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The vehicles making the list are mostly compact and midsized vehicles that are sold in multiple markets around the globe with minimal changes. In some instances, the vehicles listed below are marketed under different names like the Hyundai Elantra which is sold as the Avante in South Korea. The Wuling Sunshine, while not familiar to those in the US, is a small van produced by a joint venture with General Motors. It is used extensively throughout China for hauling people and cargo and sold close to 1 million units in 2011. Together, these models accounted for 9,418,000 units or about 13% of global light duty vehicle sales for 2011.

Sales of the Top 12 Vehicles Worldwide, 2011
Graphic showing sales of the top 12 vehicles worldwide in 2011. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

Top 12 Global Models Sold in 2011
Sales Ranking Model Global Sales
1 Toyota Corolla 1,020,000
2 Hyundai Elantra* 1,010,000
3 Wuling Sunshine** 943,000
4 Ford Focus 919,000
5 Kia Rio 815,000
6 Ford Fiesta 781,000
7 Volkswagen Jetta 745,000
8 Toyota Camry 726,000
9 Chevrolet Cruze 691,000
10 Volkswagen Golf 648,000
11 Volkswagen Passat 565,000
12 Honda Civic 555,000

* Known as the Avante in Korea.
** Sold in China as a General Motors joint venture.
Source: Forbes.com on msnbc.com "The worlds's most popular cars: Some new faces"

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