For the first time in history, the best-selling car model of the year globally is an SUV, not a sedan – Photo: Toyota
Global sales data for 2021, after 6 months of summarizing from all over the world, is complete. The figures below are collected from 106 markets from 5 continents and account for 99% of total car sales in the world for the whole year, so the deviation can be considered very small compared to reality.
The list of 10 best-selling passenger cars in the world in 2021 has a very noticeable appearance, that is, Tesla Model 3 has entered the 9th position with 508,000 cars sold, an increase of 40% compared to the previous year. 2020. This is the first time a pure electric vehicle has entered the list of 10 best-selling cars globally.
Top 10 best-selling car models in the world – Data source: Motor1, Vietnamese chemistry: NGUYEN MAI LINH
Toyota RAV4 (also known as Wildlander in China) also makes history as the first SUV to lead the global rankings after decades of this position held by sedans.
The figure of 1.13 million vehicles that RAV4 achieved in 2021 increased by 6% compared to the previous 12 months. RAV4’s biggest rival, Honda CR-V, ranked third with a 3% increase compared to 2020 to 903,000 vehicles. Another name that once led the global mid-size SUV segment, the Nissan X-Trail/Rogue, is now not in the top 10, but still ranks above the Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape/Kuga.
Wuling Hongguang Mini EV rose to No. 1 in the small urban car segment – Data source: Motor1, Photo: NGUYEN MAI LINH
In the small SUV segment, the Honda HR-V entered the top 10 in 6th place thanks to a 20% increase in sales attributed to China, Latin America, Japan and Southeast Asia pedals. The closest competitor is the Volkswagen T-Cross, which has only half as much sales as the HR-V, followed by the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Volkswagen T-Roc.
Top 5 best-selling SUV models in each segment – Data source: Motor1, Photo: NGUYEN MAI LINH
Meanwhile, large/luxury SUVs are led by Toyota Highlander (443,000 units, up 31%), followed by Tesla Model Y (ranked 19 overall), BMW X3, Ford Explorer, Jeep Wrangler, Mercedes-Benz GLC , Audi Q5 and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The urban car category saw an electric SUV from China take the lead, which was Wuling Hongguang Mini EV (20th place), followed by Volkswagen Polo (European focus) and Suzuki Swift (India focus). In the size segment right above, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic respectively share the top 3 positions.
Top 5 best-selling vehicles in the pickup, minivan and sports car segments – Data source: Motor1, Photo: NGUYEN MAI LINH
If only luxury cars are counted, the BMW 3-Series is the best-selling sedan in 2021 (329,000 units, up 12%) thanks to strong sales in North America, China and Japan – Korea, followed by the 5-Series (277,000 units). then Mercedes-Benz E-Class and C-Class.
In the pickup segment, Ford F-150 thanks to its strong position in North America still holds the No. 1 position, however, the sales gap of US cars is no longer large when compared to the mid-sized Toyota Hilux with high coverage. globally (562,000 vs 549,000).
Finally, the Ford Mustang remains the best-selling sports car globally in 2021 but with sales down 15% compared to 2020.