“CAR” might be a three letter word, but these three letter word is enough to drive anyone crazy. Now a day, a car is more of a status symbol then a mode of easy transportation. Be it a sports car or a sedan or might be hatchback, everyone desires to have a car that fits into their budget and status. People normally believe that Mercedes, Ferrari or may be Hummer is the world’s best selling cars, but the truth is that not everyone can afford to have those elite and posh cars. Less than one percent of world population owns those cars. Most of the people prefer those cars that do not create a hole in their pockets. Just to leave you awestruck, we have compiled a list of Best Selling Cars in the World so far.
10 Chevrolet Impala
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Impala was introduced for the first time in the year 1958, under the Chevrolet brand of General Motors. Chevrolet Impala had been gone through a number of makeovers and changes over the years and launched in different versions. By far Chevrolet Impala has gone through ten generations of upgrades and mostly used as rental cars. The car started as a two-door coupe car which later evolved into sedan. The car has sold 13 million units until 1996 and has been campaigning using the tagline “Find New Roads”. The car has launched its latest version in the year 2013 with the sales commencing from 2014.
9 Lada Riva
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Popularly known as Lada Nova in Europe, Lada Riva is a medium sized family cars that came out of the factory of AvtoVAZ, a Russian car manufacturer. The car was first introduced in the year 1980 and is known to be the restyled version of an old car VAZ-2101 launched in 1970. The car has been one of the most popular cars in Russia and Egypt. So far the car has made the record sales of 13.5 million till 1997. The company has stopped the car production between 2010 and 2012 in Russia but in Egypt Lada 2107 remains in production.
8 Nissan Sunny/Sentra/Pulsar/Almera
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“It’s not a CAR, it’s a CAARRR” is the present tagline of Nissan’s best selling car till date. Most commonly known as Nissan Sunny in Japan, Sentra in US and Tsuru is Mexico. It is a compact car by Japanese car manufacturer Nissan which was launched in the year 1966 and is still selling its upgraded versions. In 1966 the car was launched by the name Datsun 1000 that soon became a craze around the globe. The company has by far sold 16 million units and done 10 improvements since its launch.
7 Honda Civic
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Honda Civic 16.5 million units has been sold till 2006 throughout the world since its debut in the year 1972. The car is available in all the three shapes viz Sedan, Coupe or Hatchback and has gone through multiple improvements over the years. In the recent past the car sales have dropped drastically but it is still one of the most popular cars in the history. During its launch in 1972 Honda was planning of pulling out the car manufacturing. If Honda would have done so, they would have missed the profits earned by the sale of millions of Civic Car. Present advertisement campaign for Honda Civic has concatenate itself with people via its popular tag line “Start Something Special”.
6 Ford Model T
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More than 100 year old car produced by the Ford motors owned by Henry Ford back in 1908 to 1927. The car was first produced when Henry Ford developed the modern assembly line. The car was originally sold for less than $1000 which, as the sales roared, turned into less than $300 in 1920s. The car was named as “Car of the Century” in December 1999. In the span of 19 years the car sold almost 16.5 million units that is much more than the sales figure of most car companies over decades. In spite of being out of production for 87 years the car still managed to get a place in the top selling cars of the time.
5 Opel Corsa
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Corsa was launched in the year 1982 and produced by the German company Opel. It has by far sold 18 million units of its five generations in the span of 32 years. Its latest fifth generation model was launched at Paris Motor Show in October 2014. The car has never been sold in US or Canada, in spite of marking its presence all over the world. Opel has adopted a German slogan for promoting its car “Wir Leben Autos” which means “We Live Cars”.
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Produced and introduced by AutoVAZ in the year 1970, VAZ-2101 is a compact sedan family car. The car was nicknamed as Kopekya meaning a “Small Coin”. VAZ-2101 is said to be the re-engineered version of Fiat 124 and was widely used in the European countries. The car was produced until 1988 and till 1982 no improvements were made in the car. So far, in the span of 18 years of its production the car has sold 19.5 million units.
3 Volkswagen Beetle
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Most famously known as the Bug, Volkswagen Beetle traces its history back in 1945 and is one of the most fortunate Cars Volkswagen has ever produced. The car has sold 21.5 million units till 2003, the year when Volkswagen finally stopped the production of this beauty. During its launch, critics predicted the failure of the vehicle due to its shape, noise and engine, but the car went on to make the history. The car is referred to as “The People’s Car” and is one of the First Rear Engine Car. The car was designed back in 1933 but was mass produced in 1945 and is presently associating with people with its tagline “Think Small”.
2 Volkswagen Golf
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Another car from the Volkswagen factory making its place in our list is Volkswagen Golf. The car was introduced in the year 1974 and is the second best selling car ever. Volkswagen Golf became the Volkswagen’s best selling car in year 2002. Golf has been the least expensive German car ever offered by Volkswagen, until Volkswagen New Jetta was launched. Originally Golf was deigned to succeed Beetle but instead became another best seller from Volkswagen along with its predecessor. The company differentiates Golf as “One of the greatest pleasure you can have” and has been sold 30 million units by mid June 2013.
1 Toyota Corolla
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“Toyota Corolla. A Car to be Proud of” is what Japanese car making company Toyota says about its best seller ever- Corolla. After 11 generations of upgrade, the car remains the most popular car in the world. Since, it was launched in the year 1966; Corolla has been an unprecedented triumph for Toyota. The car is said to be an inexpensive and most fuel efficient Sedan. The car is mainly used as Taxi and for rental purpose in the western countries. In its life span of 46 years, 40 million units has been sold till year 2013 throughout the world and continuously making new records.