New automotive gross sales fluctuated across the globe in 2018, with some nations having fun with a growth whereas others weathered stormy situations. This has made for some intriguing winners within the prime 30 biggest-selling markets, in addition to a number of established leaders consolidating their foothold on the highest step of the sale podium. Utilizing knowledge offered by Jato Dynamics, listed here are the bestselling fashions in every of the highest 30-ranked nations.
We begin with the most important total vendor and checklist them in descending order:
USA: Ford F Sequence – 9,09,330 autos bought
It’s no shock the Ford F Sequence is available in at primary, topping the gross sales chart of the second-biggest new automotive market on the earth. It accounted for 9,09,330 of Ford’s complete of two.5 million new mild car gross sales in 2018, placing the F Sequence comfortably forward of the Chevrolet Silverado that noticed 5,83,227 new gross sales in the identical yr.
It additionally helps that the F Sequence is obtainable in a wide range of physique types and trim choices, starting from the entry level XL two-door, proper up the luxurious Restricted, as pictured. There’s additionally the excessive efficiency Raptor with 456hp and 691 of torque.
China: Nissan Sylphy – four,81,216 autos bought
China is the most important new automotive market on the earth, dwarfing USA’s 17.2 million new registrations in 2018, with 23.25 million vehicles bought. Even so, the Nissan Sylphy’s penetration into the Chinese language market will not be fairly too deep-seated because the Ford F Sequence’ within the US. That didn’t cease the Sylphy notching up four,81,216 gross sales in China to make it the biggest-selling mannequin there.
The Sylphy is restricted to gross sales in China and a small handful of different Far Jap nations, which holds it again from competing for world dominance with the likes of the F Sequence or Toyota Corolla.
Japan: Honda N-box – 2,41,870 autos bought
For the second consecutive yr, annual new automotive gross sales in Japan broke by way of the 5 million car barrier. The Nissan Notice might declare to be the bestselling automotive of 2018 on this style-conscious market, however the biggest-selling car was the Honda N-Field Kei automotive.
The Notice scored a really wholesome 1,36,324 gross sales for Nissan, however the N-Field smashed that with its 2,41,870 unit gross sales. It was helped alongside by the Japanese market being comparatively flat, so consumers erred extra in the direction of essentially the most reasonably priced vehicles that also supplied a breath of freshness.
India: Maruti Suzuki Alto – 2,34,471 autos bought
Whereas the Maruti Suzuki Alto’s foremost market is India, although it’s bought in lots of different markets too. It appeals to Indian consumers for its value and a pair of,34,471 of them discovered keen houses in 2018. As India is the fifth-largest new automotive market on the earth, the Alto is large information because it accounts for one in each 14 new vehicles bought right here.
Maruti Suzuki affords the Alto with a 796cc petrol engine, however there’s additionally a compressed pure fuel (CNG) gas choice that offers it a broader enchantment. Together with the 9 different vehicles within the Maruti Suzuki vary in India, the corporate accounted for a cool 53 % of the nation’s complete new automotive gross sales in 2018.
Brazil: Chevrolet Onix – 2,10,451 autos bought
Brazil might have suffered some political upheavals in 2018, nevertheless it stays the sixth-biggest new automotive market on the earth and the chief there’s the Chevrolet Onix. It could not document numbers as massive as these above it on this top-30 checklist, however the Onix makes up one in each 12 vehicles bought in Brazil.
That form of domination of a single market is why the Onix makes it to fifth total on this checklist, although it doesn’t even make it into the highest 100 world sellers. It reveals how one mannequin can come to prominence if a rustic takes it to their hearts and wallets.
Germany: Volkswagen Golf – 1,72,434 autos bought
A bit like telling an Eskimo that it’s chilly outdoors, you don’t really want to elucidate that the Volkswagen Golf is the primary vendor in Germany. It has been for many of its five-decade manufacturing span and 2018 noticed it rack up 1,72,434 new registrations out of three.four million new vehicles bought. Gross sales have been down in 2017, nonetheless, dropping nearly 17,000 yr on yr.
The Golf makes up 5 % of all new vehicles bought in Germany and the next three locations in new automotive gross sales comprise of the Tiguan, Polo and Passat. Which means these fashions mixed account for one in eight new vehicles registered in Germany in 2018. A brand new era of the Golf ought to arrive within the subsequent yr or so.
France: Renault Clio – 1,51,434 autos bought
The fourth era of Renault Clio could also be coming in the direction of the top of its time on the brand new automotive tariffs, however the French present no indicators of dropping it from their affections. The supermini discovered 1,51,434 keen new houses in 2018, seeing off the Peugeot 208 by greater than 20,000 and the Citroen C3 by a whopping 50,000.
Not solely did the gracefully getting old Clio beat its rivals within the gross sales charts, it managed to extend its gross sales from 2017 by a wholesome 5 %. Its rivals additionally noticed an upturn in gross sales, however maybe extra worrying for the Clio is that Renault-offshoot Dacia was the one non-French model to interrupt into the Gallic prime 10 sellers with not one, however two fashions within the type of the Sandero and Duster. A brand new era of the Clio has simply been unveiled on the 2019 Geneva motor present; it'll be on sale later this yr.
Thailand: Toyota Hilux – 1,49,336 autos bought
The Thai new automotive market boomed in 2018 and was up 19.2 % on the earlier yr, so the Toyota Hilux has loved a substantial bounce. Its gross sales on this nation have been boosted to 1,49,336, which suggests it enjoys a 15 % slice of the general gross sales of 1 million vehicles.
Toyota’s total gross sales in Thailand have been up by a 3rd to present it a 31.four % market share, which suggests the Hilux accounts for nearly half of the corporate’s automotive gross sales right here. It’s straightforward to see why given the growing wealth of its inhabitants however the poor roads infrastructure.
Canada: Ford F Sequence – 1,45,694 autos bought
Prefer it’s solely land neighbour over within the USA, Canada loves its large pick-ups and none extra so than the Ford F Sequence. The F Sequence recorded 1,45,694 new gross sales in a market that totals two million and this was regardless of a 6.5 % drop, total, in comparison with 2017.
Simply because the F Sequence shrugs off tough terrain, it did so to powerful buying and selling situations to place it comfortably forward of the Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. The fifth bestseller was the Honda Civic. It helps the the F Sequence is produced domestically at Ford’s Oakville plant in Ontario.
Italy: Fiat Panda – 1,30,206 autos bought
Like a number of European nations, the Italians stay fairly partisan in terms of their favorite vehicles, so the Fiat Panda continues to prime the gross sales chart right here. Despite the fact that the general market in Italy contracted by three.1 % in 2018, in comparison with 2017, the aging-but-cheap Panda nonetheless accounted for one in each 15 vehicles bought.
Fiat additionally managed to remain on prime of the producers’ pile, with 5.9 % of the full market, though this was down by 20 % on 2017’s figures. It underlines the significance of the Panda to Fiat in Italy, the place it made up 40 % of the corporate’s home gross sales.
South Korea: Hyundai Grandeur – 1,13,101 autos bought
Hyundai stays the most important participant in South Korea by a big margin, although alliance companion Kia is narrowing the 5 % lead Hyundai has over it. Even so, Hyundai nonetheless lays declare to the bestselling automotive within the nation, with its Grandeur massive sedan.
The South Korean market, as an entire, elevated by 1.three % in 2018, helped by a discount in car tax from 5 % to three.5 %. The Grandeur was additionally bolstered by a brand new mannequin arriving in 2018 to feed the urge for food of South Korean drivers for brand spanking new fashions.
Russia: Lada Vesta – 1,08,363 autos bought
New automotive gross sales boomed in Russia in 2018 and the market was up 12.eight % in comparison with 2017. Lada remained the most well-liked model total and its Vesta simply took the primary spot with a 17.5 % share of recent registrations all to itself.
The Vesta has occupied the highest spot ever because it was launched in 2015, helped alongside by the selection of four-door sedan and property fashions, in addition to the pseudo off-road Cross variations and a compressed pure fuel model; this final makes use of a gas that’s considerable and low-cost in Russia, additional strengthening its maintain on the highest step of the sale podium.
United Kingdom: Ford Fiesta – 95,996 autos bought
New automotive gross sales have been down 7 % within the UK in 2018, however there was little change within the total bestsellers. Ford stays the lead-selling model with a 10.7 % share of recent car registrations and the Fiesta was its hottest mannequin, accounting for 95,996 gross sales. Which means the most recent Blue Oval supermini launched in 2017 made up 37.eight % of the agency’s UK quantity.
In its phase, the Fiesta comfortably beat off PSA’s Vauxhall Corsa and even managed to displace the Corsa from prime place in Scotland for less than the second time in 11 years. The one different superminis that made it within the UK’s prime 10 greatest sellers have been the Volkswagen Polo and Mini, although even their mixed gross sales couldn’t beat the Fiesta’s.
Mexico: Nissan Versa – 91,320 autos bought
The Nissan Versa is a sub-compact sedan that’s bought in North and South America, largely on its worth proposition. In different phrases, it’s low-cost and that explains why it’s primary in Mexico the place the market had shrunk by a big 7.1 % in 2018. That didn’t cease the Versa from taking 6.four % of the full market right here.
This share determine contributes a big chunk to Nissan’s total place as the most important automotive firm in Mexico, taking 22 % of gross sales in 2018. With out the Versa’s dominant place, Nissan would tie with Normal Motors, which takes a 16.6 % slice of Mexican new automotive gross sales.
Indonesia: Toyota Avanza – 82,167 autos bought
The Indonesian new automotive market has undergone speedy growth in 2018, seeing progress of 6.7 % to 1.15 million gross sales. Toyota’s Avanza SUV retained its primary place for the 13th consecutive yr, nevertheless it was a close-run factor in opposition to the surge of gross sales for the Mitsubishi Xpander.
Whereas Toyota will probably be happy to retain that primary slot, it additionally has to reconcile that the Avanza is enduring a fifth yr of slowing gross sales. In 2018, its market share was right down to 7.1 %, whereas it as soon as made up one in 5 new automotive gross sales in Indonesia. Toyota can also be the most important model on this nation, making up 30.four % of gross sales, however just like the Avanza, it’s slipping and dropped three.eight % in 2018 in comparison with the earlier yr.
Malaysia: Perodua Axia – 78,425 autos bought
Perodua dominates its dwelling market and infrequently accounts for greater than half of all new automotive gross sales in Malaysia on a month-to-month foundation. For 2018, its total market share was 43 % and the Axia’s 78,425 gross sales made up 14.2 % of all Malaysian new automotive registrations.
This form of dominance is helped by the Axia being Malaysia’s most reasonably priced automotive, however not even the nation’s different home producer comes shut, because the Proton sits in fourth total with a 10 % share of the pie. Honda and Toyota occupy the second and third spots, however each suffered lowered gross sales in 2018, whereas Mazda greater than doubled its share to three %.
Australia: Toyota Hilux – 51,705 autos bought
Whereas others needed to endure powerful occasions in 2018, the Toyota Hilux went from energy to energy in Australia. Not solely did it document a 3rd straight yr on the prime of recent automotive gross sales, it did it with a 9.eight % increase in gross sales, the place its rivals all suffered dropping numbers. By the top of the yr, the Hilux was liable for four.5 % of the complete market.
This helped Toyota to be the primary Aussie model, whereas excessive drought situations additionally inspired extra consumers to decide on the Hilux for its go-anywhere means and reliability in harsh terrain.
Algeria: Dacia Logan – 46,270 autos bought
Algeria might not be a rustic that instantly springs to thoughts as a big market, nevertheless it options right here as a result of Dacia dominates this nation’s new automotive gross sales. In 2017, it was the Sandero that racked up the most important quantity, however for 2018 the mantle handed to the Logan.
With gross sales of 46,270 Logans in 2018, this mannequin alone gave Dacia a 33.four % market share in Algeria from a complete of 1,27,300 registrations. Add within the different Dacia fashions bought and the Romanian agency occupies two thirds of gross sales. That is largely on account of the price of importing vehicles into Algeria and Dacia producing fashions domestically at its Oued Tlélat manufacturing facility.
Turkey: Fiat Egea – 36,649 autos bought
It’s three years on the trot for the Fiat Egea as Turkey’s bestselling automotive, even when the nation’s new automotive market fell by a whopping 35.1 % in 2018, in comparison with 2017. Steeply rising inflation and rates of interest hit new automotive registrations and the Egea noticed a 23 % drop in comparison with the earlier yr, nevertheless it was nonetheless sufficient to maintain it forward of the Renaults Megane and Clio in second and third, respectively.
Fiat’s larger fear is the surge in recognition of the Honda Civic, which jumped from 16th in 2017 to fourth on the finish of 2018. It’s the one automotive within the Turkish prime 20 to get pleasure from a lift in gross sales slightly than minimising its losses over rivals.
Spain: Seat Leon – 34,764 autos bought
The Spanish are nothing if not loyal to their home-grown carmaker and the Seat Leon sits on the prime of the sale pile for the fifth yr in a row. It managed this regardless of solely taking the month-to-month prime step of the rostrum thrice, but consistency throughout the entire yr is what issues and underpins the Leon’s efficiency.
The Leon did take a small 1.2 % hit on total gross sales in Spain in 2018, however the producer’s gross sales have been up 13.6 %, due to new fashions such because the Arona and Tarraco SUVs. Alongside the Leon, the Ibiza took a strong second place in 2018 Spanish gross sales.
Taiwan: Toyota Corolla – 28,184 autos bought
The Toyota Corolla often is the most heard automotive identify on the earth, nevertheless it hardly ever tops gross sales charts. As an alternative, it tends to quietly rack up regular gross sales, however in Taiwan it’s the primary selection and has been for the previous 15 years.
2018 proved a more durable yr for the Corolla in Taiwan than earlier ones, with gross sales happening 30 % in comparison with 2017’s. That meant the Corolla noticed a drop in total Taiwanese market share from 9 % in 2017 to six.four % final yr. Nevertheless, Toyota retains its lead in opposition to different manufacturers by holding on to nearly 1 / 4 (23.7 %) of all new automotive registrations.
Vietnam: Toyota Vios – 27,188 autos bought
The Toyota Vios is a small automotive that’s large information in Vietnam, the place it recorded its fifth successive yr because the primary vendor in 2018. With new vehicles gross sales up on this nation by 5.1 % in 2018, the Vios made essentially the most of this to push up its registrations by 22 % over 2017’s, serving to Toyota to a 23 % slice of the full market.
Each Vios bought in Vietnam comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a selection of 5-speed handbook or constantly variable transmission (CVT). All are available a four-door sedan physique that's the most well-liked form in Vietnam.
Czech Republic: Skoda Octavia – 25,834 autos bought
The Skoda Octavia stays the favorite automotive of Czech consumers and 2018 noticed it take one in each 10 new gross sales. This was regardless of the mannequin dropping by four.5 % and the general market falling again by three.7 %, largely on account of vehicles being off-sale because of the transition to WLTP rules. But, it didn’t dent Skoda’s overarching dominance, notching up a 32.2 % share for its vehicles to account for one in three new vehicles bought within the Czech Republic.
To stress Skoda’s place as the most well-liked automotive makers in its dwelling nation, its fashions take up six out of the highest seven positions within the 2018 new automotive rankings. Solely the Hyundai i30 prevents a clear sweep right here with its fourth place within the gross sales chart.
Romania: Dacia Logan – 24,955 autos bought
Few vehicles can declare such a successful streak because the Dacia Logan enjoys in its dwelling nation. 2018 is the 14th consecutive yr it’s occupied the highest spot within the gross sales rankings and simply as impressively it’s by no means as soon as relinquished that place for a single month since its launch in 2004.
This form of spectacular efficiency has helped Dacia to a 28.2 % share of the full Romanian market in 2018. It places the agency solidly forward of its nearest rivals in second and third spots, with Skoda registering eight.5 % of all new automotive registrations in 2018 and Renault claiming eight.1 %.
Sweden: Volvo S/V90 – 24,346 autos bought
In a yr of two halves, the Swedes have once more propelled a special mannequin to the primary step of the brand new automotive gross sales podium. That is the fourth yr in a row the place a brand new automotive has taken this mantle and for 2018 it fell to the Volvo S/V90 vary and it’s a 6.9 % market share.
That’s a formidable slice for an govt automotive and that is all of the extra noteworthy because the Swedish new automotive market took a extreme 31.1 % drop in its second-half, in comparison with the primary. It appears just like the S/V90 is settling into this place, which seemed to be the rightful place of the earlier V70 that was Sweden’s bestseller for 19 years, up till 2015.
Portugal: Renault Clio – 15,076 autos bought
Not like a number of European new automotive markets, the Portuguese one ended up on the earlier yr and it reported elevated gross sales of two.eight %. The highest vendor was the Renault Clio and it went even additional with a gross sales increase of 6.7 % to promote 15,076 vehicles in 2018.
The Clio’s recognition helped the French maker to stay the most important single model in Portugal, taking 13.7 % of registrations in 2018. This put it forward of its nearest rivals Peugeot, Mercedes and Nissan, and the Clio cruised into its sixth consecutive yr because the nation’s favorite automotive.
Netherlands: Volkswagen Polo – 14,757 autos bought
New automotive gross sales are up within the Netherlands and the arrival of a brand new Volkswagen Polo rode this crest to file a 68.5 % rise in gross sales in comparison with 2017. The Polo ended the yr with 14,757 gross sales and helped VW to be the bestselling model with a 11.three % share of recent registrations.
Nevertheless, VW won’t be able to relaxation on these laurels as the brand new electrical Jaguar I-Tempo stunned everybody with its wonderful 13.1 % share of the brand new market in December 2018. Different EVs have additionally fared properly within the Netherlands, the place Tesla witnessed a 161.7 % rise in gross sales to change into the second hottest luxurious model after Jaguar.
Norway: Nissan Leaf – 12,303 autos bought
Norway is a number one mild in terms of electrical autos and the Nissan Leaf was the nation’s bestselling automotive in 2018. It achieved 12,303 gross sales, serving to Nissan to change into the third-biggest model behind Volkswagen and Toyota who, in contrast, suffered appreciable losses within the 2018 Norwegian chart.
As extra Norwegians select an EV, these battery-powered vehicles accounted for 60.2 % of all new automotive gross sales within the nation in 2018. This has additionally been stimulated by the federal government there promising to finish the sale of all new fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2025.
Chile: Mitsubishi L200 – 11,312 autos bought
The rugged terrain of Chile and its massive agricultural sector goes a protracted solution to explaining why the Mitsubishi L200 is the most important vendor on this South American nation. It accounts for one in each 40 mild autos bought there and gross sales are up, even when market share is down barely for the L200 because the Chilean market expanded by some 15.6 % in 2018, in comparison with the earlier yr.
Mitsubishi comfortably beats the Toyota Hilux, which suffered a four.1 % drop in gross sales in 2018.
Hungary: Suzuki Vitara – 11,123 autos bought
The Hungarian new automotive market is hovering, with a 17.5 % rise in 2018, which helped the Suzuki Vitara to its third yr in a row on the highest step of the rostrum. Its gross sales have been up by 26.6 %, outperforming the market, and it was the primary mannequin to exceed 10,000 gross sales in a single yr because the Suzuki Swift again in 2007.
With 11,123 gross sales in 2018, the Vitara loved an eight.1 % share of the full new automotive market by itself and noticed Suzuki take a number one 14.1 % slice of complete Hungarian registrations. The Vitara is doubtlessly helped by Suzuki making vehicles domestically in its Esztergom plant.