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The Cars That Sell The Most Worldwide

Despite many in the United States gravitating towards SUVs and midsize vehicles, worldwide, a different picture emerges, as the top selling cars tend to be much smaller.

The List

  1. Volkswagen Polo

It's not available in the United States, but the Volkswagen Polo still manages to be one the best selling cars worldwide. There isn't a specified reason for why it's not available in the United States. One of the best features of the vehicle is the fact that it gets around 70 mpg on highways. Economical, indeed.

  1. Honda CR-V

As the only sports utility automobile that is in the list of best selling automobiles, it's a compact SUV that sells well both in the United States and internationally. The U.S. comprises 40% of its sales, and it has sold a quarter of a million units in 2013. This is undeniably a hit for Honda with its broad appeal.

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  1. Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a representation of Ford's strategy to make sure that they market smaller vehicles internationally compared to in the United States. Selling a similar amount to the Honda CR-V, it comes in 7 different varieties and can reach up to 38 mpg. Ford looks to continue to pursue this strategy in the future for obvious reasons.

  1. Volkswagen Golf

It's not popular at all in the United States but has sold extremely well globally. Small and compact, it can reach 42 mpg. It's quite remarkable that it's on the list since it has barely registered in the United States. Maybe it'll catch on eventually, propelling it even higher in updated lists.

  1. Toyota Camry

As one of the top selling automobiles in the United States, where it sells over 50% of its units, it's a midsize sedan that is very popular in other countries as well, though less so in developing countries. Look for it to gain even more in popularity in the future.

  1. Chevy Cruze

Made by GM, it has sold 1/3rd of its units in the United States and 2/3rds abroad, perhaps a testament to its reliability and high mpg, which can reach 42 mpg. It's not quite aesthetically pleasing, but its performance has propelled it in sales.

  1. Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai is a brand that's synonymous with quality and reliability. In 2013, it sold around 850,000 units and is highly popular in Asia and the United States. It can get 38 mpg and is a small-sized car that Europeans also like.

  1. Volkswagen Jetta

Notice that this is the third vehicle from Volkswagen that's on this list. And just like the Volkswagen Golf, it doesn't sell well in the United States at all. However, Asia and Europe propel it to number 3 on this list. It currently can get up to 42 mpg and if it ever started selling more in the U.S., perhaps it could reach the top spot.

  1. Toyota Corolla

With over 1 million units sold, the Toyota Corolla used to be in first place. Perhaps next year it will reclaim the position, but nonetheless, it's a hit in Asia, Europe, and the United States. It's 40 mpg that it can get helps its cause, as does its affordability and quality.

  1. Ford Focus

It has sold over a million units just like the Corolla and continues Ford's strategy of catering to international tastes with certain international models. The Ford Focus also can reach 37 mpg and looks to be long-term competition to the Toyota Corolla in upcoming years.  

Next year, as always, the order of the list will surely change, perhaps with some new additions!

Joe Webster
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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