Toyota sold 1.22 million Corollas in 2013

toyota corollaThe Toyota Corolla is the best selling car of all time and it seems that will not change anytime soon.  Toyota announced that global sales for the Toyota Corolla hit a record 1.22 million units in 2013.  The data was taken Toyota's internal data based on individual vehicle sales and reports from distributors of the Corolla from all around the world.

For Toyota and their best selling car, the Corolla, this represents a 5 percent increase from 2012.  As we all know the Corolla’s popularity is strong among people in 150 countries and regions all over the globe and is hard to beat since the car is so damn reliable, sturdy, and easy to fix.  In Afghanistan “Corollas are Forever” with almost 90% of the  cars on the roads being used Corollas from other countries.

“The Corolla stands as the international face of Toyota and touches millions of people across the globe every day,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager.  “Being the world’s best-selling car speaks volumes about the satisfaction and loyalty our customers feel about the Corolla and Toyota.”  Of course is that Corolla and Toyota loyalty or just the fact there is no other car as good as a Toyota Corolla?

Thanks to the recent Corolla redesign, which includes better design cues and elements along with improved fuel economy, the Corolla’s worldwide sales since its introduction since 1966 are over 40.72 million units as of February 2014.  This makes the Toyota Corolla the best-selling car of all time.  Outselling the VW Golf, Ford Mustang, and and VW Beetle.  (The Honda Super Cub is the best selling motorized vehicle of all time.  Honda has sold over 60+ million of these motorcycles all over the world.)

Based on Toyota’s analysis new vehicle registration data the Corolla has retain the title as the best selling car for 2013.  Global Toyota Corolla registrations were 1,098,524 million, which is a whole lot of Corollas.

This figure includes  all models and variations of the Corolla which includes the Corolla Axio, Corolla Altis and Corolla EX 4-door sedans.  The subscripts “Axio” “Altis” and “EX” denote trim levels of the 4-door Corolla sedan sold in various global regions, including Japan.  Also included are the Corolla-badged Fielder and Rumion 5-door wagons.

In the US alone the new Toyota Corolla sold more than 300,000 units in 2013, a 4 percent increase over 2012.  Toyota stresses that in 2013, 97 percent of all Corollas sold in the U.S. were built in North America.  So the world's best selling car is made in America too.

Toyota Corollas are Forever

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That's right, Toyota Corollas are forever people!  That's the amazing thing about the world's best selling car of all time, they just keep going and going and won't die.

I ran across an old Washington Post article from 2010 that says that in Afghanistan most of the old Toyota Corollas from around the world and shipped there.  They can have over 200,000+ miles on them and be over 20 years old, but still go sell for 4 grand.  The expectation is you will get over 10 years of use out of a Corolla that is 20+ years old. (I have even seen 20 year old Corollas going around Baltimore!)

According to the article roughly 90% of the cars on Afghanistan roads are Corollas.  I doubt that has changed in the 3 years since the article was written.  Even if they are not cool or interesting cars, that is obviously not something you care about in a war-torn country.  Other automotive brands did used to be around in Afghanistan like Chevy, Mercedes Benz, and  Russian Volgas.  The durability and reliability of the Corolla can't be beat honestly.

What's funny is the massive importing of Corollas started with the Taliban apparently

From 1996 to 2001, when the Taliban was in power, it continued to import Corollas and earned revenue by smuggling them into Pakistan and selling them without having to pay customs fees or taxes

Even though Afghans like the Japanese brand's vehicles, the German made Toyota Corollas are the most popular.  Ahmad Murid, 30, a dealer in the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khairkana, said buyers generally prefer German-manufactured Corollas, which supposedly get the best gas mileage. White Corollas, which show less dirt than dark-colored Corollas, can bring in $1,500 more than an identical model in black, Murid commented.

If you think Diamonds are forever, better get a Toyota Corolla instead! 🙂

[Source – Washington Post]