TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp.'s Corolla has passed Ford's Model-T to become the second best-selling car in history with over 15 million produced, a company spokesman said today.
A total of 15,040,200 Corollas were made in the 23 years and six months ended June 30, 1990. That tops the 15,007,033 Model-T cars made by the Ford Motor Co.
The mid-priced Corolla, despite its simple styling and lack of flash, has been popular throughout the world for its practical appeal and fuel efficiency.
A similar formula helped the Ford Model-T become a dominant car in its day. The sturdy black Ford was the standard American vehicle in the early days of automobiles, and for many years held the title of best-seller. It was made for 19 years, from 1908 to 1927.