Top 5 Selling Cars in the World in 2012

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When it comes to selling the most cars in the world, Toyota dominates. In 2012, both the Corolla and Camry were among the top five best-selling cars, with the Corolla taking the top spot. However, Ford didn’t let Toyota win easily. The Focus came in a close second to the fan favorite and is likely to take the top spot in coming years if the Corolla doesn’t add some competitive features to its dependable and affordable staple.

5 Chevrolet Cruze – 784,104 Sold

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Chevrolet’s Cruze rounds out the list at number five. The model enjoyed sales of 784,104 worldwide in 2012. This compact car is affordable yet offers good fuel economy, spacious cabin and modern feel. Bluetooth capability along with audio controls and a USB mount on the steering wheel come in many of the standard models. It’s a great car for a new teen driver, a young adult heading off to college or a retiree looking for a no-fuss option.

4 Toyota Camry – 797,466 Sold

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Toyota once again dominates the competition. The fourth best-selling car in the world for 2012 was the Toyota Camry, with 797,466 total international sales. The Camry has consistently been one of the best cars in its class for more than 20 years. Like the Corolla, you won’t be hard-pressed to find Camrys on the road, both old and new. This model is consistent and dependable. Its roomy interior, good fuel economy, smooth ride and affordable price are just a few of the things that make the Camry a popular choice for many drivers.

3 Hyundai Elantra – 829,192 Sold

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Rising up the ranks is the Hyundai Elantra which comes in at number three. With total international sales of 829,192, the Elantra was a popular model in 2012. The Elantra was especially popular in the U.S., Middle East and South Korean markets. Hyundai’s healthy Elantra sales are likely due in part to the 2012 model’s elegant new body style and upscale amenities, all for an affordable price and with fuel economy any driver can appreciate.

2 Ford Focus – 1,036,683 Sold

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Giving the Corolla a run for its money is second place winner Ford Focus. Buoyed by large sales from the Chinese market, Ford sold a total of 1,036,683 worldwide. The came in a variety of body styles, such as the sedan, hatchback and station wagon. Ford disputes its number-two status, arguing the Focus is the best-selling car of 2012. However, Toyota counters by stating Ford is mistaken; Corolla was sold with several different body styles and under several different names worldwide, unlike the Focus, which means its total sale number is greater than the one Ford is relying on.

1 Toyota Corolla – 1,097,032 Sold

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In 2012, the bestselling car in the world was the Toyota Corolla, with international sales totaling 1,097,032. This is likely not a surprise to many people, especially those who own or have driven a Corolla. In fact, if you look around your neighborhood on any given day, you’ll probably see an abundance of Corollas, both old and new, traveling the streets alongside you. You can’t have that much representation and not be a quality car with lasting power.

Stephanie is editor and publisher of the progressive blog The Sauda Voice and author of the forthcoming novel "Losing Faith." When not writing or exposing her silly side for all to see, she routinely works as a policy analyst and legal consultant. You can follow Stephanie @SaudaVoice and @StephanieWatts.

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