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autoevolution's toyota month

Toyota rocks. And that's not some personal opinion - it’s all in the numbers. Take a good long look at them below, and the enormity of it all is instantly revealed: the Japanese are ruling the auto world.

It’s been ages since anyone seriously challenged Toyota. Sure, Volkswagen is trying to be put up a fight by throwing in the full might of its gazillion nameplates: VW, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche. And that’s before counting the commercial vehicle and truck divisions.

Yet Toyota seems to easily fend off the Germans with a significantly less pompous portfolio of brands: Toyota and Lexus. Sure, it has others, like Daihatsu or Hino, but they don’t count for much in the grand scheme of things.

How big is Toyota? The biggest. In 2020, the carmaker sold over 9.5 million cars, compared to VW’s 9.3 million, making it the emperor of the world once more.

And the king of the States, one might add. Here’s why.

In America, Toyota presently sells eight passenger car models. One of them, the Camry, was the best-seller of its segment, for the 19th consecutive year. It sells two trucks, and one of them, the Tacoma, ranked first in the small pickup segment 16 consecutive times. It also offers seven SUVs and crossovers, with the RAV4 crowned leader for the fourth consecutive year.

And, the cherry on the cake, over 2.1 million of last year’s Toyota vehicles were sold in the U.S., making the carmaker the best-selling retail brand nine years in a row.

For some time now, autoevolution has been running month-long special coverages on various topics. Somehow, Toyota has escaped the scrutiny of our army of writers. Not anymore, as in March we’re going after the Japanese, pens and keyboards blazing, in what shall become known as Toyota Month.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

Mid-Engined 2021 Toyota Supra Rendering Looks Like a McLaren From Space
Mid-Engined 2021 Toyota Supra Rendering Looks Like a McLaren From Space

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Bonneville 2021 Toyota Supra Rendering Takes After Real Record-Setter
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Toyota 86 JDM Widebody Looks Like a Gundam Ferrari Testarossa Mix
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A Comprehensive Look at the Legendary Toyota 2JZ Engine
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New Toyota 86 Rendered With Classic Hachi-Roku Design Looks Sharp
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30 Mar 2021, 09:38 UTC / The pixel portrait currently on our screens portrays a modern Toyota AE86, and the machine is based on the 86 sports car

 
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30 Mar 2021, 09:15 UTC / Faith in humanity is restored as wife decides to use her inheritance money to buy a car her husband used to own after she felt like she forced him to sell it

 
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30 Mar 2021, 07:55 UTC / We have seen a few outrageous (and sometimes hilarious) automotive face swaps, but this time around, we can imagine fans from both sides will disregard this

 
Toyota GR Yaris Goes Rallying After All, but There's an Australian AP4 Catch
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30 Mar 2021, 07:09 UTC / Toyota Australia and Neal Bates Motorsport are behind the introduction of the new GR Yaris AP4, which has been created specifically for Asia-Pacific 4WD

 
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1978 Toyota Chinook Is the Ultimate Go-Anywhere Camper Truck

29 Mar 2021, 11:40 UTC / These truck-based campers were of the compact variety, but many of them were fitted with pop-tops that created a six-foot-high lounge

 
Toyota Makes the 2021 Yaris Cross More Adventurous Prior to Fall Sales Debut
Toyota Makes the 2021 Yaris Cross More Adventurous Prior to Fall Sales Debut

29 Mar 2021, 09:16 UTC / From September, Europe will get the Yaris Cross, a small SUV positioned below the C-HR, and the company has now presented all grades, including the Adventure

 
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29 Mar 2021, 08:30 UTC / Unfortunately, the driver of the AWD pocket rocket also had a friend on board and they kept annoying us with their conversation coming on top the engine sound

 
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29 Mar 2021, 07:49 UTC / There are so many advantages to this 12k-mile Japanese truck that will certainly make anyone dream about ruling the off-road; there's also a big downside

 
Toyota GR Yaris Gets Reviewed, Is More Old School Impreza Than Mitsubishi Evo
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27 Mar 2021, 08:39 UTC / No matter how many GR Yaris reviews you get to see, chances are you'll always learn something new about it, and you'll be even more eager to drive it too.

 
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26 Mar 2021, 21:15 UTC / Toyota has done an amazing job with the AE86 Corolla, but not many people are into driving a sports car with less than 200 horsepower these days.