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The best-selling automobiles are those cars and light trucks which claim to being the highest selling vehicles in the markets they compete in since their introductions. These vehicles often boast for the practicality, affordability, with significant amount of power and handling that meet consumer needs.

They may not be the sexiest cars of all time; however, there seems to be one on every corner. With no sign of sales slowing down, many of these cars have lasted decades.

Different people feel comfortable in a different environment and they may have different sort of criteria dictating what they’re looking for at different situations. So, the numbers keep on changing year by year in the top-selling list.

While manufacturers’ provide references to verify their claims, there is always chance for hyperbole or inaccuracy because there is no authoritative standard for measuring units sold. For example a single car may be sold all at once in different markets under various nameplates. In such situations, manufacturers often give only aggregate figures sold for all models.

However for the most part it all seems to make sense whether they’re reasonably priced worldwide, or have been in production for a long time with trusted nameplates; still these cars are best-selling for a reason.

These top-selling cars are absolutely the popular throughout the history, though, might not be the most exciting. Here are the 10 Best Selling Cars all time, though the list can be surprising from time to time.


Toyota Corolla:

Units sold: 40 M

2014 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is a line of subcompact and compact cars that has been in production with 11 generations since 1966. It has been Toyota’s exclusive big seller ever since production from the popular AE86 variants to the economy sedan. The Corolla became the best-selling car in the world, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle in 1997. Through July 2013, the Corolla touched the milestone of 40 million units sold. The Corolla nameplate has been reasonably priced; fuel efficient and perfectly running, not only in Japan and America but in different corners of the world too. While the older model was still breaking into the top-selling cars, a redesigned and refreshed model has been recently released.

Ford F-Series

Units sold: 35M


In the second position best-selling list is the Ford F-Series lineup — full-size pickup trucks that has been in production since 1948. It has been the best-selling pick-up in the U.S for the past 40 years. The F-Series’ most popular variant is the F-150. The tenth generation of the F-series was launched in 1998 featuring the Super Duty series the F-250 and F-350 that also have changed body styles. The F-Series lineup has been exceedingly prolific in the United States, meeting every consumer need from the affordable F-150 to the current and powerful F-750 Super Duty series.

Volkswagen Golf

Units sold: 27.5M

Volkswagen Golf Gti 2015

The Golf is compact small family car that has been in production with seven generations so far since 1974. It is one of the powerful vehicle model, marketed worldwide featuring various body styles and nameplates. This particular example has owned the third best-selling place and proved to be the most affordable compact car Volkswagen has to offer. This nameplate has made the cut and is also acknowledged to be the successor to the Beetle.

Volkswagen Beetle

Units sold: 23.5M

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

The Beetle is a two-door, rear-engine compact car that was produced in 1938 and marketed through 2003. It is one of the longest running and most iconic cars in the history. With cheap price and funky design, it has been the Volkswagen flagship vehicle and captured the hearts of many people throughout its production. The front-engine New Beetle that shares the exterior design with the original Beetle was launched in 1997. With a performance-minded turbo, fuel-efficient diesel models, the recent-most Beetles have something to offer for everyone.

Ford Escort

Units sold: 20M

Ford Escort

The UK version Ford Escort is fuel-efficiency a small family car that was in production from 1968 to 2004. It is the best-selling car of all time in the United Kingdom that further pushed into its six generations, providing a larger engine and more options. It still owns the fifth best-selling car position despite its discontinued production.

Honda Civic

Units sold: 18.5M

2015 Honda Civic

The Civic is a compact car introduced in 1972. Since its production, it has undergone various transformations from two doors to hatchback to coupe and sedan forms while becoming more up-market. With fuel-efficiency & affordability, this particular car is one of the most popular cars in history. In current years, the buyer can also choose from a hybrid powertrains or natural gas versions providing more fuel efficiency and further saving that makes it on the sixth best-selling position.

Honda Accord

Units sold: 17.5M

Honda Accord Sport 2013

In the seventh position is the Accord is series of Honda automobiles with nine generations so far since its production in 1976. A variety of vehicles is marketed worldwide using Accord nameplate, including sedans, crossovers, hatchbacks, coupes. The four-door sedan variant is one of the most popular cars in the U.S. With fuel efficiency, affordability, this is one of the top performance-minded vehicles that have been listed many times in 10 best automobiles.

Model T

Units sold: 16.5M

1922 Ford Model T

The Model T was a full-size, economy car produced by Ford Motor Company from 1908 to 1927. It was decorated as the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition. Having acknowledged as the first affordable car for less than $1,000 due to assembly line production, it opened travel to the common middle-class American.

Volkswagen Passat

Units sold: 15.5M

Volkswagen Passat 2011

The Passat is a mid-sized family car that has been in production since 1973. The latest generation Passat is hugely different vehicle since its first assembly line, growing into a completely changed look and decently larger than ever before. The derivative of automobile is being marketed with different badges in different countries. The new lines are being rolled up in the hopes of selling even more in the Unite4d States market.

Chevy Impala

Units sold: 14M

2014 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala is a full-sized automobile with ten generations of upgrades so far since its production in 1958. This nameplate has proven to be the longest running model in Chevrolet’s history. The Impala’s four-door sedan variant that made its transformation from a large two-door performance coupe is one of the most popular mid-sized cars worldwide.

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