Eclectic mix of best sellers
The most popular cars of all time include Yank tanks and the humble Beetle
1 TOYOTA COROLLA, 1966
36 million Corolla is Latin for little crown but it’s been huge. One sells every 40 seconds.
2 FORD F-SERIES, 1948
34 million Said to have given Ford half its profits for many years. The F-150 is the big seller but there are some super-size versions in the range as well.
3 VWGOLF, 1974
28 million Aussies love it; 15,000 sold here last year, the lion’s share of 38,000 localVW sales. But it’s a hit everywhere.
4 VWBEETLE, 1938-2003
21.6 million The wartime ‘‘ people’s car’’ first developed by Ferdinand Porsche. Germans called it Kafer (Beetle) and in 1967 it officially took the Beetle name of the English translation.
5 HONDACIVIC, 1972
20.37 million Was a cheap sub-compact that improved each generation. Honda’s racing background gave it respected sports variants. Now comfortably settled into mainstream maturity. 6 FORD ESCORT, 1968-2003
20 million This became the little car that could—
a small rear-wheel drive hero that won hearts, sales and rallies (especially in the allwheel-drive version).
7 HONDAACCORD, 1976
18.13 million Popular in the US, where it became the first Japanese car built there and racked up more than 10 million sales. But success has been a double-edged sword. Many blame the Accord— and the Civic— for blanding the brand.
8 FORD MODEL T, 1908-1927
16.54 million Henry Ford’s ground-breaking Tin Lizzie was the world’s first mass-produced car and began a revolution that would make the motor vehicle available to everyone. The famous ‘‘ any colour, as long as it’s black’’ slogan came about because that shade had a shorter drying time.
9 NISSAN/DATSUN PULSAR, 1966-2006
16.1 million It arrived here as the Datsun Pulsar in 1980, was built here and was also rebadged at one stage as the Holden Astra. Local sales plunged when Nissan dropped its winning Pulsar name for Tiida in 2003. It is now reportedly reconsidering.
10 VWPASSAT, 1973
15 million Shared the Audi Fox underpinnings until 2005, but outstripped it in sales. A staid premium car— and an unlikely target for viral web hits with its US Super Bowl Darth Vader ad.
Clockwise from top: The Model T Ford; Honda Civic; VWGolf; and Ford’s F-series Super Duty