World’s best-selling cars of 2017

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In the third quarter of the year, global vehicles market continued to grow at near 4%. Among the largest automobile markets worldwide, car sales of Russia and Brazil were expanded with double-digit growth while China and India remained the same.

In 2016, over 77 million vehicles were sold worldwide, up from less than 54 million units in the years between 2000 and 2013. The sales were attributed to the increased demand from customers in Asia and North America, and the recovering automotive industry in United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Poland and other European Union member states. By the end of the year, more than 78 million automobiles are expected to be sold.

Among the total number of vehicles sold as of November, Toyota Corolla, Ford F-Series, Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic and Toyota RAV4 topped the list of the world’s best-selling cars, according to a report by Focus2move, a global market leader in the automotive intelligence and data industry.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla remains the top-selling model with 930.347 sales, as presented by Focus2move. It is a line of subcompact and compact cars by a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer, Toyota. The model was officially rolled onto the market in November 1966, and continued to evolve over the years.

Today’s generation of Corolla is equipped with Standard Toyota Safety Sense that features a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, among others. With features like Bi-LED headlights and available 17-inch alloy wheels, Corolla exudes an exceptional trademark on the road. It also offers a sporty interior with plenty of tech and style with an available sport gauge cluster, color Multi-Information Display, paddle shifters and Sport Mode.

Ford F-Series

From the third spot in 2016, the Ford F-Series advances to second place with 797.899 sales this year. Ford F-Series is the longest continuous single series produced by Ford Motor Company since 1948. The most popular version of the F-Series is the F-150 that now in its 13th generation.

The F-150 body, made of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, weighs up to 700 pounds, which is lighter than the previous generations. It is powered by the legendary Ford 5.0L V8 that features a direct-injection system and generates power ratings of 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Apart from its capability, F-150 also offers a broad range of features including the available integrated tailgate step, deployable box steps, 360-degree camera and SYNC3 with SYNC Connect.

Volkswagen Golf

With a total of 664.086 sales, Volkswagen Golf ranks third, according to Focus2move. It offers a stylish, sporty and endlessly iconic exterior enhanced by rear spoiler and panoramic sunroof. The Golf is carefully engineered to utilize all the space inside with its 60/40-split folding rear seats that can fold down easily.

Volkswagen Golf is also packed with high-end technology features for a great driving experience. It is equipped with available keyless access, which let the driver locks, unlocks, starts and drives the car without taking the keys on the pocket; Bluetooth technology with audio streaming that allows songs, playlists, podcasts and radio streaming; and SiriusXM Satellite Radio that brings music, live sports, news, talks, and hottest entertainment available.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic jumps up six spots from 10th to fourth place this year with 612.316 sales. Civic is a line of small cars that has gone several generation changes. Today, the new Honda Civic delivers an enhanced customer driving experience with its striking sporty design, powerful driving performance, advanced set of key technologies and innovations, and premium quality and upscale interior.

Honda Civic is tailored by putting safety as top priority. It has Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold, which engages and disengages the parking brake with ease; Emergency Stop Signal that relays the message of panic and emergency stop to the drivers around; Walk Away Auto lock, a feature that automatically locks all the doors when the driver has moved more than 2.5 meters away from the car; and Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution that prevents the wheels from locking while braking hard.

Toyota RAV4

RAV4, the compact crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) by Toyota, advances to fifth from seventh spot this year with 608.211 sales. The latest RAV4 exudes a sporty exterior with clean, modern and sleek body design, complemented by stylish rear bumper and unique wheel designs. RAV4’s interior is customized for maximum comfort with the available power-adjustable front seats and smart features.

For the driver’s peace of mind, the new RAV4 has available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert that help identify vehicles when changing lanes or backing out a parking space. It is also equipped with six advanced safety features including Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology; and eight airbags, provided up to driver’s knee and front passenger seat cushion. — Mark Louis F. Ferrolino