World Best Selling Compact Cars in 2015. The top 50

World Best Selling Compact Cars

World Best Selling Compact Cars in 2015 dominated by the Toyota Corolla that’s running to a new all-time record sales for a single model. The Volkswagen Golf overtook Ford Focus. The new Ford Escort landed in 18th place.

Best Selling Compact Cars

A compact car (North America), or small family car in British acceptation, is a classification of cars that are larger than a subcompact car but smaller than a mid-size car, equating roughly to the C-segment in Europe.

Current compact car size, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the US and for international models respectively, is approximately 4,100 mm (161 in) and 4,450 mm (175 in) long for hatchback, or 4,400 mm (173 in) and 4,750 mm (187 in) long for convertibles, sedans (saloon) or station wagons (estate car).

Multi-purpose vehicles and sport utility vehicles based on small family cars (often called compact MPVs and compact SUVs) have similar sizes, ranging from 4,200 mm (165 in) to 4,500 mm (177 in) in the U.S., and from 4,400 mm (173 in) to 4,700 mm (185 in) in international-based models.

In Japan, any vehicle that is over 3.4 m (11.2 ft) long, 1.48 m (4.9 ft) wide, 2 m (6.6 ft) high and with an engine over 660 cc (40 cu in) but is under 4.7 m (15.4 ft) long, 1.7 m (5.6 ft) wide, 2 m (6.6 ft) high and with engines at or under 2,000 cc (120 cu in) is considered a compact vehicle. The dimension standards are absolute, meaning special consideration is not made for SUVs, CUVs, minivans, station wagons or hatchback.”

Thanks to the powerful F2M mobility database expanded, day after day, collecting sales of over 2.400 different models in all countries in the World, we can provide any kind of segmentation including this one.

On demand, we are able to extract similar data for any segment in any country or regional area. In the table below we report the ranking of the World best-selling compact cars in the first eleven month of the 2015.

The best-selling model in the segment was the Toyota Corolla with 1.3 million sales, new record for a single model in a single year. The Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in absolute.

Celebrating the 40th year of life with the new record volume, first time over the 1 million sales in a single year, the Volkswagen Golf arrived second with 1.024.000 units, fully benefit from the last generation launch growing 7.2, overtaking the Ford Focus, third with 804.842 sales (-19.7%).

Fourth was the Hyundai Elantra with 758.832 sales (-9.0%) ahead of the Volkswagen Jetta, leader in the sedan sub-segment with 563.868 sales (-8.8%), the Chevrolet Cruze with 562.485 units (-15.7%), the Honda Civic with 548.144 (-8.2%) the Mazda3 with 448.804 (+14.9%), the Skoda Octavia with 424.882 (+7.9%) and in 10th place the Audi A3 with 349.901 (+19.9%).

The new Ford Escort, on sales just in China landed in 18th place with 214.364 sales.

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank 2015Rank 2014ModelSales 2015Sale 20142015 VarShare 2015Share 2014
11Toyota Corolla1.271.3831.198.4986,1%7,7%7,1%
23Volkswagen Golf1.024.583956.1497,2%6,2%5,7%
32Ford Focus804.9421.002.342-19,7%4,9%5,9%
44Hyundai Elantra758.832834.055-9,0%4,6%4,9%
56Volkswagen Jetta563.868617.954-8,8%3,4%3,7%
65Chevrolet Cruze562.495667.401-15,7%3,4%3,9%
77Honda Civic548.144596.824-8,2%3,3%3,5%
98Skoda Octavia424.882393.6717,9%2,6%2,3%
1014Audi A3349.901291.92319,9%2,1%1,7%
1115Nissan Sentra308.621284.3958,5%1,9%1,7%
1217Honda City286.179266.5687,4%1,7%1,6%
1310Toyota Prius280.536350.182-19,9%1,7%2,1%
1411Volkswagen Sagitar279.887300.082-6,7%1,7%1,8%
1516Hyundai Accent263.340276.458-4,7%1,6%1,6%
1612Hyundai Verna257.939295.164-12,6%1,6%1,7%
1720Peugeot 308249.819201.12724,2%1,5%1,2%
18184Ford Escort214.3643.7105678,0%1,3%0,0%
1924Geely EC7207.753166.95824,4%1,3%1,0%
2019Volkswagen Bora204.467225.767-9,4%1,2%1,3%
2118Kia K3203.277228.344-11,0%1,2%1,4%
2221Opel Astra200.632188.9356,2%1,2%1,1%
2334Chrysler 200191.838131.09846,3%1,2%0,8%
2429ChangAn Eado183.627155.18618,3%1,1%0,9%
2522BMW 1 Series180.359188.033-4,1%1,1%1,1%
2613Buick Excelle176.242293.098-39,9%1,1%1,7%
2730Subaru Impreza170.778154.17210,8%1,0%0,9%
2828Seat Leon161.578155.5843,9%1,0%0,9%
2923Mercedes A Class156.096169.271-7,8%0,9%1,0%
3033Toyota Auris150.790147.5852,2%0,9%0,9%
3138BYD F3145.165113.47027,9%0,9%0,7%
3235Nissan Sunny143.250127.52712,3%0,9%0,8%
3327Renault Mégane142.177161.311-11,9%0,9%1,0%
3432Hyundai i30137.206150.778-9,0%0,8%0,9%
3594BMW 2 Series130.75526.518393,1%0,8%0,2%
3625Lada Granta129.012166.193-22,4%0,8%1,0%
3762Zotye T600126.12264.38395,9%0,8%0,4%
3871Toyota Levin125.69949.112155,9%0,8%0,3%
3983Geely Vision121.96933.758261,3%0,7%0,2%
4031Citroen C-Elysée118.061150.915-21,8%0,7%0,9%
4137Hyundai Solaris116.446114.6801,5%0,7%0,7%
4226Nissan Tiida112.256162.749-31,0%0,7%1,0%
4340Kia Cee’d102.983113.181-9,0%0,6%0,7%
4436Citroen C4102.914121.469-15,3%0,6%0,7%
4546HYUNDAI AVANTE100.42293.8957,0%0,6%0,6%
4639Peugeot 30199.590113.183-12,0%0,6%0,7%
4744Peugeot 308/308S97.27694.4663,0%0,6%0,6%
4852Kia Forte96.80686.28912,2%0,6%0,5%
4947Dodge Dart91.17092.676-1,6%0,6%0,5%
5043Kia Cerato83.25899.671-16,5%0,5%0,6%