Toyota Corolla Now the Best Selling Vehicle of All Time

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

The Toyota Corolla has long been the best-selling car of all time, but now it holds an even more impressive title: the world’s best selling vehicle.

That may sound the same at first, but the “vehicle” list includes trucks, of which Ford has been selling plenty since it first introduced the F-Series line of trucks in 1948. Back in 2007 the Corolla surpassed the VW Beetle to become the world’s best selling car, and has since quietly moved ahead of the Ford truck line, with sales figures totaling 37.5 million. That’s 2.5 million ahead of the F-Series, an indication that the little Toyota has been in the lead for quite some time.

As for the Beetle, it’s slipped to fourth at 23.5 million units, being surpassed by its sibling, the Golf with 27.5 million units sold. In fifth place is the out-of-production Ford Escort, with 20 million units sold.

[Source: 247Wallst]

See below for a full list of the world’s best selling vehicles:

1. Toyota Corolla (1966-current), 37.5 million

2. Ford, F-150 Series Pick-up (1948-current), 35 million

3. Volkswagen Golf (1974-current), 27.5 million

4. Volkswagen Beetle (1933-current), 23.5 million

5. Ford Escort (1968-2000), 20 million

6. Honda Civic (1972–current), 18.5 million

7. Honda Accord (1976–current), 17.5 million

8. Ford Model T (1908–1927), 16.5 million

9. Volkswagen Passat (1973-current), 15.5 million

10. Chevy Impala (1958–current), 14 million

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Ljoleary Ljoleary on Jan 14, 2013

    Its also the best made car of all time!!!!!

  • CorollaNut CorollaNut on Mar 11, 2013

    The first car I ever bought was a much used 1968 First Generation Corolla with 180, 000 miles on it. I paid $300 for it. I figured I would drive it until I found something better...25 years and 736,204.7 miles later and I still haven't found anything better. Oh, yeah...I've bought newer, more expensive cars, and motorcycles...brand spankin new motorcycles...and they have all failed me, or stranded ever trusty Corolla...1968 technology, with actual wires and cables and nuts, bolts and screws, carburetor, points, manual choke...not a plastic snap together part on the entire car...has always gotten me home...and still gets 45 mpg doing it! BTW...the local authorities informed me some years ago that ...with a modified head for 10-1 compression, two 2-1 headers and true dual exhaust, 13 inch wheels and disc brakes from a 72 model and still decent suspension (had to put in traction bars and better bolts or the rear end would twist out of the leafs)...that I had achieved 131mph and asked would I please quit and pay them some money. I have since returned her to her original specs as much as possible.