I would agree. Which makes lists like this a little iffy... some of the cars on this list have nothing in common over the years but the model name, so some of them really don't belong on the Top Ten best-seller list. Too many changes over the years to be considered the "same" car. This list is definitely a list of best-selling nameplates of all time... not necessarily best-selling cars of all time.
That's what sales numbers are about..best selling 'nameplates' or 'model names'...not a specific version of the product. All cars evolve over time--the Mustang today isn't the Mustang of 50 years ago. Nor is the Ford F series. It's just that some nameplates have had very slow/few changes like the Beetle did or the Model T did while others are heavily changed every 4-6 years or so.
The list is valid as it is of what models have been the best selling over time, not what version or generation of a model. One could dissect the #s for the Ford F series pickups--what is the total # sold since '48 or whenever they first made an F-series vs what's the total number of the '80-96 generation (the longest running IIRC), or the total # of the 67-72 generation, etc.
Edited by Rob Hall, 09 July 2014 - 07:28 AM.