Fewer people bought cars in 2020 than usual, but some of the world’s top automakers have weathered the pandemic surprisingly.
Drivers in the United States, as they have done annually for nearly four decades, bought more Ford F-Series trucks than any other type of car. Countries such as Argentina and Australia preferred Toyota pickups, and Swiss drivers usually opted for mid-sized sedans made by the Czech brand koda. This is all according to data from the website BestSellingCarsBlog.com, which analyzed the car brands that topped the sales charts in various countries across the world last year.
Toyota topped all other auto brands in 2020 global sales, overtaking Volkswagen to hold the title as the world’s best-selling car brand for the first time in five years. Toyota sold more than 9.5 million vehicles in 2020, down 11.3% from 2019 – but compared to Volkswagen’s 15% decline in 2020 sales of 9.3 million cars.
Globally, Toyota sold the most cars in 44 different countries around the world, according to data compiled by the AutomotiveTouchup site from BestSellingCarsBlog.com. Volkswagen was again in second place, topping the rankings in 14 countries.
Toyota Trucks With Global Reach
While Toyota’s long-popular Corolla sedan (over 1.1 million cars sold in 2020) and the Rav 4 compact SUV (995,000 sold) were the top two best-selling personal cars in the world in 2020, a surprising Toyota vehicle topped the list. But made his way. Country count this year
That would be the Toyota Hilux, a mid-sized pickup truck sold in many markets around the world. The truck, which is often used in off-road racing competitions like the Dakar Rally in Senegal, starts at around $23,500—and is the best-selling vehicle of 2020 in 14 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Panama, South Africa and Fiji. Was. The Hilux hasn’t been available in the US since the 1990s, when Toyota introduced its Tacoma pickup, but it has a reputation for being practically indestructible (Toyota calls it the “toughest pickup in the world”).
Another surprise for some American drivers: The Skoda Octavia figures prominently among the most popular cars in the world, despite it not being available in the US either. The family sedan is manufactured by the Czech Republic-based koda Auto, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, Mlada Bolesaw. It is available across Europe with a base price of around $25,000, and was the best-selling 2020 car in six countries, including Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Overall, Toyota and Volkswagen dominated the worldwide rankings. The Toyota Corolla was the best-selling car in six different countries, including Ireland, Finland and Taiwan. The Rav4 was the best-selling car in five different countries, including Estonia, Iceland and Ukraine. Drivers from an additional six other countries, including Bahrain and Yemen, preferred Toyota’s Land Cruiser SUV.
By comparison, the Volkswagen-owned brands were the most popular cars in 14 countries, including Germany (VW Golf), Norway (Audi’s electric e-tron SUV) and the Netherlands (VW’s ID.3 electric hatchback).
Local Taste in Big Countries
In many of the world’s largest countries, local automakers reigned supreme. Ford’s F-series trucks, including the F-150, continued to top the North American market even during the pandemic: US sales fell more than 12% in 2020, but trucks still exceed any other vehicle model in the US Sold better in and last year in Canada.
Now, Ford is counting on that long-running breakthrough entering the nascent electric vehicle market at full speed. In May, Michigan-based company Dearborn unveiled its all-electric version of the F-150 truck, at a time when many of the world’s biggest automakers are looking to head to a future with more electric vehicles on the market.
In Russia, the best-selling car of 2020 was the Lada Granta, a subcompact car produced by Russian company AvtoVAZ (formerly known as Volga) and France’s Renault Group. The Lada Granta is a remarkably affordable car, with a price tag of around $7,000. Meanwhile, India’s best-selling car was the Maruti Swift, an equally affordable subcompact hatchback that starts at the equivalent of around $7,800. It is manufactured by the Indian subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corp of Japan.
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