Pakistan has the Suzuki Alto, India has the Maruti Suzuki Swift, China has the Nissan Sylphy and the US has the Ford F150. Every country has their favourite car. It can be a small hatchback, a mid-sized sedan, a big bulbous SUV or even an electric or hybrid. So, keeping up with the list we present you with 10 more countries and their best-selling cars. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Please note, at the time of drafting this article, some stats and figures may have changed so just a heads up!
Skoda Octavia – Czech Republic
The Skoda Octavia has dominated the Czech auto market closely followed by the Skoda Fabia. It’s no surprise that the Octavia stands as the best selling car in its home country. The Octavia is also a darling of a vehicle in India. Although it does not sell in high numbers in the Indian domestic market, there are enthusiasts around the country who adore and prize the Octavia, especially the vRS.
Renault Clio – France
The French love their Clio (and what’s not to love!). The Renault Clio has been ranking numéro un in the country for a long time, being followed closely by the Peugeot 208. We so wish that Renault should introduce the Clio in India. But, for the time being, Renault is keeping us Indians happy with the brilliant Kiger.
Volkswagen Golf – Germany
Leading the sales charts in Germany for the 45th year in the row is the Volkswagen Golf. Another car ranking top in its home country. The VW Golf is in its eighth generation currently. However, just like India, Germany is also witnessing the rampant rise of the SUV market which is reducing the space for other segments, but the Golf is still standing strong in the best selling car list.
Audi Q3 – Switzerland
The Swiss like their cars, like they love their cheese. The phenomenal Audi Q3 is the first choice of Switzerland ranking as the best selling cars in the Swiss automotive sales report. The Audi Q3 is also available in the domestic Indian market but is considered as a luxury premium vehicle and owning an Audi Q3 in India is no less than a status symbol.
Kia Niro – Netherlands
The Netherlands love the dinky little Kia Niro. The Kia Niro hatchback is the best selling cars in the Netherlands followed closely by the Volkswagen ID.3. Kia even bagged the best selling model of the year with its Niro hatchback. As of now, Kia has no plan to launch the Niro in India as it is focussing more on the compact and sub-compact SUV segment in India (the 2021 Kia Seltos & the 2021 Kia Sonet).
Ford Fiesta – United Kingdom
The Ford Fiesta bagged the #1 spot in UK’s best-selling cars in 2020. This is the 12th successive year that the Fiesta has outsold all other models in the country. Fun Fact! More than 49,000 Ford Fiesta were sold last year, with nearly 1.3 million sold to customers in Britain since 2009. India however, lost the Fiesta moniker way back when Ford started losing sales to its rivals.
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Fiat Panda – Italy
James May’s favourite (after the Dacia Sander, that is); the Fiat Panda ranks as the best-selling car model in Italy. Yes, the land of Ferraris and Lamborghinis love the dinky little Panda. The Fiat Panda is followed by the Lancia Ypsilon and the Toyota Yaris as the best selling cars in Italy.
Volvo V60 – Sweden
The Volvo S/V60 is ranked as the best-selling car model in Sweden. This comes as no surprise as Volvo is quintessentially Swedish. In fact, the top three positions in the best selling cars list are all dominated by Volvos; the V60, XC60 and the XC40. Here’s another fact; Volvo sold more than 65 thousand cars in the country in 2019 which is an increase of about 20 thousand. Thus, Volvo was the most sold car brand in Sweden.
Toyota Corolla – Finland
Yes, the tried and test, rugged and reliable Toyota Corolla is the first choice of the Finnish people. The Corolla sedan ranks as the best selling car in Finland followed closely by the Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Yaris. The Corolla is known globally as one of the most reliable cars. Us Indian too have the Corolla in the form of the Corolla Altis. However, the D-Segment sedan is dying a slow death due to the recent surge in popularity of the subcompact and compact SUV market. Don’t be surprised if you see a Toyota Corolla with more than 1,00,000kms on the do, that is just the run-in numbers.
Tesla Model 3 – Iceland
The only electric entrant on the list. The all-electric Tesla Model 3 ranks as the best selling car in Iceland. In fact, Tesla has already become the best-selling car brand in the country. Given that Iceland’s electricity generation is already almost 100% renewable, this makes EVs super clean and super cheap to run. India too will see Teslas riding down its streets very soon and Tesla supremos have confirmed the arrival of Tesla in India
So, these were 10 more countries and their best-selling cars. Join us next time, where we will explore the globe for more best selling cars.