These were the most popular cars in 2022


The year 2022 is now behind us. It was a difficult year marked by global inflationary pressures, the war in Ukraine and its impact on energy costs in Europe, and many other geopolitical tensions. Against this backdrop, the automotive industry posted mixed results over the year.

In this edition of Motor1 numbers We’ve compiled data on the world’s best-selling cars in 2022 through the work of our network’s editors, and here’s what we came up with.

2022 best selling vehicles in China

2022 best selling vehicles in China

China, healthy thanks to electric vehicles

The situation in the world’s largest automotive market was quite good given the global challenges. Volume increased 2% compared to 2021 to 26.86 million units. The volume was even better than in 2019 before the pandemic hit. It is the first time that this market is almost twice the size of the US.

Much of the growth has been fueled by electric vehicles, which have been heavily boosted by the central government. According to the preliminary data, these vehicles accounted for 20% of the total sales, with the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV making the top 3 by model.

USA, the situation is getting worse

The second largest market was more exposed to inflationary pressures and higher interest rates. Vehicle sales totaled 13.83 million units, down 8% from 2021 and the lowest since 2012. Volume was 19% lower than 2019.

Despite the poor results, consumers continued to switch from sedans and MPVs to SUVs and trucks, and Tesla continued to gain traction, taking two of its models to the top of the BEV rankings. Nevertheless, electric cars still make up a small part of the total.

2022 best selling vehicles in the US

2022 best selling vehicles in the US

Europe, the free fall continues

meanwhile in Europe the situation is no different than in the American case. Data for the top 4 markets (Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain), which account for around 75% of the entire region, shows that the decline hasn’t stopped.

In 2022, sales totaled 9.05 million units, down 6% from 2021. Volume decreased by 7% compared to the pandemic year (2020) and by 29% compared to 2019. In four years, the market lost more than 3.7 million units.

2022 best-selling vehicles in Germany

2022 best-selling vehicles in Germany

2022 best-selling vehicles in France

2022 best-selling vehicles in France

The situation is pretty much the same in all five countries. France and Italy saw the sharpest declines compared to 2021, while German numbers remained stable. However, they all recorded double-digit drops between 2019 and 2022. The shortage of new cars at dealerships and the rising cost of living, also due to the energy crisis, explain the critical situation.

2022 best selling vehicles in Italy

2022 best selling vehicles in Italy

2022 best selling vehicles in Spain

2022 best selling vehicles in Spain

Interestingly, while the overall model ranking continued to be dominated by traditional models, the BEV ranking had a clear winner. the Tesla Model Y impressed by the leadership of the BEV markets in Germany and the UK, the two largest markets for these cars in Europe.

2022 best selling vehicles in the UK

2022 best selling vehicles in the UK

The bright spots

In contrast to America and Europe, the situation in Australia, India, Indonesia and Turkey was quite good. The volume not only increased between 2021 and 2022, but higher than two and three years earlier.

India, for example, had an all-time record 4.37 million units, making it the third largest vehicle market in the world ahead of Japan. This is the first time India outsells Japan.

2022 best selling vehicles in Australia

2022 best selling vehicles in Australia

2022 Best Selling Vehicles in India

2022 Best Selling Vehicles in India

2022 best selling vehicles in Indonesia

2022 best selling vehicles in Indonesia

2022 best selling vehicles in Turkey

2022 best selling vehicles in Turkey

In Indonesia, the industry is firmly heading towards the volume of 1 million units/year that took place between 2013 and 2018. The volume increased by 17% compared to 2021 and by 95% compared to 2020. Interestingly, consumers reacted quite positively to the launch of the local made electric Wuling Air.

2022 best-selling vehicles in Russia

2022 best-selling vehicles in Russia

2022 best selling vehicles in Brazil

2022 best selling vehicles in Brazil

2022 best selling vehicles in Argentina

2022 best selling vehicles in Argentina

 The best-selling cars in each country in 2022

  • Argentina: Fiat Cronos (38,769)
  • Australia: Toyota Hilux (64,391)
  • Brazil: Fiat Strada (112.456)
  • China: BYD Song Plus (459,424)
  • France: Peugeot 208 (88.812)
  • Germany: Volkswagen Golf (84.282)
  • India: Maruti Wagon R (217.317)
  • Indonesia: Daihatsu Gran Max (65.062)
  • Italy: Fiat Panda (105.384)
  • United Kingdom: Nissan Qashqai (42,704)
  • Russia: Lada Granta (99.356)
  • Spain: Hyundai Tucson (21,985)
  • United States: Ford F-Series (653,957)
  • Turkey: Fiat Egea (68,779)

The author of the article, Felipe Munoz, is a specialist in the automotive industry at آ JATO dynamics.



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