The pandemic and the chip crisis have not stopped the Toyota group from closing 2021 Once again first overall in terms of sales all over the world, beating the Volkswagen Group. A result that highlights how the Japanese were able to keep production mostly in line despite a particularly complex year for the automotive sector. Toyota Group sales, which also include those of its subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motors, increased 10.1% to 10.5 million units (10,495,548 to be exact). The growth, therefore, demonstrates how Toyota has been good at limiting the damage and gaining an advantage over the competition.
The Japanese, therefore, have exploited their ability to manage the supply chain in a year full of disruptions ranging from blockages triggered by Covid to chip shortages.
In the second place, as mentioned, we find the Volkswagen Group which stops at 8.88 million vehicles in 2021 (8,882,000 units to be precise). A result that highlights a drop of 4.5% in 2020. The Germans have suffered much more than Toyota from the problem of the chip crisis.
Last year, the Japanese had always managed to take the lead in this ranking but the gap with the Germans was much more limited. In third place, for the moment, we find the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance with almost 7.2 million cars sold in 2021 (7,174,673 to be precise). The ranking is not yet complete as all the global data of the Groups are not yet available. In any case, the first position does not seem to be in question.
Toyota, therefore, closed a positive 2021, despite the unfavorable economic situation in the sector. This is a very important signal given 2022, especially if the problem of the supply of semiconductors were to begin to hinder the activities of car manufacturers less.