The latest list of the world's best selling cars has been announced for the first half of 2016 and Toyota Corolla has retained its top spot. However, the biggest winner is the new Hyundai Tucson launched late last year. The Tucson jumped a massive 949 spots to reach at the 16th spot on the global sales charts from the 965th position last year.
According to a study done by Focus2Move, more than 285,000 Tucsons were sold till the end of June 2016. That's a 202.4% increase in sales from the same period last year when the old Tucson managed to attract 94,267 buyers. On the other hand, most of the cars from the top 10 list saw a downward sales, though a very minor one.
The Toyota Corolla managed to retain its position at the top of the charts, and sold 634,298 units, a 1.2% drop in sales from the same period last year. The second place Volkswagen Golf, took a hit of 1.8% thanks to the dieselgate episode in the U.S. and Canada. The Ford F-150 truck gained 12.6% sales and is ranked at the number three position in the rankings.
Ford Focus suffered a massive drop of 16.4% and is now placed on the fourth spot. Others losers in the top ten are the Toyota Camry with a 11.7% dip and the Hyundai Elantra with a 9.7% dip. The gainers on the other hand includes the Toyota RAV4, whose 10.8% growth moves it up to seventh place and Honda CR-V added with 3.9% growth to its sales.
On the contrary to the growth of the Tucson, the Chevrolet Cruze turns out to be the biggest loser in the top 100 with a drop of 21.4%. Chinese GAC Trumpchi GS4 gained hefty 809.4%, moving it up from 559th place to 56th.
Globally, a total of 45.8 million vehicles were sold in the first six months of 2016.