The best-selling cars in some of the world’s largest auto markets – Photo: Motor1
The chip crisis has led to major market fluctuations, but in general the taste of each place has not changed. While North America continues to be crazy about SUVs and pickup trucks, European drivers still prefer compact sedans and crossovers. Australia, Argentina and Brazil all love midsize pickups, while in densely populated countries like Indonesia clearly prefer MPVs.
North America is crazy about pickup
The best-selling cars in the US market – Photo: Motor1
Ford F-Series continues to dominate the US market with 726,004 units sold in 2021 (including F-150, F-250, F-350 and F-450). Nearly 5% of light vehicles sold in the US in 2021 are Ford F-Series. Second and third are the Ram and Chevrolet Silverado pickups, respectively. These 3 models alone account for 11.9% of the market share in 2021
The Ford F-Series is also the best-selling vehicle in Canada with 111,332 units.
South America also loves pickups
The best-selling car models in the Brazilian market – Photo: Motor1
South America also likes pickup trucks, albeit a little smaller. Leading Brazil, Latin America’s largest auto market, is Fiat Strada with 109,107 units in 2021, accounting for 5.5% of the total market.
This is the best result in history for this small pickup since its debut in 1996. The Fiat Strada has become the go-to choice for both commuting and commuting for the middle-class looking to find Looking for a car that’s efficient, practical, and fun enough.
Behind the Strada are two urban cars: the Hyundai HB20 hatchback and the Fiat Argo.
The best-selling cars in the Argentine market – Photo: Motor1
The Fiat Cronos sedan is the best-selling car in Argentina. This locally produced 4-door small car creates confidence in consumers thanks to its price, appearance as well as abundant sales at dealers.
The Toyota Hilux has been the market leader in Argentina for the past three years, but it has dropped to second place in 2021. Another pickup, the Volkswagen Amarok, holds the third spot.
Hatchbacks are still popular in Europe
The best-selling car models in the German market – Photo: Motor1
The situation in Europe is interesting. The Volkswagen Golf is the most popular new car in Germany, but as noted by JATO Dynamics, it has lost a lot of market share over the past three years. Registrations now account for 3.5% of the total market, the lowest result since 1980.
Golf’s biggest challenge in Germany comes from other Volkswagen products. The T-Roc and Tiguan are the second and third best-selling cars, respectively.
The best-selling car models in the French market – Photo: Motor1
In France, Europe’s second largest car market, the Peugeot 208 beat the Renault Clio. This is the first time since 2004, Peugeot’s B-segment small hatchback has sold more than rival Renault.
However, neither of these French hatchbacks will enjoy the growth of Dacia Sandero, which comes in at third, up 44% from 2020.
“Stars change thrones” in the UK
The best-selling cars in the UK market – Photo: Motor1
The year 2021 marks a dramatic transformation for the UK. For the first time since 2009, the Ford Fiesta does not take first place. Instead, the Vauxhall Corsa took the top spot for the first time since its introduction. Corsa has more customers than Fiesta because Ford is under pressure from the “one-man” Puma.
Meanwhile, the Tesla Model 3 took second place, which is the best result for this model among the 10 largest auto markets in the world. In third place are the three- and five-door MINI Hardtop.
I love small hatchbacks
The best-selling cars in the Italian market – Photo: Motor1
Unlike Britain, Italy’s three best-selling cars have remained largely unchanged. Fiat Panda dominated sales with 112,298 units, or 7.6% market share, up 1.2% from 2020 but down 18.8% from 2019.
The Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon came in second and third, respectively. Together, they account for 13.8% of all new car sales in Italy.
Spain loves crossovers
The best-selling car models in the Spanish market – Photo: Motor1
The top three cars in Spain include two crossovers, the Seat Arona and Hyundai Tucson, and a sedan, the Dacia Sandero. This is the first time Arona has taken the lead since its introduction in 2017.
However, Hyundai has reason to celebrate its strong performance in Spain. The Tucson has just entered its fourth generation and it beat other popular competitors in the segment such as the Nissan Qashqai (14,626 units), the Volkswagen Tiguan (7,990) and the Peugeot 3008 (16,831).
Hungarians love Suzuki
The best-selling cars in the Hungarian market – Photo: Motor1
Suzuki dominates the Hungarian market with nearly 15% market share. The Vitara is the best-selling vehicle and the S-Cross is in second place. The Vitara has been the country’s best-selling car since 2016.
The Fiat 500 came in third, and this is the best result for an Italian city car since its introduction in this market.
Turkey gu unchanged
The best-selling car models in the Turkish market – Photo: Motor1
The names that dominate the Turkish market are more or less the same as in previous years. Fiat Egea is at the top and has occupied this position since 2016. Toyota Corolla sedan and Renault Clio HB are second and third respectively.
Russia loves Lada, Indonesia chooses MPV
The best-selling cars in the Russian market – Photo: Motor1
Lada cars prevail in Russia. Vesta led with nearly 113,700 deliveries, up 6% y/y. Granta was in second place but sales fell 12% y/y. Kia Rio ranked third.
The best-selling car models in the Indonesian market – Photo: Motor1
Indonesia is the second largest auto market in Southeast Asia after Thailand. MPVs account for 45% of the country’s new car sales. In 2021, Toyota Avanza leads. Mitsubishi Xpander is second and Suzuki Carry is third.