World Best Selling Small Cars. The top in the 2018


World Best Selling Small Cars in the 2018 has been dominated by the Volkswagen Polo reinforced by the launch of the last generation and now distributed in Latin America as well. In second place the Toyota Yaris, ahead of the Renault Clio.

Global Sales

We classify as “Small Cars” the vehicles with a length between 3.50 and 4.10 mm. In North America this segment is called sub-compact car (according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a passenger car not exceeding 165 inches (4,191 mm) in length, but larger than a microcar) while in Europe the segment equates roughly B-segment.

While traditionally the segment was composed by vehicles hatchback or sedan, in recent evolution new models have been produced within the 4.10 mm with a MPV (Multi Purpose vehicles) shape and even with a SUV look. While we are able to sub-segment the market both by size and by body, for the scope of this report, we include in “Small Cars” segment just sedan and hatch models, considering we have a report dedicated to SUVs and MPVs.

In the 2018, the “Small Cars” segment fell 1.2% globally at 10.1 million vehicles sold.

2018 vs 2017
2018 vs 2014
Segment B9.968.16910.193.88910.076.385100,00%-1,2%-8,8%

Global Small Cars sales by Brand

The 2018 global leader within the Small cars segment was Toyota with 1.08 million units sold (-3.3%), ahead of the Volkswagen with 941.381 (+8.8%) and Renault with 812.226 (-9.3%).

In fourth place Honda with 792.288 sales (+6%), followed by Chevrolet up 3.5% with 689.269 and Maruti with 531.846 (+20.7%).

Rank 2018Rank 2017ModelSales 2018Sales 2017'+/- 2018

Global Small Cars sales by Manufacturer

Renault Nissan Alliance was the global leader in the Small Cars segment with 1.63 million sales in 2018 (-3.5%), ahead of Volkswagen Group with 1.36 million (+3.5%) and Toyota Group 1.09 million (-3%).

In fourth place P.S.A. with 933.896 units sold (-7.2%), followed by General Motors 893.648 (-4.4%) and Suzuki gaining volume – up 15.9% – with 807.501.

Rank 2018Rank 2017GroupSales 2016Sales 2017Sales 2018'+/- 2018
11Renault Nissan Alliance15675111.689.7541.630.057-3,5%
22Volkswagen Group13269191.313.7341.359.5693,5%
33Toyota Group10619371.123.8851.089.689-3,0%
55General Motors794965935.135893.648-4,4%
77Honda Motor717312,64747.589792.2896,0%
99Ford Group539315467.039431.317-7,6%

Best Selling Models

On top of the best selling ranking there was again the last three years leader, the Volkswagen Polo with 718.893 sales (+10.4%) with a huge gap over all the followers. Produced since the 1975, in over 12 million units so far. In September 2017 the 6th generation was released for sales in almost all countries in the World.

In second place, the Toyota Yaris with 411.473 units (+8.1%) overtaking the Renault Clio, with 386.001 (-1.8%) and the Ford Fiesta with 376.340 units (-3.4%).

In fifth place the Honda Fit with 296.516 sales (-2.7%) followed by the Peugeot 208 with 287.369 (-6.5%).

In seventh place the Kia Rio with 266.144 (-4.1%) followed by the Maruti Dzire with 264.612 (+17.6%), the Hyundai i20 with 257.985 sales (-5.4%) and in 10th place the Chevrolet Onix with 250.971 (+8.6%).

Data Source

This report is done utilizing data extracted from our GAD (Global Auto Database) the wider Auto Sales Database actually existing in the World, with sales data by region/area/country broken down by type/size/body-style/brand/model from January 2010 to the last month. Data are collected by over 300 sources, including all the official providers (local Minister of Transportations or Associations of car Manufacturers).


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Rank 2018Rank 2017ModelSales 2018Sales 2017'+/- 2018
11Volkswagen Polo718.893651.36810,4%
24Toyota Yaris411.474380.5138,1%
32Renault Clio386.001393.014-1,8%
43Ford Fiesta376.340389.443-3,4%
56Honda Fit296.516304.712-2,7%
65Peugeot 208287.369307.302-6,5%
77Kia Rio266.144277.500-4,1%
815Maruti Dzire264.612225.04317,6%
98Hyundai i20257.985272.779-5,4%
1013Chevrolet Onix250.971231.0128,6%
1110Citroen C3
1218Honda N-Box
1314Dacia Sandero
149Opel Corsa
1521Maruti Swift
1619Skoda Fabia
1723Chevrolet Sail
1812Renault Sandero
2016Toyota Vios
2125Suzuki Swift
2222Saipa Tiba/200-Series
2311Saipa Pride/ 100-Series
2417Baojun 310
2526Seat Ibiza
2624Volkswagen Gol
2727Honda Jazz
2929Nissan March
3028Nissan Micra
3131Hyundai HB20
3232Chevrolet Prisma
3340Tata Tiago
3438Chevrolet Aveo
3530Peugeot 206 sedan
3635Renault Logan
3736Toyota Vitz
3872Fiat Argo
3957Nissan Leaf
4034Audi A1
4137Suzuki Ignis
4239Toyota Etios
4375Honda Amaze
4442Renault Symbol
4543Mitsubishi Mirage
4646Dacia Logan
4761Toyota Yaris sedan
4850Toyota Yaris L
4941Peugeot 206
5045Lancia Ypsilon
5155Mazda Demio
5249Toyota Passo
53223Volkswagen Virtus
5458Smart Forfour
5560Honda Brio Satya
5656Maruti Ignis
5748Mini Cooper
5852Volkswagen Voyage
5963Toyota Yaris L Sedan
6088JMC E200
6170Renault Zoe
6274Daewoo Nexia
6359Ford Figo
6467Toyota Vios FS
6547Fiat Punto
6692Toyota Yaris Ativ
6768Hyundai HB20S
6844Chevrolet Sonic
6951Renault Tondar Stepway
7080MG 3
7162Toyota Etios Hatch
7286Mitsubishi Attrage
7373Mini Clubman
7476Chevrolet Bolt
7571DS 3
7666Fiat Siena
7784Suzuki Cultus
7865Proton Saga
7981Lada Kalina
8069Toyota Etios Sedan
8182Mini Hatch
8253Kia K2
8390Datsun Go
8483Datsun on-DO
8577Ford Aspire
8664Chery Fulwin 2
8789Proton Iriz
8893Toyota Etios Liva
89101Mitsubishi Mirage G4
9085Honda Brio
9191Datsun GO+
9279Tata Zest
9395Dacia Logan 1,5 Dci
9454Fiat Palio
9599Renault Clio 1.5 TDCi
96105Daihatsu Boon
97112Haima Aishang (M11) EV
9897Alfa Romeo MiTo
99102Dacia Sandero 1,5 Dci
100223Cowin E3