The most popular cars across the world

Ford has dominated car sales in the UK since at least the 1970s, largely with cars built in British factories. But what about the rest of the world – do they cherish their domestic manufacturers as much as we do?

Generally, yes. As this selection demonstrates, countries tend to stick to what they know. These are some of the major car markets around the world, and the most popular vehicles by new sales.

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United Kingdom – Ford Fiesta

109,265 Fiestas were sold in the UK in 2012. This is nearly 20,000 more than its nearest competition, the Vauxhall Corsa. Ford’s Fiesta has topped the leader-board since 2009 (when it overtook the Focus for the first time in a decade), and has remained popular ever since. In March alone, Ford sold 22,748 Fiestas.


France – Peugeot 208

The Peugeot 208 is a well-regarded replacement for the not-so-well-regarded 207 (which still sold remarkably well in France and around Europe). Quirky adverts aside, this small and inexpensive car reflects the needs of the French domestic market well.


Germany – VW Golf

This sensible hatchback was the second car of choice for the British middle class a few years ago. It has been prominent in its class for decades now, losing out in European markets to competition from cheaper (but just as good) brands.


Spain – Seat Ibiza

Spain’s ailing economy has been badly affecting car sales. The Opel Corsa – known as a Vauxhall in this country – is the most popular car by news sales in Spain in March. It takes the title with just 3,216 sales. The VW Polo was in pole position in Spain the previous month, and in January low-cost manufacturer Dacia topped the lead tables.


Italy – Fiat Panda

The quaint little Fiat Panda has been a mainstay of European peasant life since it was first introduced in 1980. One of its defining features was that it was available in 4

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