It’s no surprise to see the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf ranked as the world’s best-selling cars in the first half of 2016, but what about the cars that are out of favour? Using data sourced from the Focus2Move Global Mobility Database, we can reveal the cars that have recorded the biggest fall in sales over the past six months. We’ll present the list in reverse order.
20. Hyundai Sonata: sales down 6.1%
Hyundai actually shifted over 190,000 Sonata models in the first half of 2016, but that’s still a drop of 6.1% compared with the same period last year. The Sonata is built in South Korea, the United States and China, but is no longer available in the UK.
=18. Fiat 500: sales down 8.3%
Is the world falling out of love with the Fiat 500? Although you would hardly call 111,914 sales in the first half of 2016 a disaster, it does see Fiat’s chic supermini falling from 76th to 89th position in the best-selling cars chart. Perhaps Fiat needs to launch a few more special editions, said nobody, ever.
18. Volkswagen Tiguan: sales down 8.3%
Volkswagen’s new Tiguan (pictured) can’t come soon enough. The previous model was on borrowed time and with buyers waiting for the all-new version, sales were sure to decline. That said, Volkswagen still managed to shift 233,242 units in the first six months of 2016.
17. Baojun 730: sales down 8.8%
It might sound like something you’d jump aboard to fly to the Costa del Sol, but the Baojun 730 is actually a seven-seat MPV built by a joint venture involving SAIC, General Motors and Wuling. The 730 features a 2+2+3 seating configuration and is said to be able to accommodate three adults on the back row. The suspension was tuned by Lotus. Fancy.
16. Hyundai Elantra: sales down 9.7%
The Hyundai Elantra dates back to 1990 and today it’s the fifth best-selling car in the world. A 9.7% fall in sales sees the Elantra drop from 402,526 units in the first half of 2015 to 363,490 in the same period in 2016. Big numbers.
15. Wuling Hong Guang: sales down 9.8%
Rumour has it, Wuling would have sold more Hong Guang units if potential buyers could remember how to pronounce it. In truth, the Hong Guang is probably the best-selling car you’ve never heard of, with 294,313 sales making it the 13th most popular car in the world.
14. BMW 3 Series: sales down 10.1%
Is this more evidence of the world’s obsession with crossovers and SUVs? The BMW 3 Series might be the best-selling premium compact saloon of all-time, but a 10.1% drop in sales sees it slip from 40th place in 2015 to 58th in 2016. Just over 147,000 sales results in the 3 Series being sandwiched by the Ford Edge and Kia Sorento.
13. Hyundai i20: sales down 10.3%
Another car on the slide is the Hyundai i20, despite the current version only arriving in 2014. Hyundai will be hoping the brand’s sponsorship of a certain football tournament will result in increased sales for supermini.
12. Honda City: sales down 10.4%
The Honda City is a proper world car. The compact saloon is built in Brazil, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. Based on that list, Honda might consider renaming the City as the Country.
11. Ford EcoSport: sales down 10.5%
Proof that the crossover tag doesn’t guarantee success. The lacklustre Ford EcoSport has seen sales fall by 10.5% in the first half of 2016, with 115,901 cars finding ‘loving’ homes. Production of European-spec EcoSport models is set to shift from India to Romania.
=9. Chevrolet Equinox: sales down 11.4%
Boasting a face only a mother could love, the Chevrolet Equinox is a Canadian-built compact SUV with a choice of two petrol engines. We’d opt for the 3.6-litre V6 unit, which offers a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds and the not-so-small matter of 301 hp. Who needs a pretty face when you’re packing that kind of punch?
=9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class: sales down 11.4%
In the first half of 2015, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the 30th most popular car in the world. In 2016, the C-Class has fallen to joint 43rd. In common with the BMW 3 Series, is this a sign that people are switching to crossovers? Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW have bolstered their range of crossovers and SUVs.
8. Toyota Camry: sales down 11.7%
Overall, the Toyota Camry is the eighth best-selling car in the world, but when you’re flying high, there’s further to fall. The same time last year, the Camry was sitting pretty in sixth position, but sales have dropped from 384,421 to 339,611 in the first half of 2016. According to Toyota, the Camry “demands respect at every corner.” No, we’re not sure what that means either.
7. Honda Fit: sales down 12.4%
You’ll know the Honda Fit as the Honda Jazz, the third generation of which was introduced in 2013. The Fit is another world car, assembled in the likes of Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Taiwan. Sales are on the decline, so perhaps Honda should think about introducing a Fit Type R. Then again…
6. Maruti Alto: sales down 14.5%
“The best moments are the moments of freedom. Now experience the improved engineering with stunning design of the new Alto 800, which gives you the freedom to go anywhere and anytime with your loved ones.” With ad copy like that, we’re surprised to see Alto sales falling by 14.5%.
5. Volkswagen Passat: sales down 15.6%
Look at this: yet another saloon car falling from grace. Overall, the Volkswagen Passat has slipped from 12th to 19th place in the list of best-selling cars, with a 15.6% drop in sales. Total sales for the first half of 2016: 258,927.
4. Ford Focus: sales down 16.4%
This is big news. Sales of the ever-popular Ford Focus have fallen from 439,584 in the first half of 2015 to 367,479 in the same period this year. That sound you’re hearing is the frantic shuffling of Ford bosses as they search for the panic button.
3. Kia Pride: sales down 18.4%
For Kia Pride read: Kia Rio in Europe. An 18.4% drop in sales has seen the Kia Pride slip to 97th place in the table. Perhaps Kia should think about re-introducing the whitewall tyres found on the first generation Pride, which was based on the Mazda 121/Ford Festiva.
2. Ford Fiesta: sales down 20.6%
The UK’s best-selling car has seen global sales fall by 20.6% in the first half of 2016. In terms of units, that’s a drop from 302,850 in 2015 to 240,447 in 2016. Don’t be too downhearted, Ford – the Fiesta ST remains the hot hatch of choice.
1. Chevrolet Cruze: sales down 21.4%
Cruisin’ for a bruisin’ will be the sales team responsible for shifting the Chevrolet Cruze. Half year sales of 287,767 in 2015 put the Cruze in 16th position overall, but a 21.4% drop has seen the Chevy drop to 25th.