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World: 1960-2018 Historical Data now available

The VW Golf was the best-selling car in the world in 2000

* See the direct links to 33 Historical World posts by clicking on the title *

Thanks to Florian and  I can now share with you the world’s best-selling models in much more detail for selected years during the 1997-2005 period, but also a Top 1000 from 2012 onwards. And a big surprise: while we were expecting the Toyota Corolla to fly over all other models all the way from 1974 to 2014, it’s not. The VW Golf in the most popular model in the world in 1979, the Opel Corsa is the best-selling car in the world in 1997 (the Corolla is #2) and the VW Golf is the world’s favourite in 2000 (the Corolla is…#10!). But the Toyota has reclaimed the pole position in 2005 up until today, a full 14 consecutive years.

If you have any more detailed world models data please do get in touch. Blatant needs are for any year before 1980 and between 1981-89, so click away if you know more than I do…

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

All World Historical posts:

World 1960-1974: VW Beetle conquers the planet

World 1974: Toyota Corolla takes command

World 1975-1978: Toyota Corolla in the lead

World 1979: VW Golf passes Toyota Corolla to claim top spot

World 1980: Toyota Corolla clear leader, Renault 5 and VW Golf follow

World 1981-1989: Toyota Corolla from strength to strength

World 1990-1991: Toyota Corolla closes in on the million

World 1992-1997: Toyota Corolla reinforces world domination

World 1998: Opel Corsa the best-selling car in the world

World 2000: VW Golf in pole position See the Top 120 best-selling models here

World 2005: Toyota Corolla reclaims leadership

World 2006-2008: Toyota Corolla should stay on top

World 2009: Toyota Corolla #1 with 900,000+ sales

World 2010: Toyota Corolla leader, Hilux #1 in 28 countries

World 2011: Corolla faithful to pole position, discover the Top 100 best-selling models!

World vehicle population tops 1 billion units

World 2012: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

World 2013: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

World 2014: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

World 2015: Discover the Top 1400 best-selling models

World 2016: Discover the Top 1000 best-selling models

World 2017: Discover the Top 1200 best-selling models

Further 2015 updates:

World Full Year 2015: Toyota best-selling manufacturer as VW backs off

World Full Year 2015: Total sales data available for 145 countries

World Full Year 2015: Discover the #1 models in 178 countries

World Full Year 2015: Toyota #1 in 90 markets vs. 20 for Volkswagen

2016 updates:

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

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

2017 updates:

World Full Year 2017: Discover the Top 1200 best-selling cars in the world

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

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

2018 updates:

World Full Year 2018: Discover the Top 1300 best-selling cars

World Full Year 2018: Renault-Nissan, Toyota and Corolla snap top honours

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