The studious folks over at Jato Dynamics have released their analysis of global automotive sales for 2017, revealing the 25 best-selling vehicles in the world.
According to Jato, the automotive industry (light-commercial vehicles and passenger cars) grew to 86,05 million units in 2017, representing an increase of 2,4% or about 2,05 million units over 2016's figure.
?The automotive market performed well in 2017, with established economies maintaining growth, whilst developing markets like Russia and Brazil returned to growth following declines last year,? said Felipe Munoz, Jato?s global analyst.
As expected, SUVs contributed significantly to the industry?s strong performance, accounting for the largest market share in China, North America and Europe (the three largest regions). Indeed, SUVs reached a new record market share in 2017, accounting for 34% of the total market for the period.
The continued dominance of the SUV meant sales of traditional segments continued to decline in 2017, with compact cars, midsize sedans, wagons and MPVs impacted the most.
The Ford F-Series (with the United States accounting for some 80% of sales) was once again the world?s best-selling vehicle, as it further exerted its dominance over the Toyota Corolla, which came in second.
The Nissan X-Trail was the best-selling SUV in the world and the overall fourth best-selling vehicle, while Honda and Volkswagen both had strong years, each placing three models (Civic, CR-V and HR-V for Honda and Golf, Tiguan and Passat for VW) inside the world?s top ten.
The Toyota RAV4 placed sixth overall, while the Focus and Kuga grabbed 12th and 13th respectively for Ford.
Check out the best-sellers below (total brand sales on the left and model sales on the right)?
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