These are the best-selling car models of all time

The current generation Toyota Corolla. Toyota Corolla: 1st place, 47.5 million copies sold Nobody buys a Corolla to stand out. You buy it earlier because it doesn’t stand out. Reliable technology and a timeless design are the main buying arguments for the compact mid-sized car from Japan. Secretly and quietly, the Toyota has been stringing together the sales successes for decades now. Since the debut of the model series in 1966, the Japanese have sold nearly 50 million copies of their bestseller worldwide for ten generations and with numerous sister models. After several years in the showroom in Europe as Auris, hoping to give him a more sparkling image, Toyota returned to the old, successful name in 2019. The numbers behind the success Built since 1966 Built to date Number of years in production 56 Number of units sold per year (average) 848,214 The Ford F-150 as Raptor-R Ford F-150, 2nd place, 40 million units sold In large parts of in the United States, such a pick-up is the ideal means of transport. After all, you don’t have to take into account crowded city centers and cramped parking garages. As a modern successor to the covered wagon, Ford’s F-series is as much a part of life in the United States as ice cubes in cola. Targeted, huge and affordable: in the land of unlimited possibilities, this is still very popular, but not practically outside the States. An important reason for its success is its flexibility. Many variants are available with different body options, wheelbases, engines and equipment versions. In this way it can be perfectly adjusted to the needs of the various users. They are not bothered by the sometimes very coarse construction and finish, they are especially happy with the low starting price. In the United States, the base version of the F-150 costs just $30,870. Then you get a 3.3-litre V6 and rear-wheel drive. The American bestseller now even has a start-stop system on board, while the fully electric Lightning is already in the starting blocks, because if the F-150 wants to continue its success story, it must of course keep up with the times. The numbers behind the success Built since 1948 Built to date Number of years in production 74 Number of units sold per year (average) 540,541 The Volkswagen Golf VIII as a Variant. Volkswagen Golf, 3rd place, 35 million units sold In eight generations, the compact middle class from Wolfsburg developed into a kind of sneaker among passenger cars. A Volkswagen Golf fits always and everywhere and is to the taste of almost everyone. Almost everyone can afford it, especially second-hand ones. Truly a car for the people, from all walks of life. The Golf has been a fixture in the compact middle class for decades. Many people have memories of it: as the car in which you received your driving lessons, in which you went on holiday with your parents or your first company car. Although Opel occupied the number-one position in this segment for years in our country, worldwide the Golf has traditionally been an unparalleled sales topper. Where the Toyota Corolla was sometimes given a completely different design during model changes, the lines of the Golf always remained recognizable, with its triangular windows at the rear and wide C-pillars. The numbers behind the success Built since 1974 Built to date Number of years in production 48 Number of units sold per year (average) 729,167 The current Volkswagen Passat, you only see it as a Variant. Volkswagen Passat: 4th place, 30 million units sold For almost half a century, the Volkswagen Passat has been convincing as a versatile and reliable everyone’s friend. Whether it concerns transporting a large family or a lot of luggage, you can count on the Passat. He never boasted about his talents, which many people appreciate. Especially on the Chinese roads, it is a frequent guest, despite the SUV trend. It is the stereotypical station wagon for representatives, but also a sought-after family car. Still, it’s quite astonishing that the Volkswagen Passat ranks so high in the list of best-selling models of all time. The explanation for this was quickly found: China! With a longer wheelbase, the Passat has won an unprecedented number of buyers in recent years. And that while the start was downright difficult. In 1973, customers still had to get used to the modern, angular shape. Many people had in mind round carts with a boxer engine placed in the back when they heard the name Volkswagen. The practical liftback shape and the Passat Variant that followed a little later quickly convinced potential buyers. The numbers behind the success Built since 1973 Built to date Number of years in production 49 Number of units sold per year (average) 612,245 The Honda Civic has just started a new adventure, this is the brand new latest generation. Honda Civic: 5th place, 24 million units sold Honda has always managed to give the Civic a certain quirkiness. The eleventh generation of the Civic is now for sale. The model has always succeeded in setting new accents and not simply being the umpteenth compact middle class. The mix of sound technology, a daring design (in some generations) and spicy Type-R versions form the basis for the success. From 1972, when the purchase of a Japanese car was still seen as an adventure in our country, it conquered the hearts of generally female buyers with a lively 1.2-liter engine and 54 hp, a chassis that is suitable for a 3, 40 meter short car was surprisingly high quality and well equipped. Over the years, the model turned into a harbinger of the premium compact mid-sized car, which was mainly focused on driving dynamics. The CRX coupĂ© variant from the 1980s is a sought-after classic today, and the eagerness with which the VTEC engines rev up is legendary. Powering the fifth generation Civic from 1991 onwards, the 1.6-litre engine delivers 160 horsepower at an impressive 7,600 rpm. Honda dared to break new ground with the appearance, just like Toyota with the Corolla. After a series of good-looking models from the late 1990s, the eighth generation, which had been in the showroom from 2005, looked as if it had just been pushed in there from the design studio. The clientele consists roughly of an older target group, who go for the basic versions, and the young Fast & Furious fans, who especially want the powerful Type-R. With their wild spoiler work, the Type-R seems straight out of a video game. Opinions on the recently redeemed tenth model series, which can be seen in the photo, are divided. Some people like its direct steering and the heavily tuned chassis, while other people are not really charmed by this setting in combination with the sometimes downright annoying CVT transmission and the modest engine power, not to mention the poor operability. The eleventh generation Civic is again in the classic liftback configuration. The numbers behind the success: Built since 1972 Built to date Number of years in production 50 Number of units sold per year (average) 480,000 Volkswagen Beetle, 6th place, 21.5 million units sold An entire generation grew up with the Volkswagen Beetle and took it his driver’s license. It also became a symbol of growing prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 60s and 70s in particular, the Beetle was very popular with car buyers in the Netherlands. It remained in production for 65 years, from 1938 to 2003, and with 21.5 million built, it is the most produced car of all. That is, if you consider that only one model generation was able to achieve this. It has made a large part of the world population mobile and today effortlessly conquers the hearts of many classic enthusiasts with its round design. The genesis of the Beetle is rather sinister. Adolf Hitler gave the order to develop a ‘KdF’ car (‘Kraft durch Freude’). However, the car only really picked up steam after the war, when it made an important contribution to the ‘Wirtschaftswunder’ in its home country. The Beetle was never really good. The air-cooled engines in the rear had temperature problems and often gave up the ghost when they had less than 50,000 kilometers behind them. The stove got very little from all this heat, leaving Beetle drivers invariably with frozen toes. After a few winters, body panels had to be overhauled to make the Beetle presentable again. That didn’t change the fact that people loved their Beetle, and they still do. The unmistakable sound, the great traction, the view of the round front cover, these are all very charming aspects. The simple Standard Beetle had 30 hp, the Export received 34 hp and the 1302/03 had a longer front and a maximum power of 50 hp. If you really wanted to spoil yourself, you could opt for the Cabriolet that Karmann built. The numbers behind the success Built since 1938 Built until 2003 Number of years in production 65 Number of units sold per year (average) 330,769 Other success numbers in car history The last generation Ford Escort. Ford Escort: 7th place. 20 million units sold Built since 1968 Built until 2003 Production period 35 years Number of units sold per year 571,429 Lada 2104/2105/2107 (license Fiat 124): 8th place, 19 million units sold Built since 1976 Built until 2012 Production period 33 years Number of units sold per year 575,758 The current generation Ford Fiesta received a slight update at the end of last year. Ford Fiesta, 9th place, 19 million units sold Built since 1976 Built to date Production period 45 years Yearly sales 413,043 Toyota Hilux, 10th place, 18 million units sold Built since 1968 Built to date Manufacturing period 54 years Number of units sold per year 351,852 The current Opel Corsa came on the market three years ago. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, 11th place, 18 million units sold Built since 1982 Built to date Production period 40 years Number of units sold per year 450,000 The current Honda Accord, unfortunately not in our showroom. Honda Accord, 12th place, 17 million units sold Built since 1976 Built to date Production period 46 years Number of units sold per year 369,565 Chevrolet Impala, 13th place, 16.8 million units sold Built since 1957 Built to 2020 Production period 63 years Number of units sold per year 266,667 The Ford Focus as ST. Ford Focus, 14th place, 16 million units sold Built since 1998 Built to present Production period 24 years Yearly sales 666,667 Ford Model T, 15th place, 15 million units sold Built since 1908 Built to 1927 Manufacturing period 19 years Number of units sold per year 789,474 Renault Clio, 16th place, 15 million units sold Built since 1990 Built to date Production period 32 years Number of units sold per year 468,750 Volkswagen Polo, 17th place, 14 million units sold Built since 1975 Built to date Production period 47 years Number of units sold per year 297,474 BMW 3 Series, the current one has just been facelifted. BMW 3 Series, 17th place, 14 million units sold Built since 1975 Built to date Production period 47 years Number of units sold per year 297,474 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 19th place, 11.9 million units sold Built since 1961 Built until 1999 Production period 38 years Number of units sold units per year 313,158 Opel/Vauxhall Astra, 20th place, 11 million units sold Built since 1980 (D-kadett was called as Vauxhall al Astra) Built to date Production period 42 years Number of units sold per year 261,905


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