Toyota claims best-selling global car brand crown in 2021

Updated Jan 31, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Japanese car brand is on top for two years in a row.

Toyota Motor Corporation is once again the world’s best-selling car brand in 2021. The Japanese car company has claimed the best-selling crown for two years in a row after securing the top spot in the sales race in 2020. This also means that Toyota managed to beat the Volkswagen Group for the second straight year.

Toyota Corolla Cross front view

Japanese automaker Toyota came out strong in 2021

A 10.1 percent sales improvement was posted from 2020 to 2021, translating to 10.5 million units sold. Part of this feat is the contribution brought by the company’s two Japanese marques including Daihatsu Motor Co. and Hino Motors Ltd. Daihatsu is responsible for manufacturing small cars, while Hino delivers commercial vehicles (CVs).

In comparison to Volkswagen Group which sold 8.88 million units in 2021, Toyota Motor Corporation has widened the lead over its European rival. Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche are some of the automakers that helped the German multinational car manufacturer bag the silver medal last year.

Toyota's manufacturing plant

Toyota's production will reportedly slow down this year

One can suggest that the pandemic played a role in the battle between the two said giant automotive companies. Considering that lockdowns happen more frequently in Europe in the last two years, the Volkswagen Group took a toll on production including the shortage of semiconductor chips and workforce.

But in 2022, Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it suspended operations in its plants in Japan due to the rising COVID-19. As a result, the target of selling 700,000 units in February 2022 has been reduced massively by around 78.6 percent (150,000 units). Moreover, the company expects to fall short of its projected nine million units produced for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2022.

Toyota Vios front view

The Vios lived another year at the top

Here in the Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) should still be the best-selling car company once official sales reports are posted considering its impressive sales performance reported in October 2021. The top three models of TMP in the 2021 sales ranking include the Vios with 35,095 units sold, Hilux with 18,969 units sold, and Wigo with 17,491 units sold.

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Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross 2022

Toyota Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla Cross is essentially the crossover version of the Corolla Altis. It shares the same TNGA-C platform as its sedan brother, and it has the same selection of powertrains at least for the local market.  

Currently, there are two available variants for the Corolla Cross. The entry-level variant is the Corolla Cross G 1.8 CVT and it has a price tag of Php 1,285,000. The top-spec model meanwhile is the Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT, which can be had for Php 1,650,000. Later in 2022, Toyota PH then added the Corolla Cross GR-S, which is priced at Php 1,774,000.

The Philippine-spec Corolla Cross has two available engine options. For the G-trim, it uses a 1.8-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that can produce up to 138 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque. The V-trim and GR-S in turn both use a 1.8-liter hybrid engine capable of making up to 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque. All variants are front-wheel-drive, and all use a continuously variable transmission.  

Size-wise, the Toyota Corolla Cross measures 4,460mm in length, 1,825mm in width, and 1,620mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,640mm, and a ground clearance of 161 mm. 

Locally, this Toyota-made crossover competes against the likes of the Subaru XV, the Honda HR-V, Ford Territory, Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30

₱ 1,303,000 - ₱ 1,774,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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