Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., announced Corolla global sales of 1.22 million units in 2013, according to the company’s internal data based on individual vehicle sales reporting from its distributors. The 5% year-over-year increase confirms the Corolla’s popularity among customers in approximately 150 countries and regions around the world.
Corolla’s worldwide cumulative sales since its introduction in 1966 topped 40.72 million units as of February 2014, making it the all-time best-selling vehicle model, according to Toyota’s analysis.
Toyota says that various “competitive claims” based on “single nameplate” registrations may have excluded data for Corolla Axio, Corolla Altis, Corolla EX, Corolla Fielder and Corolla Rumion, which are identified and marketed as Corolla sedans and wagons. Toyota is referring to Ford’s claims for the Focus (earlier post.) Based on Polk data, Ford estimated Focus sales globally reached about 1.1 million in 2013.
Based on Polk new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive, which captures 96% of global new vehicle volumes, Toyota says that the Corolla is the world’s best-selling vehicle model for 2013 with global registrations of 1,098,524 million units.
This figure includes Corolla sedan and other variations in name such as 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, the all-new Corolla posted sales of more than 300,000 units in 2013, a 4% increase year-over-year. In 2013, 97% of all Corollas sold in the US were built in North America.
Corolla was named a top safety pick in 2013 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and was awarded a 5-star rating for overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the highest grade given by the agency.