Toyota Corolla is world’s best-selling car in H1 2016 ahead of Volkswagen Golf and Ford F-Series with Hyundai Tuscon making the biggest leap
Despite the emission cheating scandal, it was surprised to see Volkswagen regaining the top spot from Toyota in the global sales chart between January and June 2016 but as for an individual model the Japanese brand’s Corolla sedan still rules the roster. Focus2Move consolidated over 2,700 models across the globe in 140 countries and came up with the survey results.
The Corolla sedan has been retailed for a combined number of 6,34,298 units in the first half of the year which is just 1.2 percent down compared to the same period last year. Lying second behind the Corolla is the Golf which recorded 1.8 percent increase in sales. Despite the surge in sales percent, Volkswagen Golf’s figures of 5,00,630 examples suggest it has a long way to go for catching up with the leading Corolla as the difference stands at nearly 1,34,000.
Among the top three, the biggest sales leap came courtesy of the Ford F-Series full-size pickup truck as it registered 12.6 percent growth in sales compared to similar time period in 2015. The Blue Oval managed to make 4,78,394 deliveries of the F-Series and is at just over 22,000 mark behind the VW Golf. The American manufacturer has slotted in fourth as well due to the 3,67,479 sold examples of the Focus despite encountering 16.4 percent drop.
It is closely followed by the Hyundai Elantra with 3,63,490 units of sales. Sixth was VW Polo ahead of Toyota RAV4, Toyota Camry and Honda CR-V rounded out the top 10. Two places behind Hyundai i20, the Maruti Suzuki Alto came in at 76, a drop of 24 places, with 1,27,712 sales. Three positions further back was Honda City while Ford EcoSport languishes at 87.
The latest generation Hyundai Tucson premium SUV, about to be launched in India soon, is the biggest mainstream mover in the global sales list as it jumped 949 positions to 16th with 2,85,060 units with a phenomenal leap of 202.4 percent compared to 94,276 units in the opening six months of last year. The next biggest climber is an unlikely SUV you would have never heard before. The GAC Trumpchi GS4 sold in China witnessed a leap of 809.4 percent while the Chevrolet Cruze’s popularity slumped by over 21 percent.