Every industry goes through the good times and the bad times. The automobile industry is no different and because it’s been around for such a long time it’s seen its fair share of both. At the moment you could say it’s one of the bad times because we just don’t have the money to spend on cars like we used to. There’s probably not going to be any records broken any time soon, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular cars of all time and we can reminisce about what used to be.
1. Toyota Corolla (Japan) 32 million units
The Corolla remains the world’s most popular car and it’s been manufactured in 16 different countries. They sell so much that one is sold every minute. By the time you’ve got to the bottom of the page there will be a few more proud owners. It reached great heights by being known as a stylish car that’s also very reliable.
2. Ford F-Series (USA) 30 million units
This is the only truck you’ll find on the list, but sitting at number two it’s done alright. The most popular model in the F-Series has been the F-150. It was the number one vehicle sold in the US for 23 years and the best-selling truck for 31 years. That’s a huge accomplishment and people even say this single vehicle was responsible for over half of Ford’s profits.
3. VW Golf (Germany) 25 million units
This was initially sold as the ‘Rabbit’ in the US market, but ultimately it doesn’t matter what the car was called because it was so good it’s stood the test of time. It’s also still going strong today all around the world. It may have something to do with that German above-average engineering at a very affordable price.
4. Volkswagen Beetle (Germany) 23 million units
Nobody can look at the distinct shape of the VW Beetle without knowing exactly what it is. It’s possibly the most well-known car that’s ever been invented. What many people don’t know about the Beetle is that Hitler and his Third Reich had a hand in bringing it to market as the ‘People’s Car.’ After the war it gained popularity because of a very creative marketing campaign and the rest is history.
5. Ford Escort (UK) 20 million units
This was first produced by the company’s UK division and the Brits definitely took a shine to it. During the 1960s it become the best-selling car in the whole country and sales in other foreign markets weren’t doing too badly either. It was also sold in the US for a number of years when Ford sensed that Japanese models were taking over the market, but production stopped in 2002.
6. Honda Civic (Japan) 17 million units
The Civic has always been known as a symbol of the ‘economy’ car and to this day it still sells well. For the amount of car you get the price is very cheap. When you add on things like comfort and fuel efficiency you can see why people love it. It actually became the best-selling car in the US during 2008 when gas prices started going through the roof and people stayed away from trucks.
7. Ford Model T (USA) 16 million units
You’ll have to drive a long way to see this on the road these days, but during the early part of the 20th century this car was more popular than anything else. To say the car was influential is an understatement. Because of the success of the car there was a big demand for paved roads that connected all of the country together. The Ford Model T put America on wheels.
Betty Johnson is a car enthusiast and keeps track of all car related information. She says that with the technological advancement new car models will have more technology added to them.