2020’s Most Popular Cars: Rankings by Country
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Due to the global pandemic, car sales suffered in 2020. Still, some lucky drivers did get behind the wheel of a new car or truck.
The numbers are in, and the most popular vehicle in each country has been announced. Toyota was a big hit internationally, while the number one choice for U.S. customers is a perennial frontrunner.
Some may be unfamiliar with the best-selling makes in Russia and India, but Jerry gives you the low-down on these overseas favorites.
Ford’s F-Series trucks, including the F-150, consistently earn the #1 sales spot in the U.S.
Ford F-Series trucks still reign supreme in the U.S.
It came as no surprise when CNBC reported that F-Series trucks have sold better in the U.S. than any other vehicle in 2020. In fact, this has been the case for almost 40 years!
But whether this trend continues in 2021 remains to be seen. A shortage of microchips has pushed the F-150 into the third best-selling spot for Q2 of 2021, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Consumer demand for F-150s is still there, but Ford’s hands are tied. The microchip shortage has forced buyers to look elsewhere, to Ram 1500s and Chevrolet Silverados.
The first Ford F-Series truck rolled off the assembly line in 1948. Over 70 years later, Ford’s F-150 series now comes in eight different models, ranging from the modest XL to the imposing Raptor.
In recent years, F-150 drivers have encountered problems with the truck like loss of power and shattering rear windows on some older models. However, these design hiccups haven’t been enough to slow America’s love affair with the truck.
While Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet continue to dominate in the U.S., another automaker rules the foreign market.
The Toyota Hilux dominates globally
The Toyota Hilux was the top-selling vehicle in several countries, including Argentina, Australia, and South Africa. The mid-sized truck is often described as “indestructible” and is frequently a top pick for off-road competitions.
According to HotCars, the last chance to buy a Hilux in the U.S. was 1995. That year, Toyota stopped domestic production of the Hilux and introduced the Tacoma to American truck buyers. But the Hilux continues to be manufactured—and loved—overseas.
The Hilux wasn’t the only top-selling Toyota vehicle abroad. Six nations, including Taiwan, Ireland, and Finland, favored the Corolla. Meanwhile, in six others, two of which include Yemen and Bahrain, the Land Cruiser was the most purchased vehicle. The Rav4 topped the charts in five countries, including Ukraine, Estonia, and Iceland.
Just like the Hilux, the best-selling vehicles in Russia and India aren’t available in the U.S.
The LADA Granta, and other top-selling foreign cars you can’t buy in the U.S.
A subcompact car called the LADA Granta led sales in Russia. The vehicle is a joint venture of Russian company Avtovaz and the Renault Group out of France. Lada refers to the Granta as the “people’s car.” Grantas are available in countries within the European Union, Asia, northern Africa, and the Middle East.
Another subcompact, the Maruti Swift, was the top seller in India. That vehicle is manufactured by a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corp. The Swift is a sporty two-door hatchback that Maruti describes as “Too Savage, Too Stylish.” Over the years, the Swift has won awards that include Indian Car Of The Year and Car of the Year Award by Overdrive.
The appeal of both the LADA Granta and the Maruti Swift lies in their price tags. According to CNBC, the Granta sells for the equivalent of $7,000 USD, while the Swift goes for just under $8,000 USD.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if your car is a bestseller or not. It only matters that it fits with your lifestyle. To protect your investment and your family, make sure you have the right car insurance.
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