Top 10 Best-Selling Cars Of All Time

Since its invention in 1885, the car has taken the world by storm. Few other inventions have had such an impact on the world as the automobile. Over the years, hundreds of car brands have emerged, producing millions of cars sold all around the globe. But which cars exactly are the most sold ones to date? The following ranking of the all-time best selling cars will show you just that.

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The 10 Best-selling Cars of all Time:

As of March 2019

1. TOYOTA COROLLA
44 million cars sold
2. FORD F-SERIES
40 million cars sold
3. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
30 million cars sold
4. VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
23.5 million cars sold
5. LADA RIVA
19 million cars sold
6. HONDA CIVIC
18.5 million cars sold
7. FORD ESCORT
18 million cars sold
8. HONDA ACCORD
17.5 million cars sold
9. FORD MODEL T
16.5 million cars sold
10. VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
15.5 million cars sold

1. Toyota Corolla

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Toyota Corolla E10, the first-generation Corolla

Original production country: Japan
Production years: 1966 – present
43 million cars sold

The Corolla line by Japanese car maker giant Toyota is the best selling car in history. It was first introduced in November 1966. The earliest two E10 and E20 generations were already quite successful, but the Corolla line has only increased in worldwide popularity ever since. The Corolla is still being produced and is currently in its 12th generation.

2. Ford F-Series

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The Ford F-3 from the first-generation of the F-Series

Original production country: USA
Production years: 1948 – present
40 million cars sold

Ford’s pickup truck series is the world’s second most sold car line in history. While the F-Series was mostly successful in the United States, it did also sell quite well in Latin America as well as many parts of Africa. Today, the F-Series is in its 13th generation.

3. Volkswagen Golf

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The first-generation Volkswagen Golf I

Original production country: Germany
Production years: 1974 – present
30 million cars sold

Volkswagen’s Golf line represents the most popular small family car in world history. Known as Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States, the car derived from the Beetle, but managed to become even more popular on streets around the world. While the popularity of the Golf has somewhat cooled off in recent years, it is still being produced and sold all around the globe. The car is currently in its 7th generation.

4. Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Type 1

Original production country: Germany
Production years: 1938 – 2003
23.5 million cars sold

The original production of the Volkswagen Beetle aka Volkswagen Type 1 is in hindsight somewhat controversial as the market release of car was heavily centered around Nazi propaganda of 1930s Germany. The Beetle was also widely produced and used for and by the Nazis on their attempted conquest of Europe. However, after World War II, the car managed to reshape its image and became one of the most known, loved and best selling cars in the world. Walt Disney even dedicated an entire movie series to the car. Unfortunately, due to decreasing sales, Volkswagen decided to end the production in 2003.

5. Lada Riva

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The classic Lada Riva VAZ 2105

Original production country: Soviet Union / Russia
Production years: 1980 – 2012
19 million cars sold

If you didn’t grow up in a Communist country, chances are you have never heard of this car or known anyone who ever drove a Lada Riva. But all over the Soviet Union Ladas were the by far most popular cars to have. Sales in the Capitalist West were far less common, but did occur. Even after the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union, the car managed to stay popular in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. Production of the car went on up until 2012.

6. Honda Civic

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First-generation Honda Civic

Original production country: Japan
Production years: 1972 – present
18.5 million cars sold

7. Ford Escort

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First-generation Ford Escort Deluxe
(Source: Riley / CC BY 2.0)

Original production country: USA
Production years: 1968 – 2004
18 million cars sold

8. Honda Accord

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Honda Accord, First generation

Original production country: Japan
Production years: 1976 – present
17.5 million cars sold

9. Ford Model T

Ford Model T
Source: Franjklogos / CC BY-SA 4.0

Original production country: USA
Production years: 1908 – 1927
16.5 million cars sold

10. Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen Passat B1 in green
Source: Sven Storbeck / CC BY-SA 3.0

Original production country: Germany
Production years: 1973 – present
15.5 million cars sold

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