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Still Number One: Corolla Turns 50

But its lead could be at risk.

by on Nov.07, 2016

The latest, 11th-generation Toyota Corolla remains the world's best-selling nameplate.

It is not just one of the longest-running nameplates in automotive history, but also the industry’s all-time best-seller. And as the Toyota Corolla celebrates its 50th anniversary, it remains the top-selling car on the planet.

But now in its eleventh generation, the question is whether Corolla will be able to maintain that momentum much longer in the face of growing competition. Perhaps the biggest challenge it faces, on a global basis, is soaring demand for utility vehicles at the expensive of sedans and other passenger car models.

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Corolla sales actually slipped 2.4% for the first nine months of this year. But the nameplate still held a substantial, 215,000 unit lead over its nearest competitor, the Volkswagen Golf, with little likelihood the compact Toyota will be toppled from its sales throne in the near-term.


Ford Focus Set to Topple Toyota Corolla as World’s Best-Seller

But don't count the Japanese small car out yet.

by on Aug.31, 2012

The Ford Focus could topple the current global best-seller, the Toyota Corolla, if it maintains its current sales pace.

The automotive global order could be in for a major shake-up.

Ford Motor Co. reports it sold 489,616 of its Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide during the first half of this year.  That’s 27,000 units, or about 5.5%, more than the perennial global sales leader the Toyota Corolla – and it could mark the first time in years that an American maker produced the world’s best-selling passenger car if that pace holds for the second half of 2012.

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Not that Toyota won’t try to cover that gap.  The giant maker has picked up plenty of momentum this year as it recovers from severe product shortages caused by the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  In July, Toyota’s U.S. sales surged 37%, about twice the overall pace of the rebounding American market.