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    World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    Success in car industry is measured only through results of sale, although in the last decade this criterion started to lose value as well. Increased competition and lowered profitability resulted in continuous losses per sold car recorded by the leading car makers. It was caused by multiple reasons – from expensive labor and costs of restructuring to manufacturing deficiencies caused by trying to present the whole range of new cars as soon as possible, which inevitably led to many withdrawals and expensive corrections of the cars. Still, some cars gained the buyers’ trust all around the world. Different generations of cars such as Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf or Honda Civic became more and more popular and sold in higher quantities.

    5. Ford Model T

    With 16,500,000 sold cars, T model is the second best selling car in the world, but also much more than that. This is the first car manufactured by the so called assembly line manufacturing, which simplified the car making, and more importantly, made it cheaper and started more massive production. The famous line of the founder Henry Ford refers to T model: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black” since, due to express production, no other color could dry as fast as black.


    Henry Ford: ‘Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.'


    4. Volkswagen Beetle


    Volkswagen Beetle – By far the best selling car in the world with the same body for almost 60 years

    Volkswagen’s Beetle is the best selling car in history. Legend has it that Adolf Hitler himself drew its legendary shape on a paper towel. During almost 60 years, the incredible 21,529,464 Beetles were produced, which is particularly significant when taking into account the fact that during 60 years the Beetle had the same car body, with some mechanical changes. The original form of the Beetle was produced until 2003, when the last car left the Volkswagen factory in Mexico.

    3. Volkswagen Golf


    Although ultra popular in Europe, Volkswagen’s Golf is lower ranked on the most important market, the North American one

    Third ranked is second of two Volkswagens - Golf, which gained in popularity on a global scale through five generations, and to the present more than 24 million cars have been sold. The latest Volkswagen generation will once more try to win the American market, and its advantage is the fact that the American buyers are more and more oriented towards buying more cost-effective cars. Golf has been produced since 1974, and its sports GTI version recently celebrated its 30th birthday.

    2. Ford - F series


    Believe it or not, every year the F Ford model is sold more than any other car

    It is almost unbelievable that the second ranked in total sale is a pick-up vehicle. Even more impressive information is that this vehicle reached such a score only on North American territory. However, the most surprising is the fact that Ford’s F series is at present the best selling car in the world. Every year Ford sells almost a million cars, that is almost one vehicle every 30 seconds. So far, 25 million vehicles of the F series were sold.

    1. Toyota Corolla


    Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in automotive history

    The making of Corolla started in 1966 when Japanese manufacturer decided to present a small compact car which integrates quality, style and cost-effectiveness of more prestigious models. During 40 years Corolla had as many as nine generations, and in 1997 it was the best selling car of all time. To the present day more than 35 million vehicles were sold and we can expect it to stay on the top in the future.

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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    Cavalier, nope Cobalt...

    Grand Am, nope G6...

    Celebrity, no Lumina, no Impala...

    Not that making this list is the sine qua non of automotive success, but with frequent name changes, will GM have a car in this running? There's something to be said about developing a reasonable name and constantly improving the product so that huge amounts of equity are built into that product. The Corolla aint sexy, but it apparently has huge brand recognition. 35 million is an impressive number!

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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    But there wont be any Corolla for euroupe

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    I would have listed the Dodge Caravan in there somewhere, maybe in place of the Golf. Sorry VW, I love ya but the Caravan changed the face of public transportation in North America.

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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    The value of Brand "model" recognition, I mean the current Corolla, is no where near the original.

    On a world scale, the numbers make sense, but how many "world" Model T's where there? How many "World" F Series?

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    I stopped "Liking" the Golf when they changed it's name from the Rabbit. Silly I know...but that old Rabbit was...a fast little box and fun to drive.
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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    Quote Originally Posted by doh
    On a world scale, the numbers make sense, but how many "world" Model T's where there? How many "World" F Series?
    Model T's? A LOT. Ford had plants in England, in France, in Germany, even sent some to Russia. Of course Canada...

    World F series? Very few. A couple of exports but overall very low sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doh
    The value of Brand "model" recognition, I mean the current Corolla, is no where near the original.

    On a world scale, the numbers make sense, but how many "world" Model T's where there? How many "World" F Series?
    Thats what makes their numbers and ranking impressive. They are mostly sold only in North America

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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    no Camry???
    F*** your green movement!!

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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    Suburban is the longest model name.
    Ford Mustang?
    Jeep Wrangler?
    Model T yes
    VW Bug yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by FordMan
    4. Volkswagen Beetle


    Legend has it that Adolf Hitler himself drew its legendary shape on a paper towel.
    well that's just complete bull****, porsche made the vw beetle as requested by hitler, and the clear similarities in design theme between the original beetle and the porsche cars of the time, it was indeed a porsche design and not something that jackass drew on some dirty toilet paper.

    interesting read though, thanks for posting
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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    Quote Originally Posted by camaroman22
    well that's just complete bull****, porsche made the vw beetle as requested by hitler, and the clear similarities in design theme between the original beetle and the porsche cars of the time, it was indeed a porsche design and not something that jackass drew on some dirty toilet paper.

    interesting read though, thanks for posting
    The main thing is both Hitler and the Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche liked the Czechoslovakian Tatras very much. And the Beetle looks a LOT like a pre-war Tatra (designed by Hans Ledwinka), and the engineering is similar. Especially the "small" typ 97:


    So much that Tatra sued VW and won a settlement in the 50's. Lots of German officers in WWII liked the larger Tatras because they were fast V8 rear engine luxury cars and they were in effect stealing them to run around in, but they kept losing control and killing themselves so much that the Nazis banned the use of Tatras

    It's very likely Hitler just drew a shape on a napkin and told Porsche to "do like that". The Beetle prototypes Porsche drew up all bore huge similarities to the Tatra. The final ~1948 production cars were changed a bit to look different.

    The similarities to "Porsches of the time". Well at the time the Beetle was developed, Porsche wasn't a car company. After the war, Ferdinand's son (remember Ferdinand was in a French prison until 1951 and then died soon after) grabbed a bunch of Beetle parts and threw together what became the 356. Since the Third Reich and all that had basically dissolved, Volkswagen didn't really exist as a company nor did they really "own" the design of the car, so Porsche was free to copy as much as they wanted, and of course they had the original blueprints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suburbanfoo
    no Camry???
    Camry's main market is the US

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    Quote Originally Posted by samkung
    But there wont be any Corolla for euroupe
    I know the hatch was renamed Auris, but isnt the Sedan (which would retain the Corolla nameplate) still gonna be in Europe?
    How much Koolaid have you drunk today?
    IS it enough for the win? Or should we wait till next year?

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    Re: World's Top 5 Most Successful Cars Ever

    Quote Originally Posted by samkung
    But there wont be any Corolla for euroupe
    Theres the ugly-as-sin sedan version.

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