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Toyota Corrolla becomes world's most popular car

Toyota Corolla becomes world's most popular car with one sold every 40 seconds

  • Global sales of 37.5million mean it replaces Ford's F-series truck as best selling vehicle of all time

By Daniel Miller

Last updated at 5:15 PM on 1st February 2012

It'll never stir the passions like a Ferrari and you won't see its picture adorning the bedroom wall of the average adolescent teenage boy.

But the venerable Toyota Corolla has overtaken Fords F-series truck to become the best selling vehicle of all time.

The ultra-reliable, if perhaps rather dull, Japanese runaround has clocked up global sales of around 37.5 million since it was first rolled out in 1966.

Record breaker: The humble Toyota Corolla has become the world's best selling car of all time

Record breaker: The humble Toyota Corolla has become the world's best selling car of all time

Original: A first generation Toyota Corolla from 1966. Over the past 40 years one has been sold every 40 seconds

Original: A first generation Toyota Corolla from 1966. Over the past 40 years one has been sold every 40 seconds

STREETS AHEAD: THE WORLD'S TOP TEN BEST SELLING CARS

  1. Toyota Corolla (1966 - present )
    Sales: 37.5 million
  2. Ford F-Series (1948 - present )
    Sales: 35 million
  3. Volkswagen  Golf (1974 - present )
    Sales: 27.5 million
  4. Volkswagen Beetle (1933 - 2003)
    Sales: 23.5 million
  5. Ford  Escort (1968 - 2000)
    Sales: 20 million
  6. Honda Civic (1972 - present )
    Sales: 18.5 million
  7. Honda Accord (1976 - present)
    Sales: 17.5 million
  8. Ford Model T (1908 - 1927)
    Sales: 16.5 million
  9. Volkswagen Passat (1973 - present)
    Sales: 15.5 million
  10. Chevy Impala (1958 - present)
    Sales: 14 million

With its winning recipe of value-for-money, thrifty gas mileage and a huge dealer network, a Corolla has been sold on average once every 40 seconds for the past 40 years.

Now into its tenth generation Corollas are  manufactured in Japan, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela.

However production in the US, based in  Fremont, California, ended in March 2010.

Sales of the car really took off during the 1970s oil crisis as its frugal four cylinder engine offered great mileage, a feature that continues to add to its popularity today.

It's success brings to an end an impressive 24 year run by Ford's F-series pick-up truck which,  with sales of over 35 million, now pulls over into second place.

In third place is the Volkswagen Golf having notched up sales of 27.5 million.

VW's Beetle comes in at fourth with 23.5 million sold and Ford's Escort which has sold 20 million, is in fifth.

Despite only being in eighth place over all in terms of total sales many experts still rate the Ford Model T as the most successful car ever.

Nearly 17 million cars were produced between 1908 and 1927 -  a period when car ownership was far less widespread than it is today.

Sporting pedigree: Corollas won Toyota the World Rally Championship's manufacturers title in 1999

Sporting pedigree: Corollas won Toyota the World Rally Championships Manufacturers Title in 1999

Like the Model T the Corolla succeeds because it is inexpensive to buy, inexpensive to operate, reliable and easy to repair.

Early Corollas were rear-wheel drive while later models were mostly front-wheel drive and some models were four-wheel drive.

The greatest: Boxer Muhammed Ali promotes the Corrolla at a press conference in London in 1980

The greatest: Boxer Muhammed Ali promotes the Corrolla at a press conference in London in 1980

Although always regarded as sensible rather than sporty the Corolla has had some racing pedigree.

In 1999 Toyota entered Corollas driven by Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol into the World Rally Championship subsequently winning the manufacturers title.

Despite concerns that the earthquake and Tsunami which hit Japan last year would seriously damage production, Toyota, which is Japan's largest vehicle manufacturer, has posted surprisingly upbeat sales predictions for next year.

The firm lifted its 2012 domestic sales forecast to 1.63 million vehicles, up 6.5 percent from its previous prediction and 36 percent higher than 2011, after the government last month decided to re-introduce subsidies for fuel-efficient cars.

It is expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of such green car incentives and subsidies thanks to its broad line-up of hybrid vehicles, including the Aqua, its cheapest and most fuel-efficient hybrid to date, launched late last month.

The company's forecast for 18 percent sales growth overseas was unchanged, bringing the global forecast to 8.58 million vehicles, up 21 percent on the previous year, excluding Daihatsu and Hino.

That would be a record for the company, whose sales slipped 6 percent to 7.1 million vehicles in 2011, hampered by the massive earthquake in northeast Japan and Thai flooding.

Earlier this week on a visit to the Washington Auto show President Barack Obama hailed the rebound of the U.S. car industry.

The 1948 Ford F-1 Pickup
Ford F-150 Platinum

A Ford F1 truck from 1948 (left) and a modern F-150 (right). The F series was the best selling vehicle for 28 years and remains the best selling truck of all time  

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mark II
VW Beetle

Volkswagen's Golf (left) and Beetle (Right) are in third and fourth place respectively

Obama sat inside shiny new plug-in electric hybrids and burly trucks declaring, 'The U.S. auto industry is back.'

As Mitt Romney surged ahead in Florida's GOP primary, Obama emphasised his administration's rescue of General Motors and Chrysler from the brink of collapse rival.

The President told reporters it was 'good to remember the fact that there were some folks who were willing to let this industry die. Because of folks coming together we are now back at a place where we can compete with any car company in the world.'

Who's that coming up behind me? President Barack Obama tests a Chevrelot Silverado during a visit to the DC Auto Show at the Convention Center in Washington yesterday

THESE DAYS, THE BEST way to purchase a new car might be to skip the dealership and head online.

While the advantages might not seem obvious at first, auto experts agree that shoppers can save time and money by going online. Perhaps more important, the entire process is a lot more pleasant: No more wrestling with tough sales teams.

You can purchase new and used cars online. People who've purchased new/used models say it's remarkably easy. Our Internet sales department, These people make their commissions based on volume rather than price. They understand the importance of offering a fair price to move the sales process along quickly.

Those looking to purchase a new car online typically field multiple offers at a time a detail not lost on our dealership. We know that if we want your business, Lance Cunningham Ford must offer you a competitive price.

In addition to the sales price, you can work out all the smaller details online as well, including aftermarket products ( extended warranties) and financing.
We have the best salespeople in the business, and we look forward to serving you!!

Lance Cunningham Ford- http://www.lcford.com Call 1-888-719-3506

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Who's that coming up behind me? President Barack Obama tests a Chevrelot Silverado during a visit to the DC Auto Show at the Convention Center in Washington yesterday


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