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Cars of the cup: popular World Cup cars listed

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October 25th 2022 fun info

With the 2022 World Cup just around the corner, we wanted to get involved. So, in true findandfund.com style, we wanted to know each World Cup country’s most popular car.

We looked at data reported by bestsellingcarsblog.com and, where available, manufacturers themselves, to discover which model of car had seen the most sales in each World Cup country to see which ones overlapped, and which model represents each nation this year.

Below, we’ve outlined some of the most interesting findings. These are the cars of the cup.

The cars of the cup

The Volkswagen Golf mainly saw popularity in Germany this year, with around 49k sales making it the best-selling car in the manufacturer’s home land.

A lesser-known model here in Europe, the Hyundai Porter was the most frequently bought car in South Korea, but this brand popped up frequently as a runner-up in other places. Native brand Kia then filled up nine out of 10 of the country’s top 10 cars.

Mexico’s car of choice came out as the Chevrolet Aveo, whereas Argentina and Brazil had soft spots for the Fiat Cronos and Strada respectively. France and Portugal had a shared favourite in Peugeot, France the 208 and Portugal the 2008, but Belgium and Croatia flew solo with the Citroen C3 and Opel Crossland.

Home turf

Gathering data for Wales and England separately proved challenging. So, for curiosity’s sake, we also looked at the most popular car overall in the UK, which currently stood as the Vauxhall Corsa with 29,342 units sold so far this year. This comes as no surprise to us, with the Corsa being consistently driven by both new drivers and experienced motorists up and down the country.

There’s also an abundance of models available on the second-hand market. Just take our listings for example.

Across the pond

The States and Canada are clearly truckers, with the most popular car in America and Canada alike being the Ford F-Series. In fact, one in five vehicles sold in Canada in the first nine months of 2022 were the Ford F-Series.

In the U.S., the F-series had a 13% fall in sales from the previous year, but still topped the leader board with almost 100,000 more units sold than the Chevy Silverado in second place. This was the same in Canada; after a 15% fall from 2021, the Ford F-Series still beat its runner up, the Ram P/U, dramatically.

The runaway winner

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Toyota was by far the most frequently occurring number one car throughout the different World Cup countries. Various Toyotas were the most sold car of 2022 so far in 5 of the  19 countries we could find data for, including 2 (Australia and Ghana) specifically favouring the Hilux.

Even in countries where Toyota didn’t top the leader board, this manufacturer still proved popular. Take the most popular car in Japan, for example; even though their most sold car in 2022 was the Honda N-Box, their second, third, and fourth most popular cars were various models of Toyota.

The full list

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find data for every single country competing this year. In which case, here’s a list of each World Cup Country’s favourite car, based on reported sales:

  • Argentina: Fiat Cronos
  • Australia: Toyota Hilux
  • Belgium: Citroen C3
  • Brazil: Fiat Strada
  • Canada: Ford F-Series
  • Croatia: Opel Crossland
  • United Kingdom: Vauxhall Corsa
  • France: Peugeot 208
  • Germany: Volkswagen Golf
  • Ghana: Toyota Hilux
  • Japan: Honda N-Box
  • Mexico: Chevrolet Aveo
  • Morocco: Dacia Sandero
  • Poland: Toyota Corolla
  • Portugal: Peugeot 2008
  • Saudi Arabia: Toyota Land Cruiser
  • South Korea: Hyundai Porter
  • USA: Ford F-Series

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