The best-selling cars around the world

The best-selling cars around the world

The best-selling cars around the worldThe Ford Fiesta has been the best-selling car in the UK for what seems like an eternity, but what about the cars doing the business in other countries? Thanks to data sourced from the Best Selling Car Blog, let us take you on a whistle-stop tour of the world as we discover the most popular cars of November 2016.

USA: Ford F-Series (72,089 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

Few things in life are guaranteed, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the Ford F-Series will remain at the top of the US sales chart. Registrations are up 11% compared to November 2015, with the car in second spot – the Chevrolet Silverado – shifting a ‘mere’ 45,280 units.

China: Haval H6 (70,292 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

For the first time in Chinese history, more than one million SUVs are sold in a single month, reports the Best Selling Cars Blog. Meanwhile, saloons are down 0.1% and MPVs are down 19%, as China mirrors the trends seen across the world. The Haval H6 is quick to take advantage, overtaking the Wuling Hongguang to claim top spot. Registrations are up 74% compared to November 2015.

India: Maruti Suzuki Alto (23,320 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

Maruti Suzuki dominates the sales charts in India, with no fewer than seven models found in the top ten. Sitting pretty at the top with 23,320 registrations is the Maruti Suzuki Alto, while the more familiar Swift, Baleno and Celerio also appear near the top.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf (17,841 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

The Volkswagen Golf remains the meister in Deutschland, but registrations are down 16% compared to the same period in 2015. Overall, Volkswagen’s year-to-date registrations have shrunk by 3%, but it does manage to fill 40% of the top ten. Creeping into the top ten, with registrations up 29%, is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Japan: Nissan Note (15,784 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

In Japan, the charts are split into two groups: standard cars and kei cars. Overall, the Nissan Note is the best-seller, thanks largely to the launch of the new e-Power variant. Registrations are up a huge 144%, seeing it rise from 30th to 1st, toppling the Toyota Prius in the process.

Brazil: Chevrolet Onix (15,700 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

For the second consecutive year, the Chevrolet Onix is set to cement its position as the most popular car in Brazil. Meanwhile, the Jeep Compass – still fresh from its global debut in Brazil – jumps from 75th to 23rd position. Does this point to wider success for the Brazilian-built SUV?

Italy: Fiat Panda (13,197 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

The Fiat Panda remains numero uno in Italy, but the star performer is its larger sibling – the Fiat Tipo. Registrations are up 3,276%, seeing the Tipo jump from 14th to 4th in November. The estate version is now the best-selling car in its segment, ahead of the Audi A4, Volkswagen Passat and Peugeot 308.

Canada: Ford F-Series (11,273 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

As the Best Selling Car Blog points out, pick-ups are the dominant force in Canada, with the Ford F-Series, Ram Pick-up and GMC Sierra up 37%, 16% and 20% respectively. In common with the US, the F-Series is by far and away the leading vehicle, with 135,422 registrations in 2016.

France: Renault Clio (10,163 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

As you’d expect, the top ten in France is dominated by French cars, with the Renault Clio sitting pretty at the summit. Meanwhile, the new Megane slots in at number six with 4,793 registrations, while the new 3008 makes its debut with 4,476 units, enough to earn it a seventh place slot.

South Korea: Kia Morning (9,256 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

If the Kia Morning looks familiar, it’s because you’ll know it as the Kia Picanto. It’s the first time the city car has topped the South Korean charts since November 2014.

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We pick some of the best looking Japanese cars ever

01_best_looking_japanese_cars“Choose 40 of the best looking Japanese cars,” they said. Talk about a poisoned chalice. This is a highly subjective opinion, so you might not agree with our choices.

But if nothing else, these cars prove that Japan has given the world some truly beautiful vehicles.

Toyota 2000GT


It might be a tad obvious to begin with the Toyota 2000GT, but few cars are as beautiful and beguiling as the ‘Japanese E-Type’. Had circumstances been different, the Yamaha-built 2000GT may have worn a Nissan badge, but by the time the alluring prototype had been unveiled at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, its future as a Toyota had been secured. The Corolla might be Japan’s most successful export, but the 2000GT is its most beautiful.

Mazda RX-7 FD


In his book Mazda MX-5: The Complete Story, Antony Ingram claims the third generation Mazda RX-7 was “one of a handful of Japanese sports cars that shocked the West out of its complacency towards Far-Eastern cars”. The FD wasn’t so much designed, but poured from a bottle. It’s just a shame that so many have been ‘tastefully modified’.

Toyota Celica A20


If the 2000GT was the ‘Japanese E-Type’, the first generation Celica was the ‘Japanese Mustang’. But while the 2000GT was designed to be a low-volume sports car, the original Celica was aimed at delivering affordability and practicality to a wider audience. Many Celicas followed, but none could match the purity of the original.

Datsun 240Z


“The difference between the Datsun 240Z and your everyday three-and-a-half thousand dollar sports car is that about twice as much thinking went into the Datsun. It shows. For the money, the 240Z is an almost brilliant car.” A quote from Car and Driver, June 1970, in which the journalist claimed the 240Z had the potential to give the Opel GT, MGB and Porsche 914 bloody noses. He was right: the 240Z outsold all European sports cars in the US.

Nissan Skyline GT-R PGC10


Even the most diehard of Skyline fans might be forced to admit some of the cars are more brutal than beautiful, but there’s something wonderfully pure and innocent about the PGC10. This represents the very genesis of Skyline GT-R, and as such it deserves a place in the Japanese automotive hall of fame.

Lexus LFA


The first Lexus LFA rolled off the production line in December 2010, a full decade after development had started. Two years later, number 500 was built, by which time the LFA had cemented its place at the top table of the supercar elite. None other than Jeremy Clarkson ranks it as the best car of all time.

Nissan 300ZX Z32


Lamborghini liked the look of the Nissan 300ZX Z32 so much, it borrowed the headlights for its ageing Diablo. The 90s 300ZX managed to blend beauty with brute force and, in Twin Turbo guise, was able to rub shoulders with cars wearing Corvette and Porsche badges.

Honda NSX


The new Honda NSX might be many things, but styling-wise it can’t hold a candle to the original. As enthusiasts, we’d prefer the pre-facelift version (because pop-up headlights), but the timeless styling of the NSX will always appeal.

Mazda Cosmo 110S


The Mazda Cosmo 110S was as striking as it was innovative, being the world’s first mass-produced car to be powered by a twin-rotor rotary engine. Its styling is more ‘Jetsons’ with a hint of Italian seasoning than it is Japanese, but that doesn’t preclude it from a list of the best looking cars ever to emerge from Japan.

Toyota MR2 W10


The Toyota MR2 will go down in history as Japan’s first mass production mid-engined car, but it also happened to be a very fine sports car. The ‘Midship Runabout 2’ was launched in 1984, although development work had begun in the mid 1970s.

Subaru XT


The Subaru XT looked like it had been thrust straight out of a Famicom video game, with its distinctive wedge-like styling giving it a remarkable drag coefficient of 0.29. It was also a technical tour de force, with the turbocharged versions featuring an 80s-tastic digital dashboard. A sales success it wasn’t, but the styling is so of its time.

Datsun Cherry E10


Proof that you don’t need deep pockets to put something distinctive on your driveway, the Datsun Cherry looked effortlessly cool. This was the first front-wheel drive Datsun and it carved a niche in the soon-to-be burgeoning supermini sector. For maximum style points, opt for the slightly oddball 120A Coupe (not pictured).

Honda CR-X


While the European carmakers were engaged in a race to deliver the definitive hot hatch, Honda played a different card. The CR-X was little more than a shortened Civic, but the pert coupe offered fun by the bucket-load. It also helped that it looked a million dollars.

Isuzu Piazza


The Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Asso di Fiori was unveiled at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show and would go on to become the Isuzu Piazza of 1980. “It is a concentrate of technology and innovative solutions that will be adopted all over the world: a technology that creates a school,” says ItalDesign Giugiaro.

Mazda MX-5


With a face that looks like it has driven straight out of the 2006 Disney Pixar movie Cars, the Mazda MX-5 was always destined for greatness. Of course, the original MX-5 predates the movie by 17 years and it would go on to become the definitive junior sports car.

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