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Best selling cars around the world

What Car? Logo By What Car? team of What Car? | Slide 1 of 30: Indeed, it’s been number one every year since 2009. It’s spacious for its size and nippy around town, and a popular package. But though us Brits love it, it’s a different story overseas.

So it got us thinking – what are the best selling cars in other major car markets? And do those countries’ choices have anything to teach us? Join us on our journey of discovery…

Data is from Jato Dynamics for 2018 - we start with the biggest overall seller and list them in descending order:

USA: Ford F Series – 909,330 vehicles sold 

Ford’s F Series of pick-ups has been the best-selling vehicle in America for a remarkable 32 years. Even a controversial switch to a largely lighter aluminium construction in 2015 didn’t dent sales, and prices for the smallest model, the F-150, start at just the equivalent of £21,600 – a lot of truck for your money.

Would it work in the UK? Sadly not. Even the F-150 measures a full 5316mm in length, making parking tiresome. Moreover, a width of 2029mm will fall foul of most width restrictions.

Finally, this is a large, heavy vehicle and while fuel currently costs around just £0.65-per-litre in the US, it’s twice that here. Sorry. Ford won’t officially sell you a F-150, so your best bet for a pick-up in the UK is the 5184mm-long VW Amarok 3.0TDI 204 4Motion Trendline Auto (from £34,203).

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Many people know that the best-selling car in the UK is the Ford Fiesta.

Indeed, it’s been number one every year since 2009. It’s spacious for its size and nippy around town, and a popular package. But though us Brits love it, it’s a different story overseas.

So it got us thinking – what are the best selling cars in other major car markets? And do those countries’ choices have anything to teach us? Join us on our journey of discovery…

Data is from Jato Dynamics for 2018 - we start with the biggest overall seller and list them in descending order:

USA: Ford F Series – 909,330 vehicles sold

Ford’s F Series of pick-ups has been the best-selling vehicle in America for a remarkable 32 years. Even a controversial switch to a largely lighter aluminium construction in 2015 didn’t dent sales, and prices for the smallest model, the F-150, start at just the equivalent of £21,600 – a lot of truck for your money.

Would it work in the UK? Sadly not. Even the F-150 measures a full 5316mm in length, making parking tiresome. Moreover, a width of 2029mm will fall foul of most width restrictions.

Finally, this is a large, heavy vehicle and while fuel currently costs around just £0.65-per-litre in the US, it’s twice that here. Sorry. Ford won’t officially sell you a F-150, so your best bet for a pick-up in the UK is the 5184mm-long VW Amarok 3.0TDI 204 4Motion Trendline Auto (from £34,203).

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