan Full Year 2017: Toyota and Corolla lead, Honda up 25%

Texas (USA) Full Year 2017: Ford F-150 and F-250 shine in pickup heaven

Thailand Full Year 2017: Isuzu D-Max snaps crown off Toyota Hilux for first time in 12 years

Tonga Full Year 2017: Toyota holds 84.1% share in market up 12.5%

Tunisia Full Year 2017: Isuzu, Citroen, Renault top market up 5.1%

Turkey Full Year 2017: Fiat Egea and Renault Megane top market down 2.8%

Turkmenistan Full Year 2017: Mercedes most popular brand at 42.5% share

Uganda Full Year 2017: Toyota and Hilux down but still on top

UK Full Year 2017: VW Golf and Nissan Qashqai break records in market down 5.7%

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Ukraine Full Year 2017: Kia Sportage and Renault Duster top market up 25%

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2017: Nissan Patrol surprise leader

Uruguay Full Year 2017: Volkswagen and Chevrolet Onix #1, market up 19.5%

USA Full Year 2017: First decline since 2009, Toyota RAV4 & Nissan Rogue outsell all passenger cars

USA Full Year 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings now available

Uzbekistan Full Year 2017: Ravon Nexia R3 best-seller but down 23%

Venezuela Full Year 2017: Old gen Toyota Hilux leads market down 98% in 5 years

Vietnam Full Year 2017: Toyota Vios tightens grip on market down 10.4%

Wales (UK) Full Year 2017: Podium 100% Ford: Fiesta, Focus and Kuga

 

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Yemen Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser holds 36% of market up 25.7%

World Full Year 2016: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the world for the 12th year running. 

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Better late than never! As a teaser for 2017 data we can share with you today worldwide brands and models rankings for 2016. The delay is due to 2016 exclusive Chinese import data that was scheduled to be delivered to us last month but never did. They have been estimated for this ranking. However we will shortly have access to full monthly 2017 Chinese import data which is a great improvement. We won’t dwell too much on this ranking as a lot has happened since 2016 came to an end, but we will spend a lot more time on the 2017 data when it becomes available in early 2018. This ranking was compiled with the help of Austin Rutherford.

The Ford F-Series is up two spots to rank #2 worldwide in 2016. 

Brand-wise, the podium is unchanged with Toyota reigning supreme (+0.8%) above Ford (+1.7%) and Volkswagen (+2.3%). Nissan (+4.7%) overtakes Hyundai (+0.5%) to rank 4th overall while Honda (+6.6%), Chevrolet (-4.4%), Kia (+4.4%), Renault (+13.8%) and Mercedes (+10.5%) retain their position vs. 2015. Below, Peugeot (+0.1%), BMW (+2.2%) and Audi (+3.7%) follow while Mazda (+0.7%) passes Fiat (-4.2%) to rank #14. Buick (+16.1%) and Jeep (+15.2%) post the two largest year-on-year gains in the Top 20.

Changan becomes the most popular Chinese brand in the world (#19). 

Changan (+7.8%) becomes the most popular Chinese brand in the world, edging past Wuling (-7.9%). There are 13 Chinese brands inside the worldwide Top 50, one more than in 2015. Haval (+41.8%) shoots up 4 spots to #27, followed by Dongfeng (+17.4%), Geely (+29.9%), Baojun (+47.8%) and BAIC (+37.1%). If you have been following the Chinese market as closely as we have, you will know that a lot of changes in this ranking are in store for 2017… Towards the tail end of the Top 50, we welcome Zotye (+90.4%) and GAC (+80.2%) among the world’s 50 most popular car brands.

The Hyundai Elantra climbs onto the worldwide podium in 2016.

Over in the models ranking, we have a familiar face on top: the Toyota Corolla snaps the world’s pole position for the 12th consecutive year, doing so with stable sales amounting to 1.5 million including the Auris (1.326 without) but excluding the Japanese Corolla. The rest of the Top 10 however gets a good shake: thanks to solid deliveries up 8% in North America, the Ford F-Series is up to #2 worldwide with just under 1 million units, above the Hyundai Elantra (-4%) and VW Golf (-10%), the latter down two spots on 2015. Excellent performance of the Renault Logan (+6%) climbing three ranks to #5 (including Sandero and Symbol sales).

The Nissan X-Trail is the best-selling SUV in the world in 2016.

The rest of the Top 10 is symbolic of the main trend affecting the worldwide carmaker: the SUV boom. Absent from the 2015 Top 10, they are no less than 3 among the world’s 10 most popular nameplates in 2016, and 5 in the Top 13! The segment is dominated by the Nissan X-Trail (+11%), ahead of the Hyundai Tucson (+29%), Honda HR-V (+36%), Toyota RAV4 (+8%) and Honda CR-V (+1%). Other great performers near the top of the ranking include the Honda Civic up 11 spots to #15, the Ram Pickup up 7 to #20, the Haval H6 up 23 to #22 and the Kia Sportage up 9 to #23. The Wuling Hongguang remains the #1 Chinese at #17 while the BMW 3/4 Series is the #1 premium nameplate (#26) above the Mercedes C Class (#30)

The Chery Arrizo 5 is the most popular new nameplate launch in the world in 2016. 

If you were still unconvinced of the increasingly dominant role the Chinese market is playing worldwide, one figure might sway you: out of 94 new nameplates entering this 2016 ranking, 50 are Chinese, including the four most successful launches. Holding the trophy of the most successful new nameplate launch in the world in 2016 is the Chery Arrizo 5 landing at #207, whose success had already spread to Iran by the end of 2016. It is followed by the Geely Boyue (#238), Roewe RX5 (#284) and Dongfeng Fengguang 580 (#292). Most successful non-Chinese new fare, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza lands at #297 while the Cadillac XT5 ranks  7th new launch at #321, below another Chinese: the Changan CX70. All the data is below the jump.

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World August 2017: South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific lift global sales up 4.1%

Fiat Argo – Brazil sales up almost 18% help global figures up 

According to an article by WardsAuto.com, global new vehicle sales are up 4.1% year-on-year in August to 7.36 million vehicles (that includes commercial vehicles), bringing the year-to-date tally up 3% or 1.79 million to 61.88  million units after eight months.

Europe sales are up 5.6% to 1.27 million (again these include light commercials so are higher than the figures we report at BSCB), lifting the year-to-date total up 4.4% to 13.78 million units. In August, Spain is up 14.2% to 87.000, France up 10.4% to 134.000, Germany up 2.9% to 284.000 and Italy up 9.1% to 94.000.

World sales Aug 2016 – Aug 2017. Source: WardsAuto.com

South America sees the largest improvement this month with a 17.6% uptick to 381.000 units, thanks to a 17.7% surge in Brazil to 217.000 sales while Chile is up 43.5% to 36.000. Year-to-date, new car deliveries in South America are up 11.5% to 2.58 million.

Sales in the Asia-Pacific region are up 5.6% to 3.47 million, China is up 5.3% to 2.19 million, India up 15.4% to 364.000 and passing Japan up 5.5% to 355.000. Year-to-date Asia-Pacific is up 4.5% to 28.31 million units.

North America is the only region to see a year-on-year sales decline, and this for the third consecutive month, at -1.2% to 1.83 million units, mainly due to the U.S. declining 1.7% to 1.51 million while Canada is up 7% to 187,000 and Mexico down 6.5% to 129.000. Overall, North America sales are down 1.9% so far in 2017 to less than 14 million units, the lowest 8-month volume for the region since 2014.

World First Half 2017: Renault-Nissan becomes world’s largest carmaker

Renault Alaskan. Picture courtesy maciautos.com 

It’s official: mainly thanks to the addition of the Mitsubishi brand to an already crowded stable, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has become over the First Half of 2017 the largest carmaker in the world. The Renault Group has posted record sales over the period, up 10.4% to 1.879.000 units, Nissan Motor is up 5.6% to 2.894.488 and Mitsubishi up 2.4% to 494.303. At this stage, the Renault-Nissan Alliance includes the following brands: Renault, Dacia, Samsung and Lada for the Renault Group, Nissan, Infiniti, Venucia, Datsun and Mitsubishi For Nissan Motor.

Nissan Titan Warrior Concept 

Overall, the Renault-Nissan Alliance sold 5.268.079 cars over the first six months of 2017, up 7% year-on-year. This is more than any other automotive group in the world. The Volkswagen Group sold 5.155.600 units (+0.8%) while Toyota Motor sold 5.129.000 cars (+2.7%) and General Motors 4.7m cars. It’s the first time that the Renault-Nissan Alliance holds the worldwide top spot, having never ranked on the podium in any year prior (it was #4 in 2016). This historical result comes as Renault announced it had generated record operating profits €1.8bn over the period on revenues that are up 17% year-on-year to €29.5bn. The Financial Times quotes Carlos Ghosn, Renault chief executive, as saying: “These results are due to our product range renewal plan, our geographic expansion and the commitment of all our employees.”  The company’s operation in Russia, which had been heavily lossmaking, posted a profit of €3m for the six months.

Mitsubishi Outlander Datsun RediGOLada VestaInfiniti QX30Dacia SanderoSamsung SM6Venucia T90

First Half 2017: Complete Data for selected markets

The Toyota C-HR lands in third place among passenger cars at home in Japan. 

Below you will find the links to the First Half 2017 Special Reports:

World First Half 2017: Renault-Nissan becomes world’s largest carmaker

China First Half 2017: Market slows down growth from +9.2% to +1.6%

USA First Half 2017: Rogue, CR-V and RAV4 outsell Altima, Civic and Camry in crossover push

USA First Half 2017: Exclusive State by State rankings now available

Europe First Half 2017: Best result in a decade but growth slows to 4.2%

Japan First Half 2017: Toyota C-HR storms into third place, Prius #1

Germany First Half 2017: Mercedes up, Volkswagen down but trusts Top 4

India First Half 2017: Top Five is 100% Maruti in record market up 8%

UK First Half 2017: Mercedes shines, places C-Class and A-Class in Top 10

UK First Half 2017: Now available with Top 150 models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

Italy First Half 2017: Fiat Tipo lands in third place, teases Lancia Ypsilon for #2

France First Half 2017: Market lifted up 3% by tactical sales

Brazil First Half 2017: Sales rebound, Jeep Compass leads new SUV charge

Russia First Half 2017: First positive result in five year

Russia First Half 2017: Now available with All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

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Special Middle East section (in alphabetical order):

Bahrain First Half 2017: Land Cruiser and Prado top market down 34%

Iraq First Half 2017: Kia Frontier doubles sales to hold 32.9% of market

Jordan First Half 2017: Hyundai and Kia both climb above Toyota

Kuwait First Half 2017: Toyota Prado #1, Kia up 15%, market down 11%

Lebanon First Half 2017: Prado and Land Cruiser on top, Datsun shines

Oman First Half 2017: Nissan advances 123% in market down 8%

Qatar First Half 2017: Nissan Patrol and Navara shine in market down 22%

Saudi Arabia First Half 2017: Camry leads, Renault Koleos smashes in

Syria First Half 2017: Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage on top

United Arab Emirates First Half 2017: Nissan Patrol cements top spot

Yemen First Half 2017: Toyota holds 78.3% share in recovering market

World Full Year 2016: VW outruns Toyota to #1 despite dieselgate

Volkswagen China. Picture courtesy AP Photo/dapd, Nigel Treblin, File via finacnytrh.comThe Volkswagen Group has China to thank for its #1 rank worldwide.

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For the past decade, Volkswagen has obsessed about racing to the top of the worldwide sales charts, with the #1 world ranking being the center of its “Strategy 2018” plan that focuses on lifting volumes each year. Most analysts – including myself – thought this goal would have to be postponed for a while when the dieselgate emissions scandal erupted in September 2015. Yes it is now official. For the first time in its history, the Volkswagen Group is the world’s best-selling automaker, and this despite the “dieselgate” emissions scandal that has plagued it for over a year now. This is a ranking established with sales volumes, and 2016 saw the Volkswagen Group increase its worldwide sales by 3.8% to 10.312.400 units.

VW has managed to surf of the China sales boom without launching new SUVs. For how long? 

The German group has benefited from the continued recovery of the European market, even though it trailed the average growth there with just +4%, and managed to stabilise in North America (+0.8%) mainly thanks to Audi. But the main reason why VW is the largest carmaker in the world this year is a 12% gain in China – surfing on the tax breaks for smaller-engine vehicles but here too trailing the country’s overall growth – to 3.982.200 sales. This is almost as much as VW’s sales in Europe as a whole (4.206.500) and it means roughly 40% of the Volkswagen Group’s worldwide sales are dependent on the good health of one country.

The Kodiaq will boost Skoda sales further up in 2017. 

Brand wise, the Volkswagen brand ends the year just below 6 million units and a reasonable 2.8% growth rate, one point below Audi at +3.8% to 1.871.300 sales which places the brand as #3 in the luxury race below Mercedes and BMW. Porsche (+5.6%) and Skoda (+6.8%) do even better while Seat (+2.6%) marks a pause but should be revived this year by the first annual sales of the new Ateca SUV. All the while Skoda will enjoy a boost from the Kodiaq that will also enter production in China.

The C-HR will boost Toyota’s worldwide sales in 2017. 

In contrast, Toyota Motor reported global sales of 10.175.000 units in 2016 (+0.2%), and global production of 10.213.486 units, both figures below Volkswagen’s for the first time. These figures include the Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino brands. 2016 puts an end to four consecutive years of worldwide domination for Toyota, which took the crown for the first time in 2008 when it ended General Motors 77-year reign as the world’s largest automaker. It was interrupted by GM in 2012 when production was disrupted by natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Toyota’s worldwide strategy differs from Volkswagen which is focused mainly on volumes. Indeed, Toyota’s profit was more than double Volkswagen’s during the six months through September, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Seat will benefit from the Ateca’s first full year of sales in 2017.

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the evolution of global sales for both manufacturers. According to Automotive News USA, Toyota must contend with possible trade tensions as U.S. President Donald Trump pressures foreign automakers to make more cars and trucks in the U.S. If this doesn’t affect VW as much as their US volumes are much smaller, the German carmaker, meanwhile, faces decelerating demand in China as the tax reduction expires and new crossovers are still a fair way from entering dealerships. Toyota is launching the C-HR small crossover in every corner of the globe in this start of 2017 which, if successful, could give the manufacturer a significant sales boost, especially in China where it trails Volkswagen as well as a handful of other Asian manufacturers such as Hyundai and Honda.

* Full Year 2016 Reports * 107 markets available

Wuling Hongguang S1 China 2016The Wuling Hongguang posts a 4th straight year at #1 in the world’s largest car market: China. 

This article is the portal to all Full Year 2016 Reports, you can find below all updates already live. This list is added in real time as more updates get published.

See the Full Year 2015 Reports for 136 markets here

See the Full Year 2014 Reports for 134 markets here

See the Full Year 2013 Reports for 108 markets here

All markets available in alphabetical order:

Algeria Full Year 2016: Import quotas bring market to standstill

Angola Full Year 2016: Fiat Doblo and Panda in the lead

Argentina Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux takes control for the first time

Australia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux first ever “ute” to lead annual sales

Australia Full Year 2016: Exclusive State by State rankings available

Austria Full Year 2016: VW Golf celebrates 40 consecutive years at #1

Azerbaijan Full Year 2016: Lada 4×4 new leader in market down 47%

Bahrain Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado on top

Belarus Full Year 2016: VW Polo leads for 4th year, Renault Kaptur in Top 10

Belgium Full Year 2016: VW Golf back to #1, Hyundai Tucson on podium

Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2016: Skoda Octavia and VW Golf on top

Botswana Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux leads, Land Cruiser Pickup up 60% to #2

Brazil Full Year 2016: Chevrolet takes control in market down 20%

Bulgaria Full Year 2016: Dacia Dokker and Nissan Qashqai dominate again

Canada Full Year 2016: Ford F-Series at peak in 4th straight record year

Chile Full Year 2016: Chevrolet Sail resumes domination, Hyundai #1 brand

China Full Year 2016: Tax cut boosts market up 14% to 28 million sales

China LCV Full Year 2016: Wuling Mini Truck leads, pickups up 11%

Colombia Full Year 2016: Renault keeps momentum, places Sandero #1

Côte d’Ivoire Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux and Renault Duster on top

Croatia Full Year 2016: VW Golf leads, Ford Focus and Suzuki Vitara up

Cyprus Full Year 2016: VW Golf resists, Ford Focus and Hyundai Tucson shine

Czech Republic Full Year 2016: 4 Skodas in Top 4 for the first time

Denmark Full Year 2016: Peugeot 208 ends VW Up reign in record market

Ecuador Full Year 2016: Great Wall soars 11% to #5 in market down 22%

Egypt Full Year 2016: Hyundai takes control in market down 40%

England (UK) Full Year 2016: First podium for the VW Golf

Estonia Full Year 2016: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Europe Full Year 2016: Volkswagen flat, Renault up in highest market in 9 years

Europe Full Year 2016: Discover the Top 385 models and Top 60 brands

Finland Full Year 2016: Skoda Octavia on top, Opel Astra up 180%

France Full Year 2016: Private sales under 50% for the first time

Germany Full Year 2016: Volkswagen down, Mercedes up, strongest market this decade

Greece Full Year 2016: Toyota Yaris #1, Nissan Micra on podium

Greenland (Denmark) Full Year 2016: Mitsubishi Outlander likely leader

Gulf Cooperation Council Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux reigns supreme

Hungary Full Year 2016: Suzuki resumes domination after 8 year-lull

Iceland Full Year 2016: Toyota Yaris resumes domination, Kia Sportage shines

India Full Year 2016: The year Renault cracked the Indian market

Indonesia Full Year 2016: Toyota Avanza leads, Calya lands at #3

Iran Full Year 2016: Saipa Pride & Peugeot 405 lead, Brilliance H330 in Top 10

Iraq Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage outsell Toyota Hilux

Ireland Full Year 2016: Hyundai Tucson signs historic win

Israel Full Year 2016: Kia Sportage first ever crossover to lead charts

Italy Full Year 2016: 6 Italian models in Top 7 for the first time in 32 years

Japan Full Year 2016: Toyota Prius returns to #1 spot after 3 year-hiatus

Japan Full Year 2016: Now with exclusive Top 170 All-local models

Jordan Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser takes control, market down 27%

Kazakhstan Full Year 2016: Toyota takes control of market down 52%

Kenya Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux only 10 units above Isuzu KB

Kuwait Full year 2016: Toyota Prado and Camry top market down 26%

Latvia Full Year 2016: Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Octavia top market up 15%

Lebanon Full Year 2016: Toyota Prado snaps top spot

Lesotho Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux ultra-dominant, Fortuner up to #3

Liechtenstein Full Year 2016: Volkswagen AG places 10 nameplates in Top 12

Lithuania Full Year 2016: Fiat 500 ultra-dominant, 500X in Top 5

Luxembourg Full Year 2016: VW Golf leads, BMW X1 up to 4th place

Malawi Full Year 2016: Toyota at 46.7% share, Hilux and Land Cruiser lead

Malaysia Full Year 2016: Perodua hits record share in market down 13%

Malaysia Full Year 2016: Models data now available (BSCB Exclusive)

Malta Full Year 2016: Toyota Aygo and Yaris top rental-biased market

Martinique (France) Full Year 2016: Peugeot and 208 reclaim #1 spots

Mauritius Full Year 2016: Nissan topples Toyota in market up 9%

Mexico Full Year 2016: Record market pounces up 18.6% above 1.6m units

Moldova Full Year 2016: Dacia Logan resists Hyundai Tucson assault

Monaco Full Year 2016: Mercedes takes off, Porsche on podium

Morocco Full Year 2016: Dacia places entire range in Top 7 in record market

Namibia Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Isuzu KB in the lead

Netherlands Full Year 2016: VW Golf holds off Renault Clio for 50 sales

New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2016: Dacia Duster ends 7 years of Ford Ranger domination

New Zealand Full Year 2016: Ford Ranger repeats in third straight record year

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2016: Hyundai Tucson and Renault Kadjar in Top 10

Norway Full Year 2016: VW Golf #1, Mitsubishi Outlander and BMW i3 shine

Oman Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux overtakes Land Cruiser Pickup to #1

Pakistan Full Year 2016: Toyota Corolla tops market down 10%

Philippines Full Year 2016: Toyota Vios leads, Fortuner shines in 7th consecutive record year

Poland Full Year 2016: Opel Astra catches up with Skoda Octavia, Fabia

Portugal Full Year 2016: Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 top market up 16%

Puerto Rico (USA) Full Year 2016: Toyota Yaris outpaces Corolla to #1

Qatar Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser towers above competition

Rep of Macedonia Full Year 2016: Dacia Duster snaps top spot

Romania Full Year 2016: Dacia Logan leads strongest market this decade

Russia Full Year 2016: Hyundai Solaris ends 45 years of Lada domination

San Marino Full Year 2016: Volkswagen and Audi add up to 30% share

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2016: First ever crown for the Hyundai Accent

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2016: Vauxhall Corsa leads, Astra up 20%

Serbia Full Year 2016: Fiat 500L leads, Opel Astra on podium

Singapore Full Year 2016: Honda takes control thanks to Vezel parallel imports

Slovakia Full Year 2016: Skoda Fabia leads, Hyundai Tucson and Suzuki Vitara shine

Slovenia Full Year 2016: Renault Clio leads, Captur in Top 5

South Africa Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux sovereign in market down 11%

South Korea Full Year 2016: Hyundai Porter first LCV to #1

Spain Full Year 2016: Renault, Seat Leon win in market pushed by rentals

Swaziland Full Year 2016: Isuzu KB reclaims pole position off Toyota Hilux

Sweden Full Year 2016: #1 car not a Volvo for the first time in 54 years

Switzerland Full Year 2016: VW Golf snatches last minute 23rd win

Syria Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier tops market down 36%

Taiwan Full Year 2016: Toyota Corolla, RAV4 and Yaris reign, CMC Veryca up

Thailand Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux snaps last minute 11th straight win

Tunisia Full Year 2016: Isuzu D-Max and Kia Rio superstars

Turkey Full Year 2016: Fiat Egea already in the lead in record market

Uganda Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 on top

UK Full Year 2016: Second annual record in a row despite Brexit

UK Full Year 2016: Discover the Top 150 best-selling models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ukraine Full Year 2016: Kia Sportage takes the lead in recovering market (+41%)

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser takes control

Uruguay Full Year 2016: Fiat takes control in market down 8%

USA Full Year 2016: Incentives lift market to second straight record

USA Full Year 2016: Exclusive State by State rankings now available

Venezuela Full Year 2016: Ford last man standing in market down 83%

Vietnam Full Year 2016: Toyota Vios leads market above 300.000 units

Wales (UK) Full Year 2016: Fiesta leads, Ford Kuga up

World Full Year 2016: Volkswagen #1, outpaces Toyota despite “dieselgate”

World Full Year 2016: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling cars

Yemen Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser #1, BMW X6 and X4 in Top 10

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