5 best selling cars of all time that are still in production:
5. Volkswagen Passat 1973-present, 23 million sold
Passat has been able to record the most selling model for Volkswagen, with over 23 million units so worldwide. It was launched in 1973; however it wasn’t until Ferdinand Piech, who moved from Audi to VW in 1993, got his hands on the fourth-gen Passat that sales begin to soar.
This version of the Passat was lavishly engineered and had Audi underpinnings and refinement (it was based on the A4). As a result Volkswagen was seen as being more ‘upmarket’ and desirable, which helped drive sales of the car – as too did its pretty decent price.
4. Honda Civic 1972-present, 24 million sold
Honda was actually considering pulling out of car production altogether to concentrate on its more popular motorcycle manufacturing but then, in 1972, the Civic launched and was such a hit that Honda changed its mind.
The car has been in production ever since and entered its tenth generation in 2016. Fun fact: the Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car for 19 straight years, 1997-2016.
3. Volkswagen Golf 1974-present, 33 million sold
The Golf arrived on European roads in 1974 and American highways in 1975, although it was badged the Rabbit there.
Today, over 33-million units have been sold. This works out at 2,120 Golfs being produced and sold every day for four decades. The Golf is so popular because it is really good to drive, offers good value for money and has proven to be very reliable over the decades.
2. Ford F-Series 1948-present, 40 million sold
The Ford F-Series of trucks is unstoppable! The F-Series has been the best selling truck in America for 40 consecutive years and America’s best selling vehicle overall for the past 35 years. (Truck yeah!).
It was first introduced in 1948 and has gone on to sell 40 million units. In the 21st century, Ford sells a pickup for every single minute of the day. The first F-Series pickup trucks were easy to fix, gained a reputation for being reliable workhorses and quickly became essential farm equipment.
1. Toyota Corolla 1966-present, 44.1 million sold
Since the launch of the first-generation Corolla in 1966, more than 44 million Corollas have been sold globally. By 1974 the Corolla was already the best selling car in the world.
One of the reasons it sells so well is that it is sold in over 150 countries and regions.
In 2015, the Corolla set another record, becoming the first new vehicle ever to sell more than 1.3 million units worldwide in a calendar year. The love of the Corolla doesn’t seem to be waning either as it is the best selling car so far this year with 297,471 already sold.