Toyota Corolla retains its position as the best-selling model in the world in 2020, one of the most difficult years in the history of the automotive industry, according to Focus2Move. The Japanese car realized 1.134 million sales, a decrease of 8.8% compared to 2019.
In second place is another model of the Japanese giant – RAV4 realized 972 thousand sales, an increase of 1.9%. The SUV is also one of only two in the top 10 to mark an increase. In third place is another representative of the Far East – Honda CR-V climbs one position with a total of 706 thousand sales (-13.2%), ahead of the Civic, of which 698 thousand were sold (-16.3%) ) and Volkswagen Tiguan with 607 thousand sales (-18.8%).
The dominance of the Japanese continues in the second half of the ranking. Toyota Camry climbed one position with 593 thousand sales (-13.2%), followed by Nissan Sylphy, which marked a 14.4% increase in sales to 544 thousand.
The European favorite Volkswagen Golf dropped two places to eighth place with 493 thousand sales (-28.6%). On the edge of the top 10 we find Volkswagen Lavida (sold in China) with 464 thousand (-13%) and Hyundai Tucson (462 thousand, -14.6%).
Toyota also maintains its leadership in the ranking of individual car brands, cementing its first position with a 10.5% market share and widening the gap with Volkswagen. In 2020, the Japanese giant realized a total of 7.86 million sales, a decrease of 12.2%.
European Volkswagen lost 0.4% market share and ranked second with 7.6% and 5.73 million sales. Much of the decline is due to the brand’s dependence on the Chinese market, where it realizes 40% of its total sales.
Ford remains in third place with 4.18 million (-18.3%), followed by Honda (-14.1%, 3.97 million) and Hyundai (-15.2%, 3.71 million) . In sixth place is Nissan (-20.4%, 3.48 million), followed by the worst performing Chevrolet in 2020 compared to the previous year, which lost 22.4% of sales to a total of 2, 96 million. Kia follows, which decreased by only 4.6% to 2.82 million.
At the end of the ranking are Mercedes (-8.2%, 2.37 million) and BMW (-8.4%, 2.05 million).
The star of 2020, of course, is Tesla. The American manufacturer climbed to 39th position with 534 thousand sales (+ 46.8%).
The ranking looks a little different when we look at the producer groups. Here Volkswagen Group (which already includes Audi, Skoda, Seat, Porsche and others) has a market share of 11.6%. Toyota Group (along with Lexus and Daihatsu) is second with a share of 8.9 million and 11.1%. The Renault-Nissan alliance ranks third with 7.95 million, followed by Hyundai-Kia with 6.52 million GM remains in fifth place with 6.26 million. Honda ranks sixth with 4.5 million, followed by from Ford (4.15 million)
Stellantis, the new company created after the merger of FCA and PSA, which are now ranked 8th and 9th, would rank as the fourth largest group in the world with a combined market share of 8.5%.
Daimler is in 10th place with 2.55 million.
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