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Most Popular Car in Every Country

Want to know which cars are the biggest hits around the world? Today, we’re checking out the top picks in 50 different countries, using Budget Direct Car Insurance’s research from the latest year-end sales data from 2019. From trucks that can handle any road to sedans perfect for city life, check out which vehicle each country loved most.

Algeria: Dacia Sandero

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In Algeria, the Dacia Sandero stands out as the leading choice for the practical-minded. Launched in 2007 and now in its third generation, this subcompact car, born from a collab between Renault and Dacia, prioritizes simplicity and affordability. With its starting price under $9,500, the Sandero is designed for anyone who just needs a car to get around in. It isn’t extravagant, but it’ll get you where you need to go. 

American Samoa: Toyota Tacoma

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In American Samoa, the Toyota Tacoma is the best of the best among trucks. People love it for its durability, safety, resale value, and performance. Originating in 1995, the Tacoma has undergone quite a few improvements. This truck’s reputation as the most durable on the market hits home with those that live in American Samoa.

Argentina: Toyota Hilux

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The Toyota Hilux, which debuted back in 1968, holds the title of the best-selling vehicle in Argentina. Designed to replace and advance the Briska and Light Stout models, the Hilux was developed and manufactured with Hino Motors. Its “Unbreakable” reputation makes it hard not to love, especially for its Argentine consumers. 

Australia: Toyota Hilux

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Similarly, in Australia, the Toyota Hilux continues as the vehicle of choice for anyone that values durability and strength. Since its introduction in 1968, the Hilux has built a reputation for being “Unbreakable,” thanks to its design and performance. This pickup truck’s ability to withstand rough conditions has made it pretty much indispensable in Australia.

Austria: Skoda Octavia

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The Skoda Octavia is Austria’s preferred car, and it’s known for practicality and efficiency. The Octavia offers a 1984 cc petrol engine and comes with an automatic transmission. It achieves a mileage of 15.81 kmpl and has a ground clearance of 137 mm, making it a great option for all kinds of conditions. As the “Heart of the brand,” the Octavia has been a major part of Skoda’s lineup for over 60 years.

Azerbaijan: Khazar SD/LD

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In Azerbaijan, the Khazar SD/LD sedan leads the market and even meets the highest Euro-5 European gasoline emission standards. It initially relied on parts supplied by Iran’s Khodro Company, but has since made the move towards local production. This move has made it even more appealing to drivers in the area. 

Bahrain: Toyota Land Cruiser

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The Toyota Land Cruiser dominates the market in Bahrain. It originated as a Japanese adaptation of the Willy Jeep, and has evolved into a global phenomenon. It’s now available in 170 countries and sold over 10 million units in 2019 alone. Its gas mileage isn’t great (13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway), but its safety performance is amazing. 

Belarus: Lada Vesta

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Since its introduction in 2015 by the Russian car company AvtoVAZ, the Vesta became a hit in the market fast. Its popularity jumped immediately after its release, and by 2018, it had become the best-selling car in Russia -a status it reflected in Belarus. This vehicle’s  great for anyone looking for something practical and affordable.

Belgium: VW Golf

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Belgium’s top choice for a vehicle is the VW Golf, a car known to be super reliable and has managed to attract buyers globally. Since its first production day on March 29, 1974, the Golf has been very successful, with one selling every 41 seconds around the world. People love it for its technology, comfort, and performance.

Brazil: Chevrolet Onix

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The Chevrolet Onix is a subcompact vehicle and is currently leading the market in Brazil, It was developed by GM Brazil, and has been hugely successful, quickly becoming Brazil’s best-selling car and pushing Chevrolet to the top of the car brand list. It’s also a top-selling car in Latin America. 

Canada: Ford F-Series

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The F-Series, with the F-150 at its forefront, is what you need if you’re wanting a vehicle that can work hard and keep up with your demands. Apparently, Canada really appreciated this since it’s their most loved vehicle. The truck has a history of innovation and adapts to meet evolving standards. This is a huge reason why it’s been able to cement its position in the Canadian market. 

Chile: Mitsubishi L-200

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The Mitsubishi L-200 really proves itself in off-road capability and durability. Known for its 4WD system that adapts to changing conditions, from conserving fuel on tarmac to powering through mud or snow, the L-200 meets the demands of Chile’s drivers. It’s a go-to choice for anyone that needs a reliable and powerful vehicle for work.

China: VW Lavida

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China’s got a thing for the VW Lavida. Rolled out by Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive just for the local crowd since 2008, this car has been a hit, with sales hitting 3.2 million in 2017. It’s compact, drives smooth, and looks good — perfect for getting around the city. In the big league of China’s car scene, the Lavida’s definitely a front-runner.

Colombia: Renault Sandero

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Over in Colombia, the Renault Sandero is the go-to. Whether you pick the base model or the beefier Stepway, you’re getting a ride that’s easy on the wallet and safe to boot, thanks to features like traction control. The Sandero has now passed the baton to the Renault Kiger, but it still has a solid rep for being reliable and cheap to run, which is gold in Colombia.

Croatia: Skoda Octavia

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With its 1984 cc engine and auto, the Skoda Octavia is a smooth drive that won’t guzzle too much gas. Plus, it’s got enough clearance to handle a bump or two. It’s been Skoda’s pride for over 60 years, selling like hotcakes, not just in Croatia, but everywhere. It’s the kind of car that families swear by because it’s spacious, reliable, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Cyprus: Toyota Yaris

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The Toyota Yaris is the top pick in Cyprus. It’s been around since ’99 and keeps getting better with every new model. Small enough for those tight streets but big on the inside, it’s the perfect mix. Reliable? Check. Efficient? Double check. Whether you’re looking for a hatchback or a sedan, the Yaris is a solid choice for anyone in Cyprus after a car that’s easy to live with.

Czech Republic: Skoda Octavia

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The Czech Republic loves the Skoda Octavia. It’s got a decent engine (1984 cc) and comes with an auto gearbox that makes driving a breeze. It’s fuel-efficient and can handle different roads like a champ. Basically, it’s the car you go for when you want something reliable without breaking the bank.

Denmark: Nissan Qashqai

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Denmark loves the Nissan Qashqai. It’s the perfect combo of stylish, spacious, and efficient, making it a hit for folks who want a car that does it all. Dubbed the ‘King of the Crossovers,’ it’s comfy for long drives and handy around town. If you’re in Denmark looking for a car that’s versatile, the Qashqai’s your ride.

Ecuador: Chevrolet Spark

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Ecuador’s choice? The Chevrolet Spark. Started by Daewoo and picked up by GM Korea, this little car is compact and fuel-efficient, which is perfect for city life. Even  better, it’s also affordable, making it a favorite for anyone wanting a straightforward, economical car.

France: Peugeot 208

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France is all in on the Peugeot 208. It’s sleek, drives nicely, and the engines – both petrol and diesel – are pretty kind on fuel. If you’re after a car that’s easy on the eyes, fun to drive, and won’t make you wince at the gas station, the 208’s the way to go.

Finland: Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia
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The Skoda Octavia is up again. As you now know, it’s got a solid engine (1984 cc) and comes with an auto gearbox. This car doesn’t drink much fuel and can dodge potholes with its 137 mm ground clearance. It’s been around in Skoda’s lineup for more than 60 years, which tells you it’s doing something right. People in Finland like it because it’s spacious, reliable, and doesn’t fuss about the cold or rough roads.

Germany: VW Golf

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The VW Golf’s been a hit since ’74, selling like hotcakes every 41 seconds globally. Why? It just keeps getting better. The Golf Mk8 is coming up, and everyone’s excited because it’s going to be the smartest one yet. Germans love it for being practical, efficient, and fun to drive. 

Greece: Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris
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The Toyota Yaris is Greece’s go-to. It’s been around since ’99, and with each new version, it just gets better. Compact, yet surprisingly roomy, it’s perfect for getting around narrow city streets or cruising the countryside. Plus, it’s as reliable as they come, thanks to Toyota’s quality build. Whether you’re commuting in the city or heading out for the weekend, the Yaris is a reliable choice.

India: Maruti Alto

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India loves the Maruti Alto. It’s affordable, reliable, and easy on the gas. Launched in 2000, it’s become the first car for many and a family favorite. Maruti Suzuki really hit the nail on the head with this one, understanding exactly what Indian drivers need. The Alto is everywhere because it’s easy to drive, cheap to run, and tough enough to handle city driving. 

Iraq: Kia Frontier

Kia Frontier
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This truck started its journey as a tough, ready-for-anything kind of vehicle back in the ’80s. It’s been through a few makeovers since then, but it’s still reliable and tough. Folks in Iraq count on the Frontier for heavy lifting and getting through some rough patches without breaking a sweat. It’s got a decent engine that doesn’t complain, whether you’re hauling stuff around town or hitting the less-beaten paths. 

Ireland: Toyota Corolla

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In Ireland, the Toyota Corolla is what you’d call a household name. In fact, around the world a Toyota Corolla is sold every 36 seconds. That’s because this car has history, reliability, and some pretty cool features. Since ’66, the Corolla has been reliably getting its drivers from point A to point B. It’s the car you buy when you want something you can count on, rain or shine. Plus, with over 40 million sold, it’s proven itself to be a pretty dependable option.

Israel: Toyota Corolla

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Same story in Israel – the Toyota Corolla is a big deal here. It’s not just about having a car; it’s about having a Corolla. Why? Because this car doesn’t mess around. It’s been around since the ’60s, and it took less than a decade to become the best-seller worldwide. That’s because Toyota packed it with reliability, threw in some innovation like those now-standard white reversing lights, and made sure it’s a car that lasts. 

Italy: Fiat Panda

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Italy’s got a soft spot for the Fiat Panda. This car is easy on the wallet, both when you buy it and when you run it. It sits in a sweet spot with insurance, which means you’re not breaking the bank to keep it on the road. Plus, it holds its value pretty well, which is nice if you ever decide to sell it. Since the ’80s, the Panda’s been the go-to for Italians looking for a car that’s simple, reliable, and can handle the twisty roads of the countryside as well as the tight streets of the city. 

Japan: Honda N-BOX

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This little guy is a champ in the world of kei cars, which are compact cars that Japan pretty much specializes in. The N-BOX nails it with a boxy design that’s actually super practical, with tons of room for your stuff. It’s been topping the sales charts for years because it’s perfect for getting through narrow streets and easy to park in tight spots. Plus, it’s got some clever storage solutions that make you wonder why all cars don’t come with these. 

Mexico: Nissan Versa

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Down in Mexico, the Nissan Versa takes the crown. The name “Versa” hints at its versatility, and it lives up to that. It’s one of the few subcompact cars that still feels roomy inside, and it’s been Mexico’s favorite for a good chunk of the last decade. Whether you’re cruising through city streets or hitting the highway, the Versa’s got you covered with a ride that makes the most out of every mile. 

Morocco: Dacia Dokker

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This vehicle’s been leading the pack for years, and it isn’t hard to see why. It’s versatile, doubling as a van for getting work done during the week and a family car for weekend trips. Built tough to handle the demands of Moroccan roads, the Dokker is practical and reliable. 

Netherlands: Tesla Model 3

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Over in the Netherlands, the Tesla Model 3 is stealing the show. This electric vehicle (EV) is hitting all the right notes for Dutch drivers who are looking for a green ride without sacrificing performance. With its impressive range, snappy acceleration, and cutting-edge tech, the Model 3 is nailing it. It’s got enough juice to get you where you’re going and then some, all while keeping things eco-friendly. The Dutch love their bikes, but when it’s time to get behind the wheel, the Tesla Model 3 is the way to go.

Norway: Tesla Model 3

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Norway’s big on the Tesla Model 3, too. This country loves its electric vehicles, and the Model 3 is like the rockstar of EVs here. It’s not just about being eco-friendly (which is a huge deal in Norway), but also about driving a car that’s slick, fast, and packed with tech. With incentives for EVs, Norwegians are jumping on the Model 3 bandwagon because it hits the sweet spot between performance and being kind to the planet.

Papua New Guinea: Toyota Land Cruiser J70

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In Papua New Guinea, the Toyota Land Cruiser J70 is the go-to vehicle. This place has some tough terrain to cover, and the Land Cruiser J70 is built like a tank to handle it. It’s got the muscle to tackle rough roads and rugged paths, making it perfect for Papua New Guinea. People here need a vehicle that’s reliable and can go the distance, whether it’s for work or exploring the great outdoors. 

Paraguay: Chevrolet Onix

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Paraguay’s choice is the Chevrolet Onix. It’s been winning hearts with its affordability, style, and efficiency. The Onix is a smart pick for drivers looking for a car that’s easy to handle, economical to run, and doesn’t skimp on looks or features. It’s made a name for itself as a vehicle that’s just right for city driving but doesn’t mind stretching its legs on the open road. With the Onix, Paraguayans have found a car that fits their daily needs while keeping costs down, proving you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot.

Peru: Toyota Hilux

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In Peru, the Toyota Hilux is the workhorse of choice. This truck isn’t just tough; it’s practically indestructible. It’s got the power to haul, the strength to endure, and the reliability that Peruvians demand from their vehicles. With terrain that can go from desert to mountains to rainforest, Peru needs a vehicle that can adapt and overcome. 

South Africa: Toyota Hilux

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Down in South Africa, the Toyota Hilux is basically a legend. This truck is everywhere because it can handle just about anything South Africans throw at it. We’re talking about a country with some serious landscapes, and the Hilux cruises through it all. It’s got the guts for heavy loads and the grit for off-roading. Plus, it’s got a rep for being tough as nails, which is exactly what you need when you’re dealing with the unpredictability of the wild or the hustle of the urban jungle. 

South Korea: Hyundai Grandeur

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The Hyundai Grandeur is known for luxury without screaming it. It’s got a V6 engine that purrs, making it a favorite for those who appreciate a bit of power under the hood without sacrificing comfort. The Grandeur isn’t just about getting you from A to B; it’s about doing it in style and with the kind of performance that makes every drive a pleasure. It’s a standout in the executive sedan category, proving that you don’t need to look outside the country to find a car that meets the high standards of South Korean drivers.

Spain: SEAT Leon

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The SEAT Leon is the perfect mix of sporty and practical, making it a hit among Spaniards who love their cars with a bit of flair. The Leon is built on a solid platform that it shares with some pretty impressive cousins, but it stands out with its own unique style. It has a cool, sharp look and packs enough tech to keep all the gadget lovers happy. 

Sweden: Volvo S/V60

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Sweden’s pride is the Volvo S/V60. This car is like a fortress on wheels, but with the kind of sleek design that turns heads. It’s known for safety and style, a combo that Volvo nails every time. In Sweden, where they take both safety and design seriously, the Volvo S/V60 is a natural choice for drivers who want it all.

Switzerland: Skoda Octavia

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The Skoda Octavia is versatile, reliable, and just plain useful. It’s got a 1984 cc engine that’s more about smooth sailing than guzzling gas, making it perfect for those scenic drives through the Alps or zipping around city streets. The Octavia is big on space, so you can pack in all your gear for skiing or hiking, and it’s got the kind of build quality that makes it a solid choice in a place known for precision. 

Syria: Hyundai Tucson

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In Syria, the Hyundai Tucson is the go-to SUV. The Tucson offers a great mix of size, power, and economy, making it ideal for families or anyone needing a bit more room without wanting to fill up the tank every other day. It has enough tech to keep you connected and enough safety features to give you peace of mind. For Syrians looking for a dependable, versatile SUV, the Tucson ticks all the boxes.

Taiwan: Toyota Corolla

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Taiwan loves the Toyota Corolla, and it’s easy to see why. This car is practically a global icon at this point, known for its reliability and efficiency. In Taiwan, where the streets are busy and space is at a premium, the Corolla’s compact size and excellent fuel economy make it a smart pick. It’s the kind of car that just gets the job done, whether you’re commuting to work or heading out for the weekend. 

Thailand: Toyota Hilux

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This truck is rugged, reliable, and ready for anything, which is exactly what Thais love about it. Whether you’re hauling goods for your business or packing up the family for a trip, the Hilux has the space and the power to get you where you’re going. It’s built a reputation for being indestructible, and in Thailand, where the going can get tough, that’s exactly what drivers are looking for.

Turkey: Fiat Egea

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Turkey’s streets are filled with the Fiat Egea, and it’s not hard to see why. The Egea stands out for its sleek design and practical features, making it a hit for anyone looking for a car that looks good and performs even better. It’s also packed with tech and safety features, offering great value without skimping on the essentials. For a country that loves its cars as much as Turkey does, the Fiat Egea fits right in.

Ukraine: Kia Sportage

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In Ukraine, the Kia Sportage is the SUV of choice for drivers who want versatility and style. This compact SUV is just the right size for city driving, yet it’s rugged enough for weekend escapes into the countryside. With its comfortable interior and solid performance, the Sportage offers Ukrainian drivers a reliable and stylish way to get around. It’s equipped with the latest tech and safety features, making every drive a pleasure. 

United Kingdom: Ford Fiesta

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The Ford Fiesta has been a staple on UK roads for decades, and it’s easy to understand its appeal. This supermini is known for its affordability and practicality. It’s the go-to car for Brits who want a ride that’s as suitable for city driving as it is for hitting the motorways. With a variety of models to choose from, there’s a Fiesta for every taste and budget.

United States: Ford F-150

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The Ford F-150 is more than just a truck in the United States; it’s an American icon. This beast is the top choice for folks who need a truck that’s as ready for a hard day’s work as it is for a fun weekend. It’s got the muscle for towing and hauling, plus the tech and comfort to make every ride enjoyable. The F-150 suits contractors, adventurers, and families alike. It’s been the best-selling vehicle in the country for years, proving that Americans love their trucks tough, reliable, and packed with features. 

Venezuela: Toyota Fortuner

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Venezuela’s rough and tumble roads are no match for the Toyota Fortuner. Venezuelans appreciate a vehicle that can handle both the chaos of city traffic and the unpredictability of rural paths, and the Fortuner fits the bill perfectly. It’s got the space for families or groups, and the power to haul whatever you need, making it a great choice for a country that values resilience and reliability in their rides.

Vietnam: Toyota Vios

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In Vietnam, the Toyota Vios takes the crown for practicality and popularity. This compact sedan is everywhere, thanks to its affordability, reliability, and efficiency. It’s the car of choice for city dwellers navigating the city streets. The Vios is also spacious enough for families, making it a great option for work commutes or weekend getaways. With Toyota’s reputation for quality, Vietnamese drivers trust the Vios to keep them moving smoothly on their daily drives,.

Author: Abbie Clark

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