Have you ever heard of the Wuling Sunshine?
Neither had I. The Sunshine is a minivan built and sold in China by Wuling Motors, which is actually a partner with General Motors. According to the automaker’s website, the Sunshine boasts a “user-friendly handling mechanism,” a “reliable braking system” and “comfortable interior decorations.” I’m sure the rest of the car is top-notch as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m left wondering where to sign! That bit about the reliable braking system sold me, because that’s just not something we see enough of these days.
Sarcasm aside, you might find yourself wondering why I’ve spent the first hundred words or so of this blog talking about such an obscure vehicle. Certainly it’s not the best selling car in the world, right?
Of course not. The Sunshine is, however, the fourth best selling car in the world. Almost 770,000 Sunshine minivans were sold in 2012, which puts it above cars from Toyota, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Ford and Honda. Please pause for a collective, “Wow!”
The best selling car in the entire world is the Ford Focus, with over 1 million cars sold across the globe. The (distant) number two is the once-perennial winner, the Toyota Corolla.
Interestingly, the Sunshine and the Focus have something in common: China. If not for the Chinese market, neither car would be on this list. About 300,000 Focuses were sold in China last year, which was enough to push it into first place. Ford also took the third place spot with its F-Series pickup, which sold more than 785,000 trucks. That’s an impressive number, considering Ford sells the F-Series only in North America, while the Focus is on sale in more than 100 countries.
Here’s the list of the top 10 best selling cars in the world:
1. Ford Focus, 1,020,410
2. Toyota Corolla, 872,774
3. Ford F-Series, 785,630
4. Wuling Sunshine, 768,870
5. Toyota Camry, 729,793
6. Ford Fiesta, 723,130
7. VW Golf, 699,148
8. Chevrolet Cruze, 661,325
9. Honda Civic, 651,159
10. Honda CR-V, 624,982
Do you think we’ll see the day when a car built in China becomes the best selling car in the world?