We all want to be the first. It is obvious that the human being is competitive by nature and in the automobile industry that was not going to change. Selling many cars does not guarantee you being profitable (it causes more expenses and you may not have many benefits per unit sold), but it is always a satisfaction to know that one year you have put more new cars into circulation than anyone else.
We now know, according to the data published by the Focus2move colleagues, that Toyota has been the best-selling car brand in the world. It exceeds almost two million units to Volkswagen and remains 2.6 million ahead of Ford, the third in sales worldwide.
Here are 50 largest car manufacturers in 2017. So, most sold car brands in the world: Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Chevrolet, KIA, Renault, Mercedes, Peugeot, BMW, Audi, Fiat, Maruti, Mazda, Suzuki, Changan, Buick, Jeep, Geely, Skoda, Wuling, Opel, Subaru, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Baojun, Dongfeng, Daihatsu, Haval, Ram, GMC, Lexus, Dacia, Dodge, Volvo, BAIC, Chery, SAIPA, Trumpchi, Seat, JAC, Land Rover, BYD, Isuzu, Roewe, Foton, Mini, Cadillac.
After the Chinese, we find 9 Japanese manufacturers, 8 from the United States, 5 German or 3 French. There is also an Indian manufacturer (Maruti, ranked 15) and an Iranian (Saipa, located at position 40).
In the fight of the three classic premium German brands, Mercedes-Benz, unseated BMW as a leading brand in the premium segment worldwide. Audi remains in third position and is the one that less grows of the trio (perhaps because of the diesel that has taken its toll) but we must emphasize that it is the sixth consecutive year of record sales for the three firms. Lexus is retreating this year and Volvo is growing at a good pace, but it is still far away. Alfa Romeo? It is not even in the Top 50. It is the Chinese brands that grow the most. Specifically three: Roewe (70.5%), Geely (56.7%) and Baojun (32.7%). There are also three firms in that country that recorded the biggest drop in sales JAC (-26.4%), BAIC (-22.6%) and Haval (-18.7%).
It is possible that you have also read that Volkswagen was crowned as the first world manufacturer and the data you saw above have surprised you. And, as a group, it has managed to overcome Toyota. We have to bear in mind that the 10,413,455 units sold are the sum of nine brands Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen commercial vehicles … While Toyota has just four Lexus, Daihatsu, Hino and Toyota itself.