The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has received its share of accolades. But it likely has just received its most significant honor — the lofty 1 million yearly sales plateau.
According to a report on Forbes.com, when the final tallies are totaled the 2011 Hyundai Elantra will be the second-highest seller globally in 2011 with about 1.01 million units sold.
The Toyota Corolla, sold under different nameplates throughout the world, remained the top worldwide seller, with about 10,00 more units sold in 2011 than the Hyundai Elantra.
While reaching the 1 million in sales yearly total, the Hyundai Elantra joins six other vehicles that have also sold more than 1 million units in one year — Ford Model T, VW Beetle, Chevrolet Impala, VW Golf, Ford F-Series and the Toyota Corolla.
Here are the top-selling cars around the world in 2011, based on unofficial projected end-of-the-year calculations:
1. Toyota Corolla, 1,020,000; 2. Hyundai Elantra, 1,010,000; 3. Wuling Sunshine, 943,000; 4. Ford Focus, 919,000; 5. Kia Rio/Pride, 815,337; 6. Ford Fiesta, 781,147; 7. VW Jetta, 745,000; 8. Toyota Camry, 726,000; 9. Chevrolet Cruze, 691,000; 10. VW Golf, 648,000.
Article Last Updated: January 3, 2012.
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