In a particularly atypical year for the automotive industry, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toyota also managed to renew, in 2021, the title of the largest car manufacturer in the world, thanks to the almost 10.5 million cars produced. This leaves the rival Volskwagen Group at a comfortable distance.
Despite the limitations that the COVID-19 pandemic still caused in the production and delivery of essential components for the manufacture of cars (we are talking in particular about the semiconductor crisis), the Japanese brand achieved a 10.1% rise in its numbers, ending the year with a total of 10,495,548 vehicles produced.
With this result, the Toyota ended up supplanting, even comfortably, the 9,305,000 million units registered by the main rival, the Volkswagen Group.
Incidentally, the Volkswagen Group even saw its sales fall compared to the previous year, with a drop of 4.5% in 2021. This drop, even so, will not have been a big surprise, if we take into account, for example, the 31% drop in sales by the German group, during the month of November, in Europe.
Still waiting on the other side of the Atlantic
However, and although these are large numbers, still to be known are final data relating to General Motors (GM) and Stellantis, which are yet to be announced.
New record. BMW ends 2021 as the best year ever in sales
According to the news agency Reuters, what is certain is that, for the first time since 1931, the Detroit giant did not lead the North American market, having been overtaken precisely by… Toyota.
Electric cars with growing weight in the Volkswagen Group
At Volkswagen, we highlight the fact that the electric vehicles now represent 5.1% of sales, with the total reaching 452,900 units.
Finally, since the issues related to the production and delivery of components are not yet settled, it is difficult to predict the evolution of the market in 2022. Yet some groups seem more guarded than others, due to circumstances such as the production of semiconductors within borders.