What was the best-selling car in the world in 2021?

The ranking of the best-selling cars in the world in 2021 teaches us one thing: Asian brands are the most powerful in the market. And the most popular is a Toyota.

If more proof was needed that Toyota was dominating the global car market, here’s more, plus annual gross volume results for each group. The Japanese giant has been able, over the decades, to adapt to the limitations of very specific markets: Europe, but also the United States with an offer dedicated to sedans, SUVs and even a pick-up, the Tundra, which is reaping good sales in the segment with the unstoppable Hilux. And then, also, China where Toyota is far from making ridiculous figures, in a market where the population is not, however, the most addicted to everything that can come from Japan. In short, Toyota is today a successful model, but it is not alone: ​​the other Asian brands have managed to diversify their products and the same activities so as not to put all their eggs in one basket. It is therefore logical that the ranking of the best-selling cars in the world is made up mainly… of Japanese.

The best-selling car is an SUV

For a long time, the Toyota Corolla remained at the top of the best-selling cars on the planet. The sedan is the very exemplar of what a global hit (like a big flop) can do: pretty wise styling, very classic proportions, an aftermarket interior, and globally robust gasoline engines. A relatively “go anywhere” car that has the ability to please across multiple continents. Here’s the recipe for the Corolla… which is no longer the most popular car in the world! The sedan was outshone for another product from the Toyota catalog, and it is an SUV: the RAV4. It is the first time in history that this body heads this ranking according to Analysis of the automobile industry ! But it is also a year very disturbed by the various crises…

In the Top 10, beyond the omnipresence of Japanese brands and the total absence of European ones (not even the Volkswagen Golf appears there), it is also noticeable that an electric car is making its debut. The good performance of the Tesla Model 3 allows it to be one of the ten best-selling models in the world. Quite a feat, even if 2022 could clearly change the situation with the Model Y and the tensions over production in China.

The ranking of the best-selling cars in the world (2021)

Model Sales (2021)
Modeltoyota rav4 Sales (2021)1.13 million
ModelToyota Corolla Sales (2021)1.10 million
ModelHonda CR-V Sales (2021)903,000
Modelnissan sentra Sales (2021)693,000
Modeltoyota camry Sales (2021)681,000
ModelHonda HR-V Sales (2021)670,000
ModelFord F150 Sales (2021)562,000
Modelhilux Sales (2021)549,000
Modeltesla model 3 Sales (2021)508,000
Modelhonda accord Sales (2021)481,000
ModelHonda Civic Sales (2021)467,000
Published in 06/16/2022 Updated 06/16/2022

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