2013 has been an amazing year for business all over, as it was the year when global economy finally came out of the after-effects of, what has come to be known as, The Great Recession. Quite honestly, in light vehicles, sales were up by 7.5% from 2012, meaning that the world spent millions of dollars on vehicles throughout the year. However, some vehicles were exceptionally popular among the masses for reasons pertaining to their individual specifications.
1: The Volkswagen Polo
Even though the Polo model by VW is not available in North America at the moment, it has still been a very popular lightweight vehicle in the supermini category. Sales of the Polo model were around 670,000 units in 2013 alone, making it a very popular car for the year.
2: Ford Explorer
Regardless of the fact that the Ford Explorer is an SUV, it was still a very popular vehicle in 2013, with over 150,000 units sold, up by 30% since 2012. It is being speculated that the vehicle has been exceptionally popular because of its dynamics, three engines, and luxuriously vast interior space for 7 passengers, beating out its competition in the SUV category, namely the Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, and Dodge Durango.
3: Hyundai Sonata
The Hyundai Sonata was a massive hit in 2012, but sales plummeted by 13% in 2013 to only 140,000 units sold. Still, it was the most popular car in terms of sale the world witnessed in the last entire year, and that should speak volumes about its quality.
A mid-sized car, Sonata is a hybrid car which not only provides fuel efficiency but also comfortable seating and gorgeous exterior.
4: Toyota Prius
With over 160,000 units sold in 2013, the Toyota Prius was still not as popular as it was back in 2012. Yet, just like Hyundai Sonata, it was a best-seller in 2013. The Prius is considered a hybrid miracle, because it is said to provide the most mileage compared to competitor cars. Toyota has tried to capitalize on Prius’s success by releasing Prius V and Prius c models, but all are not able to deliver the punch expected from Toyota.
5: Chevrolet Equinox
It is not too big, it is not too small. The vehicle itself is midsized, but the price makes it seem compact. With a 5-passenger interior, the Chevrolet Equinox is determined to providing you the most luxurious car experience. Sliding doors, rear space for passengers, and dedicated cargo space are just some features in the Equinox model that aim to make traveling as comfortable for its passengers are possible. The 4 cylinder engine that the Equinox model works with is also industry state-of-the-art in fuel efficiency, whereas the V6 offers great power. With over 180,000 sales in 2013, up by 14% from 2012, Chevrolet Equinox definitely makes the cut.
6: Honda CR-V
With Honda’s sturdy design, sales for the same remained as sturdy as the CR-V model, with only a slight 0.6% decline since 2012. Even so, the CR-V model sold more than 200,000 units in 2013, ensuring it a place among the best selling cars of 2013. And the place is justified. A sturdy design, highly fuel efficient, and vastly roomy, this SUV sets the standard for other SUVs to follow. The only negative of its design is power: it does not compare well with its more powerful competitors, Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Escape.
7: Toyota Camry
Having sold over 400,000 units in 2013 alone, the Toyota Camry is the most famous sedan in the world. But is it the quality of the vehicle that is getting it so much popularity, or is it the brand image? The latter seems to be the case, as Camry’s competitors namely the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and the legendary Ford Fusion are clearly better in driving comfort. Yet, Toyota Camry has beaten them all, and has secured a place in this list.
8: Ford F-Series
Over 600,000 units sold, and counting: this is the stuff that legends are made of. This pick-up has sold more units in America than anything else in the entire world. Future for the Ford F-series seems highly promising as well, as sales increased by over 22% in 2013 alone, and continue to grow exponentially every year. The reason behind its success is perhaps its strong engine, ½ ton F-150 combined with Ford F-series Super Duty technology, which ensures a powerful drive that is further enhanced by Ford’s superior handling.