The Tesla Model 3 hits Global top 10 best-selling cars in 2021. Full ranking

Elon Musk anticipated it: Tesla products would become the world’s most popular cars in the near future. He was not wrong. Last year, the Tesla Model 3 was among the world’s top 10 best-selling cars according to my own research and data for 106 markets. They represented 99.32% of the total last year.

The protagonists:

  • Tesla Model 3, hits the top 10 and keeps climbing. It should hit the top 5 by the end of this year.
  • Toyota RAV4 outsells the Corolla, and becomes the first ever SUV to achieve this position.
  • Toyota Hilux gets more traction thanks to its strong position in many developing markets.
  • Toyota Highlander gains more traction than ever thanks to the latest generation, also available in China.
  • Tesla Model Y in top 20. It is expected to outsell the Model 3 by the end of this year.
  • Wuling Hongguang Mini EV proves that an affordable EV can be a big success.

Big losers

  • Big American trucks. Will the electric versions help to boost sales?
  • Volkswagen’s most iconic products: Jetta, Polo, Golf, Passat. Lack of availability, more competition, and SUV boom affected sales.
  • Renault Clio, Chevrolet Equinox, Wuling Hongguang V.

Note: this ranking splits the models by bodytype and brand, with the exception of Opel/Vauxhall and Suzuki/Maruti.

The 106 markets include: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.

Special thanks to all the followers that shared the data or liaise with the right contact.

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  4. EVs only sell because governments use a pernicious cocktail of incentives and coercion to create an artificial market for them. Meanwhile, cynical EV automakers ruthlessly take advantage of this situation by collectively refusing to invest in R&D that would potentially make EVs viable in a rational automotive market. This results in technological stagnation, and the most egregious symptom of this is the exceptionally long charging times, which are unacceptably long.

    There’s not a single good reason why charging an EV from a fully depleted to a fully charged battery should take more than a maximum of five minutes. Not a single one! And yet, incredibly, charging an EV takes a lot longer than five minutes, which is totally unacceptable. And contrary to what some dimwits seem to have been brainwashed into believing, sleeping, eating, shopping and toilet breaks have no impact whatsoever on charging performance and are thus of zero relevance.

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    • Tesla’s federal tax subsidies of $7500/vehicle went away years before Tesla became a top 10 best seller! ZEV credits are expected to go to zero so quickly most analysts report Tesla’s earnings without the benefit of credit sales to other manufacturers who are still making gasoline vehicles. Meanwhile, GM has made 26 EV’s since last year and owes the government billions of dollars we will never see.

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    • Tesla have not had the benefit of incentives in the US for years. Incentives in the UK have been rolled back, Yet still their order backlog continues to grow despite huge production increases. What you are saying may have been true 6 years ago, today it’s no longer true.

      I agree charging times are important. It takes me about 3 seconds to charge my car from any charge level to full. It takes a lot longer to fill a car with gasoline or diesel. Many fossil fuel car owners have been brainwashed into believing that it is necessary to visit a fueling station periodically and wait next to your car while it fuels. How quaint.

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