The Best-Selling Vehicles In The World By Country

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Each country has different preferences for goods, and vehicles are no different.

Consumers in a dense country might prefer smaller cars, while countries with wide expanses (and parking spots) open the way for larger trucks. Likewise, rugged terrain might call for vehicles that can adapt and scale quickly.

And it’s also a question of which manufacturer invested in the country. As the world’s largest automakers have raced to attract consumers in every corner of the globe, they built factories, renamed models, and even built specific cars to fit the tastes of individual countries.

This infographic from Budget Direct Car Insurance highlights the best-selling vehicles in the world, using 2019 year-end sales data.

What is the Most Popular Vehicle in Each Country?

Though the map might vary across the board, one thing is certain: Toyota’s dominance.

The Japanese automaker—which was also the most valuable automaker in the world for many years before being overtaken by Tesla—had the best-selling vehicle in 41 countries of the 104 countries tallied.

It also had the world’s best-selling vehicle in 2019, the Toyota Corolla, though the sedan only took the top spot itself in five countries.

COUNTRY BEST-SELLING VEHICLE TYPE
Algeria Dacia Sandero Subcompact
American Samoa Toyota Tacoma Truck
Angola Toyota Land Cruiser J70 SUV
Argentina Toyota Hilux Truck
Australia Toyota Hilux Truck
Austria Skoda Octavia Sedan
Azerbaijan Khazar SD/LD Sedan
Bahrain Toyota Land Cruiser SUV
Belarus Lada Vesta Sedan
Belgium VW Golf Hatchback
Bosnia and Herzegovina Skoda Octavia Sedan
Botswana Toyota Hilux Truck
Brazil Chevrolet Onix Subcompact
Canada Ford F-Series Truck
Chile Mitsubishi L-200 Truck
China VW Lavida Sedan
Colombia Renault Sandero Subcompact
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Toyota Hilux Truck
Croatia Skoda Octavia Sedan
Cyprus Toyota Yaris Subcompact
Czech Republic Skoda Octavia Sedan
Denmark Nissan Qashqai SUV
Ecuador Chevrolet Spark Subcompact
Egypt Chevrolet T-Series Truck
Estonia Toyota Rav4 SUV
Fiji Toyota Hilux Truck
Finland Skoda Octavia Sedan
France Peugeot 208 I Subcompact
Georgia Renault/Dacia Duster SUV
Germany VW Golf Hatchback
Greece Toyota Yaris Subcompact
Hungary Suzuki Vitara SUV
Iceland Toyota Rav4 SUV
India Maruti Alto Hatchback
Indonesia Toyota Avanza Van
Iran Saipa Pride Sedan
Iraq Kia Frontier Truck
Ireland Toyota Corolla Sedan
Israel Toyota Corolla Sedan
Italy Fiat Panda Subcompact
Japan Honda N-BOX Subcompact
Jordan Hyundai Tucson SUV
Kazakhstan Toyota Camry Sedan
Kenya Toyota Hilux Truck
Kosovo Dacia Sandero Subcompact
Kuwait Toyota Land Cruiser SUV
Latvia Toyota Corolla Sedan
Lebanon Toyota Land Cruiser SUV
Lesotho Toyota Hilux Truck
Liechtenstein VW Golf Hatchback
Lithuania Fiat 500 Subcompact
Luxembourg VW Golf Hatchback
Macedonia Kia Sportage SUV
Malawi Toyota Hilux Truck
Malaysia Perodua Myvi Hatchback
Mexico Nissan Versa Sedan
Moldova Dacia Logan Sedan
Monaco Smart Fortwo Subcompact
Morocco Dacia Dokker Van
Namibia Toyota Hilux Truck
Netherlands Tesla Model 3 Sedan
New Zealand Ford Ranger Truck
Norway Tesla Model 3 Sedan
Oman Toyota Land Cruiser SUV
Pakistan Toyota Corolla Sedan
Panama Toyota Hilux Truck
Papua New Guinea Toyota Land Cruiser J70 SUV
Paraguay Chevrolet Onix Subcompact
Peru Toyota Hilux Truck
Philippines Toyota Vios Subcompact
Poland Skoda Octavia Sedan
Portugal Renault Clio Hatchback
Qatar Toyota Land Cruiser SUV
Romania Dacia Logan Sedan
Russia Lada Granta Subcompact
Samoa Toyota Hiace Van
Saudi Arabia Hyundai Accent Subcompact
Senegal Mitsubishi L200 Truck
Serbia Skoda Octavia Sedan
Singapore Honda Vezel/HR-V SUV
Slovakia Skoda Fabia Subcompact
Slovenia Renault Clio Hatchback
Solomon Islands Toyota Hilux Truck
South Africa Toyota Hilux Truck
South Korea Hyundai Grandeur Sedan
Spain SEAT Leon Hatchback
Sri Lanka Suzuki Alto Hatchback
Swaziland (Eswatini) Toyota Hilux Truck
Sweden Volvo S/V60 Sedan/Wagon
Switzerland Skoda Octavia Sedan
Syria Hyundai Tucson SUV
Taiwan Toyota Corolla Sedan
Thailand Toyota Hilux Truck
Tonga Toyota Hilux Truck
Tunisia Renault Clio Hatchback
Turkey Fiat Egea Sedan
Ukraine Kia Sportage SUV
United Arab Emirates Toyota Land Cruiser SUV
United Kingdom Ford Fiesta Subcompact
United States Ford F-150 Truck
Uruguay Renault Kwid Hatchback
Venezuela Toyota Fortuner SUV
Vietnam Toyota Vios Subcompact
Yemen Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

As the best-seller in 16 countries, the Toyota Hilux truck (also known as the Toyota Pickup in North America) was the top vehicle in the most countries. It has a noticeably strong market share in the Southern Hemisphere, including in ArgentinaSouth Africa, and Australia.

The other consistent factor was the strength of local manufacturers. Many countries with large automakers had local models as the best-selling vehicles, especially in Europe.

COUNTRY WITH LOCAL BEST-SELLER VEHICLE
Czech Republic Škoda Octavia
France Peugeot 208 I
Germany VW Golf
India Maruti Alto
Iran SAIPA Pride
Italy Fiat Panda
Japan Honda N-BOX
Malaysia Perodua Myvi
Romania Dacia Logan
Russia Lada Granta
South Korea Hyundai Grandeur
Spain SEAT León
Sweden Volvo S/V60
U.S. Ford F-150

Cars are the Best-Selling Vehicles in the World

So what do car consumers currently prefer? Currently, cars have a slight edge over trucks as the best-selling vehicles in the world.

Of the 104 countries with sales tallied for the study, smaller cars often classified as “passenger vehicles” (including sedans, hatchbacks, and subcompacts) made up the majority of best-sellers, with 57 of the best-selling vehicles by country.

Meanwhile, “light trucks” or “light commercial vehicles,” which include trucks, SUVs, and vans, were best-sellers in 47 countries.

Best-Selling Vehicles by Type

  • Hatchback: 12
  • Sedan: 25
  • Sedan/Wagon: 1
  • Subcompact: 19
  • SUV: 20
  • Truck: 24
  • Van: 3

But changing car consumption preferences are already making their mark. The electric vehicle (EV) Tesla Model 3 was already the best-selling vehicle in both the Netherlands and Norway, and other countries like China are increasing incentives for consumers to purchase EVs.

That’s not even factoring in the slowdown of travel during the COVID pandemic, more workers going remote, and the semiconductor strain on automakers. A truly post-COVID world will likely transform the map even further.

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