Best selling SUV models worldwide in 2019

The Toyota RAV4 was the best-selling SUV model in 2019 for a second year in a row with sales increasing by roughly 14 percent. Toyota models were also amongst the best-selling cars and light trucks. The United States is one of the most important regions for SUV sales, making up a significant portion of all new vehicle purchases.

Toyota as an SUV market leader

Toyota, as the most valuable car brand worldwide based on brand value, boasts further SUV models in its core segment, such as the C-HR, 4Runner, Highlander, and Sequoia. Small and large SUVs make up two of Toyota’s top-four segments. For another year running, Honda represents Toyota’s main competitor in the SUV market.

SUVs and carbon footprint

As demand for SUVs is growing at a steady rate, so is the urgency to curb CO2 emissions across the globe. SUVs have been ranked the second-largest contributor to overall global carbon dioxide emissions over the last few years due to their size, aerodynamics, and weight. In this context, Toyota aims to achieve zero carbon emissions in its manufacturing plants by 2050 and additionally reduce CO2 emissions from its next-generation vehicles by approximately 90 percent by 2050.

Best-selling SUV models worldwide in 2019

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March 2020



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