With almost 40-million of them having seen light of day, the Corolla is the best selling vehicle in the world.
With almost 40-million of them having seen light of day, the Corolla is the best selling vehicle in the world.

World's 10 best selling cars ever

By IOL Motoring Staff Time of article published Jun 25, 2012

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Is the Toyota Corolla really the best vehicle in the world? That's a topic for a considerable debate, unless your criterion is based solely on sales figures.

Our UK correspondents at the Herald on Sunday have compiled a list of the ten best selling cars in the world and it's no surprise that the Toyota Corolla takes the top spot.

Toyota has managed to sell 39-million Corollas around the globe during a lifespan of 10 generations since 1966. Its reputation for reliability has clearly made up for its alleged lack of charisma.

The next global best-seller is something of a stereotypical American gas-guzzler. Like the Corolla it's now in its tenth generation and 34-million of them have been pleasuring the world's oil companies since 1948.

Another popular name takes third spot, with VW's Golf having accounted for 27-million sales in six generations since 1974 while the Beetle is just behind it in the success hierarchy with 23 million cars sold. Ford's Escort takes fifth place with 20-million sales between 1968 and 2003.

In sixth and seventh are Honda's Civic and Accord, accounting for 18-million and 17-million units respectively.

The world's first mass produced vehicle, the Ford Model T, takes eight position with 16.5-million sales while Volkswagen's Passat and Chevrolet's Impala complete the top 10 with 15-million and 14-million sales respectively.

GLOBAL SALES HEIRARCHY

1. Toyota Corolla - 39-million

2. Ford F150 - 34-million

3. VW Golf - 27-million

4. VW Beetle - 23-million

5. Ford Escort - 20-million

6. Honda Civic - 18-million

7. Honda Accord - 17-million

8. Ford Model T - 16.5-million

9. VW Passat - 15-million

10. Chev Impala - 14-million

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