The best-selling car made in Australia is the Ford Falcon, which has sold a whopping 3 million units since the car debuted in 1960. The car has gone through seven generations and is also the most popular taxi is Australia and New Zealand.
Brazil has shifted an impressive 4 million Volkswagen Gol’s and it has been the best-selling car in the country for 26 years straight (since 1987). Interestingly the name of the car comes from the Brazilian word for goal.
Volkswagen reigns supreme again, this time in China. The car has sold over 1.5 million units in the country since 1984. It has been heavily used in Shanghai in particular as a consumer car as well as police car and taxi.
The Renault Clio leads the way in France. Since 1991 over 8 and a half million Clio’s have been sold. Fun fact: Other than the VW Golf it’s the only car that has been voted European Car of the Year twice (both in 1991 and again in 2006).
Can you guess what the best-selling car model ever by a Germany manufacturer is? If you said the Volkswagen Golf then you would be spot on. And get this, since 1974 over 25 million of them have been sold. And the Golf brand is still going strong both in Germany and the rest of Europe.
The best-selling car by an Indian manufacturer is one very few have heard of (outside of India of course). It’s the Hindustan Ambassador. It was introduced all the way back in 1958 and was modelled after the Morris Oxford 3 model from the Morris Motors Limited company. The Ambassador has sold over 4 million units to date. Over the decades the style and look of the car has remained relatively unchanged, making it quite iconic.
The best-selling Italian car has been the Uno made by Italian manufacturer Fiat. It has sold over 8.5 million units to date worldwide. An especially big market for Italy’s small car was Brazil in which it sold over 3.5 million units.
Japan has created many great selling cars but one of its biggest success stories is the Toyota Corolla series. The Corolla was initially released in 1966; it became one of the world’s best-selling cars by 1974 and has been ever since. The most frequently cited sales number for the Toyota Corolla state that it has sold over 40 million cars across 11 generations. Pretty impressive.
The best-selling car made in Spain is the SEAT Ibiza. It’s sold over 3.5 million units across 4 generations since being introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1984.
The best-selling US manufactured car is the Ford F-Series. Having sold over 34 million units across 12 generations since 1948. It has been the US’s best-selling car for twenty eight consecutive years. Unlike many of the other best selling cars from countries mentioned above, which are quite small, the Ford F-Series is a full size pickup truck.
The best-selling car from the UK? Well it can only be the UK’s beloved pride and joy, the Mini. It was introduced in 1959 and by 2000 it had sold a not so mini 5.5 million units.
Some interesting facts about the Mini.
– In 1961 it became the first British car in history to sell over a million units.
– Rumour has it that the designer of the Mini disliked the concept of windows rolling up and down and demanded the windows slide open instead.
– The reason why 4 people could fit relatively comfortably inside such a small car was because of the minis unique front wheel drive layout allowing eighty percent of the internal space of the car to be used for passengers.
So there you have it, a breakdown of the best selling cars across some of the main car producing countries in the world. What we love is the amount of variety in the list. From the tiny Mini Cooper to the not so tiny Ford F-Series and everything in between.