Budget Direct Car Insurance released an infographic highlighting the best-selling vehicles in the world, using 2019 year-end sales data. There are many factors which come into consideration when consumers are buying cars. 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. There is also a factor of which are the main manufacturer in the country.

Automakers have to compete to attract consumers in every country. To do so, they built factories, renamed models, and even built specific cars to fit the taste of the buyers in countries.

Perodua Myvi: The Best-Selling Car in Malaysia
Perodua Myvi: The Best-Selling Car in Malaysia

As we can see from the map above, Perodua Myvi dominated the market in being the best-selling cars. As they locals called it, they are the ‘King of the Road’. Perodua Myvi has been the most preferred car in Malaysia for a few years running. In 2020, Myvi sold a total 66,330 units, even though new car sales went down in 2020, just like most countries around the world.

According to Visual Capitalist, there is one thing that is ascertain: Toyota’s dominance in the global market. 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.

Best-Selling Vehicles by Type:

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