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Little Tikes Cozy Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery

The middle of June might seem like an odd time to release sales figures, but we've just gotten word that previous reports announcing America's best-selling vehicle may have been all wrong. While the Ford F-Series pickup has topped the vehicle sales list for as long as we can remember, the car crown has shifted back-and-forth from the Taurus to the Accord to the Camry for the past few decades. Or has it?

A relatively unlikely American carmaker is now laying claim to that title. Little Tikes Co. of Hudson, Ohio has released sales figures for its iconic Cozy Coupe showing that it has outsold all of those four-door family sedans throughout its 30-year production run. That's right, the red plastic coupe with the yellow top turns 30 this year, and last year alone the company moved 457,000 of them, handily besting the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

While the Cozy Coupe you're buying for your kids today might look just like the one you remember unwrapping yourself 30 years ago, it has actually undergone three revisions in that time. The original Cozy Coupe was actually penned by former Chrysler designer, Jim Mariol, in 1979. It kicked off a riding toy craze that hasn't subsided. Rather than resting on their laurels, however, Little Tikes has taken the 30th anniversary of America's favorite ride-on car as a great opportunity for a makeover.

The 2009 model gets Pixar-like eyes up front, a floorboard to keep tiny feet from getting caught under the seat, and a handle and cupholders for parents built into the roof. Besides the classic Cozy Coupe, the company has also offered a variety of specialized models including the Princess edition, a Patrol police car, a Ride & Rescue fire company ride, a pickup truck and the uplevel Grand Coupe among others.

The American-made Cozy Coupe is even being enshrined in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland as one of the top twenty best selling models of all time. Congrats on turning 30 and for snagging that best-selling car title. Here's to 30 more years of happy Little Tikes.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Most likely wins the award for most reliable car as well.

      Not to mention, great fuel economy!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's why I always beat you in the auto-x Mike. The secret is pixie sticks because doing powder through a straw will always help you in life...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here's a car that goes faster the more sugar you pump into its gas tank. Personally, I use high-viscosity glucose-fructose for autocrossing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It kind of looks like the Tata Nano.... just take away the handle.

      Probably runs better, and is safer too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This car is older then the Nano, they used it for inspiration for the Nano.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can has cozy coupe?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Hotwheels might have something to say about that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I liked it a lot before the goofy face. Weirdly enough, I had a dream about conducting a crash test with kids' dolls in this thing as dummies. You know, I might actually do it soon.
      That said, this thing needs a Hayabusa connected to the rear wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We have one like the 1991 model in picture 11. A garage sale find, it's given our three kids a start at driving. The A-pillars are plastic tubing over 1/4" steel rods. One thing about these, like other Little Tikes stuff, is you have to drill holes everywhere (like in the seat, and the trunk), so they don't fill up with water when it rains. A 1/4" bit works best.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a pair in the garage for the kids. An 1991 model and a 2003. I never buy the cozy coupe new - they depreciate as soon as you take it off the lot
      • 6 Years Ago
      had a 1991 model myself, I was so sad when we moved and couldnt take that with us.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1. Upgrade the wheels to rubber
      2. Add real steering
      3. Add small go-kart engine
      4. ???
      5. Profit!
      • 3 Years Ago
      hi http://www.autowranglers.com/ is the best place where u sell ur used car.they give best price. thanks
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had one of those when I was a kid.
      • 6 Years Ago
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