Thanks to the unusually tough winter in much of the United States, there is great pent-up demand for buying automobiles this spring—and better deals as dealerships hope to regain lost traction from frigid weather.
As car buyers return to the sales lot, a look at the top-selling cars worldwide in 2013 might help whet your appetite for a new ride. The bestseller list also highlights the fact that the U.S. car market is no longer king of the road. China overtook the U.S. as the world’s biggest car market in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. The rising fortunes of the middle class in places like Indonesia, Turkey and India are also creating a new class of automobile owner.
One sign of the times? The world’s best-selling car last year didn’t even make the top 10 in the U.S. last year, but Chinese drivers loved it. Fortunately for Detroit, U.S. carmakers have long sensed which way the wind is blowing: The world’s top car last year was a Ford.
Here are the 10 best-selling cars in the world last year as tracked by LMC Automotive, compared to the top-selling vehicles in the U.S.
10. Volkswagen Polo
What’s the No. 10 seller in the U.S.? Ford Escape
9. Honda CR-V
What’s the No. 9 seller in the U.S.? Toyota Corolla
8. Ford Fiesta
What’s the No. 8 seller in the U.S.? Honda CR-V
7. Volkswagen Golf
What’s the No. 7 seller in the U.S.? Nissan Altima
6. Toyota Camry
What’s the No. 6 seller in the U.S.? Honda Civic
5. Chevrolet Cruze
What’s the No. 5 seller in the U.S.? Ram pickup
4. Hyundai Elantra
What’s the No. 4 seller in the U.S.? Honda Accord
3. VW Jetta
What’s the No. 3 seller in the U.S.? Toyota Camry
2. Toyota Corolla
What’s the No. 2 seller in the U.S.? Chevrolet Silverado
1. Ford Focus
What’s the No. 1 seller in the U.S.? Ford F-Series truck. The Ford Focus was the 11th-best-selling car in the U.S. last year.
Photo courtesy of the Ford Motor Co.