Back at One: Toyota leads global cars sales for 2020

Updated Jan 30, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

2020 was difficult, but Toyota came out on top.

For five straight years, Volkswagen has been the world’s best-selling car brand. However, the German automaker needs to move aside as Toyota reclaims the top spot.  

In 2020, Toyota is back at being the best-selling car brand in the world. This is despite the difficulties that emerged last year, where numerous factories and dealerships around the world had to close.

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Toyota did this by managing to sell around 9.53 million vehicles in 2020, according to Automotive News. Again, an impressive feat considering that many countries were affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparison, the Volkswagen Group’s global sales dropped 15 percent, or 9.31 million cars sold.

For those unaware, Volkswagen is a huge multinational car manufacturing corporation, which owns the likes of Audi AG, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche, Skoda, and many other automotive marques.

A picture of the 2021 Toyota Supra

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The German company also owns motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, as well as MAN and Scania that makes heavy-duty trucks.

As to why this happened, let’s consider the regions where the brands are popular. The Volkswagen Group’s stomping grounds is of course Europe, where its sales dropped down 24 percent.

On the other side of the coin, Toyota has a huge presence in North America, where the lockdowns were not as strict as European countries. Toyota’s sales in China also recovered due to the region’s resumption of economic activities.

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Here in the Philippines, Toyota has indeed felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine protocols that came with the said crisis. In 2020, Toyota Motor Philippines sold a total of 99,545 units. Compare that to the company’s total sales in 2019, which numbered at 161,385. Regardless, Toyota is still the best-selling car brand in the Philippines last year.

Back to a more global perspective, Toyota is keeping an optimistic outlook for its manufacturing this year. It aims to make 8.25 million vehicles worldwide, despite the recent global shortage of semiconductors.

Toyota kept humble with regards to being the global leader in sales. A Toyota spokeswoman even said that: "Our focus is not on what our ranking maybe, but on serving our customers.”

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For the local market, Toyota Philippines offers 22 car models. The most affordable of these is the Toyota Wigo hatchback. Toyota also has three sedan models namely the Vios, the Corolla Altis, and the Camry. It then has one entry to the pickup truck segment, the Hilux. For coupes, Toyota Philippines offers two models: the GT 86 and the Supra. The Toyota local SUV segment has four models. These include the Fortuner, Land Cruiser, and Land Cruiser Prado. The Toyota MPV segment for the Philippines has three models: the Avanza, Rush, and the Innova. Then there are two Toyota vans in the Philippine market: the Hiace and the Hiace Super Grandia. For hatchbacks, there's the Wigo, the GR Yaris, Prius, and the Yaris, while the minivan segment then has the Alphard. And lastly, the crossovers sold by Toyota include the Corolla Cross, and the RAV4.

Here at, we provide the complete Toyota Philippines Price list for 2023, which we update on a monthly basis. Besides that, we also list the latest and hottest car promos ranging from low monthly amortizations, cash discounts, and low downpayments. 

For more information about the Toyota Philippines price list for 2023, as well other details regarding the brand, continue below.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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