Toyota Tops General Motors in U.S. Sales

By Staff Writer January 06, 2022


Toyota Motor North America reported December U.S. 2021 sales of 174,115 vehicles, a decrease of 30.2 percent on a volume basis and down 27.7 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis compared to December 2020.

For calendar year 2021, TMNA reported U.S. sales of 2,332,262 vehicles, an increase of 10.4 percent on a volume basis and an increase of 11.5 percent on a DSR basis. Toyota dethroned General Motors as America’s top-selling automaker for the year, marking the first time since 1931 that GM wasn’t the best-selling car company in the country.

Toyota division posted December U.S. sales of 150,072 vehicles, down 29.0 percent on a volume basis and down 26.4 percent on a DSR basis. For the year, Toyota reported U.S. sales of 2,027,786 vehicles, up 10.3 percent on a volume basis and up 11.4 percent on a DSR basis.

Lexus division posted December U.S. sales of 24,043 vehicles, down 37.1 percent on a volume basis and down 34.8 percent on a DSR basis. For the year, Lexus reported U.S. sales of 304,476 vehicles, up 10.7 percent on a volume basis and up 11.8 percent on a DSR basis.

“Despite a second consecutive year of challenges, TMNA focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience, and we remain optimistic as our electrification strategy further evolves,” said Jack Hollis, senior vice president, Automotive Operations Group, TMNA. “Thanks to our phenomenal dealers and world-class purchasing and manufacturing teams, our inventory continues to improve and we’re preparing to introduce 21 all-new, refreshed or special edition vehicles in 2022.”

Year-End Highlights for Toyota

  • No. 1 seller of Electric Powered Vehicles (EPVs) for 22 consecutive years
  • 2021 EPV sales totaled 583,697 vehicles, an increase of 73.2 percent
  • EPV sales make up one-quarter of TMNA’s 2021 sales volume
  • 18 total EPVs available in dealerships between both the Toyota and Lexus brands, the most among any automaker, with two more in showrooms by middle of 2022
  • TMNA passenger cars make up approximately 22 percent of the segment – a record – and will finish No. 1 in the segment for the 10th consecutive year.
  • Announced new investments totaling nearly $3 billion into U.S. manufacturing operations, including the company’s new battery manufacturing facility in North Carolina to produce lithium-ion batteries; these investments will result in 4,650 new jobs across four states to support and produce new products including future electrics
  • TMNA’s digital retail sales of new vehicles through its SmartPath and Monogram platforms surged past 50,000 at nearly 140 dealers; more than 300 dealers will go live on both platforms by middle of 2022.

Toyota Division:

  • No. 1 retail brand for the 10th consecutive year
  • No. 1 passenger car market share for 10th consecutive year
  • Division’s EPV sales up 80.6 percent in 2021
  • Camry best-selling passenger car in the U.S. for 20th consecutive year
  • Highlander best-selling midsized SUV for the 6th consecutive year
  • RAV4 best-selling SUV in the U.S. for 5th consecutive year
  • Sienna best-selling retail small van in the U.S. for the first-time ever
  • Tacoma best-selling small pickup for 17th consecutive year


Lexus Division:

  • Division’s EPV sales up 24.6 percent in 2021
  • No. 1light truck market share for 3rd consecutive year
  • NX (gas, hybrid and plug-in) best-selling entry luxury SUV
  • Passenger car sales up 12.9 percent in 2021; IS sees 61.8 percent increase
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