After holding the top spot for 90 years, General Motors has been knocked off its No.1 spot for the first time ever as the best-selling automaker in the USA and unsurprisingly, it’s by the other giant from the orient – Toyota.
Last year, Toyota sold a total of 2,332,262 vehicles in the USA, representing a 10.4% increase from the previous year. The figure consists of Toyota (2,027,786 units) and Lexus (304,476 units) vehicles.
By comparison, GM sold 2,218,228 units, a 12.9% drop from the previous year. The difference of 114,034 vehicles sold between the two allowed Toyota to take the top spot away from General Motors for the first time since 1931.
Sales were primarily led by the RAV4, with over 407,739 units, outselling even the Tacoma pick-up, Highlander SUV, and Camry. The Camry was also crowned the best-selling passenger car in the USA for the 20th consecutive year while the RAV4 has been the best-selling SUV in the USA for the 5th consecutive year.
In light of the annual round-up, both companies have attributed the semi-conductor chip shortage to be one of the main challenges in vehicle manufacturing in 2021.