Toyota Bests VW in Worldwide 2020 Vehicle Sales: 2022 Taos Tour, Plus ID.4 Insider


Toyota claimed the number one spot in global light vehicle sales last year, ending VW’s nearly five-year reign at the top. 

VW took the back seat to Toyota because its pandemic-related sales slump was greater than Toyota’s.  Toyota group sales were 9.53 million (-9.53%).  VW’s global deliveries were 9.31 million (-15%).  One reason for VW’s greater decline was its reliance on the European market hit harder by COVID-19 lockdown measures.  European sales were off 24% whereas in the U.S., Toyota’s hot spot, sales slowed 14.4%.