U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
Fact #711: January 23, 2012
Top Vehicles around the Globe, 2011
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
Top 12 Global Models Sold in 2011
* 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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