2015 marked the fourth straight year that Toyota reached the top spot as the world’s best-selling automaker. With 10.151 million vehicles sold in 2015, Toyota beat its own calculation of selling10.098 millions vehicles. Despite a 0.8 percent drop in total sales, Toyota managed to stay at the top through sales for its main brand, and nearly 800,000 sales for Japanese subsidies Daihatsu and Hino. With improvements from redesigned models to hydrogen fuel cell cars, Toyota is aiming to continue its dominance and sell 10.114 million vehicles in 2016. What do you think their chances are of taking a fifth straight crown?
Volkswagen had a very strong showing at the beginning of 2015, edging out all automakers from January to June. Volkswagen had sold an astonishing 5.04 million vehicles during that time but was clearly affected by the emissions scandal in the second half of the year. Despite the issues they faced, Volkswagen secured the second spot with 9.93 million vehicles sold in 2015.
Reppin’ the U.S.
Detroit-based General Motors was the third-best seller at 9.8 million sales. This was a 0.2 percent jump from the previous year and the third straight year GM has broken its record for vehicle sales. With a spike in North American sales of 6 percent, GM grew retail sales in the U.S. faster than any other automaker.
Did you purchase a car in 2015? If so, what make and model? Tell us if you were one of the millions of people that contributed to the achievements of these great automakers.