With the launch of the new Toyota Corolla this week as the world's biggest-selling car to date, we thought we'd list the five best-selling cars of all time.
With 39 million units sold, the Toyota Corolla, known as Auris in Europe, has moved ahead of the previous bestseller, Ford's F-Series truck. It has been Toyota's best since 1966, when the first rear-wheel-drive model was launched.
With 36 million sales since 1948, the F-Series truck, which has been the best-selling full-sized pickup in America for over 30 years, has distanced itself from all other trucks, none of which even manages to get into the top-10 sellers.
Now on 27 million units sold, the Golf moved ahead of the Beetle in the mid-90s. Unlike the Beetle, Ford Escort and Corolla, it has stuck with the same front-drive format since rolling off the production line in 1974.
Given a second lease of life as the Golf-based transverse front-drive New Beetle in 1998, the model has now sold 24 million units since it was launched as the air-cooled rear-drive "people's car" back in 1933. A new New Beetle arrives here in January.
Despite having been replaced by the Focus in the late 90s, Ford's Escort gets into the top five on the strength of 20 million sales since its 1967 launch. It started as a rear-drive model and eventually moved into a transverse front format in the early 80s.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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