Toyota officially dethrones GM

January 5th, 2022 by

2021 was a year to remember (for a lot of reasons, some good, some bad, some just totally weird). For Toyota, it’s a year to remember for the good things. Although there were massive semi-conductor chip shortages, COVID-related shutdowns in factories and plants, and less inventory than usual, it still managed to come out on top in a big way. Drumroll, please: for the first time in 90 years straight, GM has been knocked out of the top-selling automaker spot by none other than Toyota. That’s right – Toyota was officially the top-selling automaker in America in 2021. 

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Toyota knocks GM out of top-selling automaker spot

This is a big deal not only because it’s a huge accomplishment, but also because GM has held firm to spot numero uno for 90 years straight. Since 1931, it’s been in first place without missing a single year… until now. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Toyota sold 2.3 million cars in the US in 2021, up 10.4% from 2020. GM sold 2.2 million cars, down 12.9% from the prior year.
  • Toyota increased sales of both cars and trucks last year, with the Toyota Tacoma jumping up 5.7% in sales year over year.
  • Alternative fuel vehicle sales were at 600,000 for the year, up 73%.
  • Overall, top-selling models included the ever-popular Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Toyota Tacoma, and Toyota Highlander, all of which were up in sales from last year.

So, why do people love Toyotas so much? We know we’re biased here at Toyota of Orlando, but the facts are the facts. Here are some of the reasons people just keep coming back to the Toyota family:

Variety. The Toyota lineup is impressive, spanning everything from compact and fuel-efficient hatchbacks to powerful trucks and spacious SUVS. Between the sedans, hatchbacks, trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans up for grabs, consumers can find what they need (and want) in the expansive inventory lineup.

Reliability. Toyotas are renowned on a global level – not just a national level – for their incredible reliability. These cars last for decades and well into high-mileage and not only that, but they do it with minimal problems and repairs needed.

Affordability. Not only that, when you shop for an Orlando Toyota you know you’re going to find affordable options up for grabs. All of our vehicles come in multiple trim-levels and offer packages and options that allow you to stay within your budget and still find the car you need for all of your drive time needs.

Safety. It’s also well-known that Toyota is on top of their safety game. They have an entire facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan devoted solely to safety technology research and design, and their vehicles routinely get top IIHS safety ratings across the board.

Alternative fuel options. Finally, when you shop for Toyotas, you’ll have the option of getting an alternative fuel vehicle. Whether you want one for better fuel efficiency or just cleaner performance, you’ll be able to choose from hybrid vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and soon (with the introduction of the bZ4X later this year) electric vehicles.

See for yourself why Toyota is #1 at Toyota of Orlando

Don’t take our word for it – see for yourself! Come down to Toyota of Orlando and take a test drive. We’re open seven days a week until 10 pm at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall. You can also shop online 24/7 OR call us at (407) 298-4500 to set up an appointment!