Top 10 Best Selling Cars In The World — Is Yours On The List?

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Ever wondered which is the best-selling car in the world? With numerous car being launched in a year, the competition gets tough for each of the manufacturer.

Some data say that more than 60 million cars are being produced every year. Now, that is a humongous number.

Also Read: Best Selling Cars In India In Terms Of Value

Amidst this hard fought competition, there are cars which are the best-selling in the world and car brands produce cars to be the best selling in the world.

Here is the list of best-selling cars in the world in the first half of 2016.

10. Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado slots itself in the tenth spot in the ranking, it is a full-size/heavy duty pickup truck which has been production from 1998.

Chevrolet sold 307,845 units of the Silverado in the first half of 2016 and has moved from the 11th spot to the top 10.

Winning many awards for its capabilities, the Chevrolet Silverado is popular among the pickup truck enthusiasts.

Doing the duty for the Chevrolet Silverado, a choice of five engines is available on the pickup truck. You have the 4.3-litre V6 engine which churns out 286bhp, a 5.3-litre V8 producing 355bhp, a 6.2-litre V8 punching out 420bhp, also a 6.0-litre V8, which develops 360bhp and a 6.6-litre V8 producing 397bhp.

Taking care of the gearbox is an option of 6-speed or 8-speed automatic gearbox.

9. Honda CR-V

In its fourth generation, the Honda CR-V takes the ninth position with sales of 333,597 units in the first half of 2016. Honda has been enthralling customers around the world with the CR-V from 1995.

The Honda CR-V is an SUV and many consider it as a compact crossover and CR-V stands for "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle". The 4th generation Honda CR-V was launched in 2011 and the 5th generation is reportedly in the development stage.

As for the powertrain of the Honda CR-V, a choice of five engines, a 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre as petrol and 1.6-litre and 2.2-litre in diesel engines. Doing the gearbox duty are the choice of 5-speed and 9-speed automatic, and a 6-speed manual. Also, seen is a CVT gearbox as well.

8. Toyota Camry

Built initially as a narrow body, the Toyota Camry was slotted in the compact car segment from its start of production in 1982. In 1991, it was built as a wide body and fell in the mid-size segment.

The Toyota Camry is in its 5th generation currently and the sixth generation is expected to be launched sometime in 2017.

On the list of top 10 best selling car in the world, the Camry comes in at the eighth position by selling 339,611. It fell from the sixth position it enjoyed in 2015.

The widely sold Toyota Camry is powered by the choice of three engines, a 2.5-litre, four cylinder, hybrid model rated at 201bhp, a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine churning out 178bhp and 230Nm of torque, and the third mill is a 3.5-litre V6 punching 268bhp of pure power. All of these engines come mated to 6-speed automatic gearbox.

In India, the Toyota Camry comes with the option of a 2.5-litre hybrid or a petrol engine.

7. Toyota RAV4

The first compact crossover SUV built by the Japanese manufacturer made its debut back in 1994. Currently, the Toyota RAV4 is in its fourth generation and has sold 346,791 units in the first half of 2016.

It has moved up the ladder from 10th position in 2015 in the top 10 best selling car in the world. Toyota sells the RAV4 is different states of tune in requirement to the country it is being sold.

The RAV4 comes with the choice of 2.0-litre AWD, 2.0-litre Multi Drive AWD, 2.4-litre, and a hybrid. All of this is the petrol engines. As for the diesel units, the RAV4's powertrains include two types of engines, a 2.0-litre and, a 2.2-litre turbo engines.

6. Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo won the ‘World Car of the Year" in 2010 and continues to excite auto enthusiasts around the world. The car has been in production from 1975 with five generations.

Considered and called as a hot hatch, the VW Polo brings the performance to highlight. It has been raced in the World Rally Championship and has numerous fans in India.

Volkswagen sold 358,602 units in the first half of 2016 and moved one place to 6th in the rankings.

VW offers the Polo in various states of tune:


  • 1.2L 12-valve petrol, 68 bhp and 74bhp
  • 1.2L turbocharged 8-valve petrol, 89bhp and 103bhp
  • 1.4L 16-valve petrol, 84bhp
  • 1.4L turbocharged 16-valve petrol, 134bhp
  • 1.4L twincharger 16-valve petrol, 174bhp
  • 1.6L 16-valve petrol, 103bhp
  • 1.2L turbocharged 12-valve diesel, 74bhp
  • 1.6L turbocharged 16-valve diesel, 89 and 130bhp


5. Hyundai Elantra

The South Korean manufacturer has sold 363,490 maintaining its position at 5th from the previous year. Currently, the Hyundai Elantra is in its sixth generation and has been in production from 1992.

In India, the sixth generation is expected to hit the shores end of 2016. The current generation model ditches the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design and looks sporty with sharp lines.

Available in 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre in the petrol engine, also, seen is the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit. Also is the 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel unit and a 2.0-litre petrol mill.

In India, we have the 1.8-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel on the 5th generation Hyundai Elantra.

4. Ford Focus

The Ford Focus known more for its racing pedigree in the WRC was initially produced for the roads back in 1998.

Ford has the third generation of the Focus and was launched in 2010. Ford has sold 367,479 units and moves one rank down in the list of top 10 best selling cars in the world.

The Ford Focus is available as sedan and hatch and engines vary from 2.0-litre regular and 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre EcoBoost engines. Also seen is a Ford Focus Electric hatch.

3. Ford F-Series

The Ford F-Series is a light and heavy-duty pickup trucks and has been the automobile industry from 1948. One of the popular version of the F-Series is the F-150 which is produced over an insane 13 generations.

Ford F-150 enjoys the title of best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981 and best-selling pickup since 1977. To do the heavy duty, Ford introduced the F-250 and F-350 and was part of the Ford Super Duty series. Also, seen are the medium-duty trucks as F-650 and F-750.

The engine options available on the Ford F-150 are 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, and a regular 3.5-litre and 5.0-litre engines.

Ford sold 478,384 units of the F-Series pickup trucks making it the top 3 selling cars in India.

2. Volkswagen Golf

The VW Golf is the second best-selling car in the world with sales of 500,630 units being sold for the first half of 2016. Since its production from 1974, Volkswagen has built seven generations of the Golf.

The Golf from Volkswagen won the World Car of the Year in 2009 along with the Golf Mk6 and Golf Mk7 won it in 2013.

The powertrain on the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a 217bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder engine, which is available with a choice of performance which will rack up the power to 227bhp.

As for the Volkswagen Golf R which produces a massive 296bhp of power from the turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder with 4WD.

1. Toyota Corolla

There are many titles added to the Toyota Corolla - became best-selling car worldwide by 1977, best-selling nameplate dislodging Volkswagen Beetle in 1997 are among the few titles that the Corolla enjoys.

One of the main milestones is reaching 40 million Corollas sold worldwide over the eleven generations of the car. The Toyota Corolla is sold in a various avatar.

As per the data, Toyota sold 634,298 units in the first half of 2016 and continues to rule the roost as the best-selling car in the world.

In India, we have the 1.8-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel unit.


India has nearly half of the cars on this list, which reflect the interest global car manufacturer have in the Indian market.

Looking at the top two cars, one is a performance car and the other being passenger cars. A clear indication of a requirement of both types of cars needed to the market.

Toyota is being threatened by Volkswagen in terms of brand and Toyota will continue to provide the best of technology and engineering.

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Story first published: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 17:20 [IST]
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