The Best Selling Cars of All Time

September 30, 2009

This is the defining list in automotive engineering history. It is a testament to what vehicle designs have worked over the years and which cars have remained the peoples choices over the decades. The fact that these automobiles make up this list should not really surprise anybody who has ever driven on public roads (because frankly, these things are everywhere).

  1. Lets start the list with the best selling car of all time, the Toyota Corolla. It has been in production for 40 years (starting its life in Japan), it has evolved through nine generations of design and has sold over 35 million times to date. The Corolla has held a constant place in winning consumer reports each year for reliability, value and even fun to drive features. It is plausible that we will see a decline in Corolla sales in the future because other car makers are stepping-up the efficiency and value of their own sub-compacts. One thing is for sure, the Corolla has definitely earned its place atop this list and Toyota will do everything they can to keep it that way.

  1. Second place in a category such as this is nothing to be ashamed of. Even more, if you can get second place sales with a trusty pick-up truck. The Ford F-Series sits just behind the Corolla in sales, with a total of 25 million to date. Whats more astonishing, is that the F-Series trucks have been the top selling automobile in America for the past 23 years. These trucks are tough, comfortable, and reliable. Even though they can get pretty rusty over the years, they are considered the best looking trucks on the market. The F-Series has been around for ten generations of improvements and this year's design shows just how far Ford has brought their brutal breadwinner. Just think how much more the F-Series would sell if it wasn't marketed to mostly North America.

  1. Third place is where the sales numbers start getting very close, but pulling out the bronze metal is the Volkswagen Golf. It was the first ever "hot hatchback" sold in the world, complete with a strong and peppy motor, stiff handling and a crowd following like no other car in the universe. The Golf was first launched in 1974 and has sold over 24 million times, though five generation models. It gets my vote as the most fun-to-drive car on the list. With performance trims like the GTI, R32 and next years Golf R, this little VW grabs attention from adults and boy racers alike. In Europe, the Golf is the most popular car hands down. If it keeps growing its popularity in the U.S., it won't be long before it exceeds all expectations.

To close, I will add that fourth place in sales goes to the iconic Volkswagen Beetle with 21,529,464 sold over its 60 years of production (until 2003, when production of the original Beetle came to an end in Mexico). Fifth place on the list is where the Ford Model T has staked its place with 16,500,000 cars sold. It was the first car to be built on an assembly line and it was probably the first car our great, great, great grandparents learn how to drive on. It only came in one color (black) and we wouldn't want it any other way.

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