Toyota dethrones GM to become America’s top-selling automaker in 2021

The logo of Toyota Motor Corp. is displayed at the company's Mega Web car theme park in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2021, Toyota overtook General GM to become the top-selling car company in the US, marking the first time since 1931 that the Detroit automaker wasn't the best-selling car company in the country.

It's the first time a non-domestic automaker has taken the top spot in America.

Toyota took away GM's throne for the first time in 90 years due to better supply chain management. There were sporadic shutdowns of plants and record-low vehicle inventories in 2021.
In the US, GM sold 2.2 million vehicles in the year ahead, down from the year before. Toyota sold 2.3 million vehicles in the US last year, up by 10.4% from the previous year. There was a difference in the number of vehicles sold by the two companies.

According to data from industry publication automotive news, GM has been the largest seller of vehicles in the U.S. since 1931.

Ford sold 1.7 million vehicles through November, but most major automakers are not expected to report their fourth-quarter and total sales on Tuesday. In 2021, new light-duty vehicle sales are expected to be 15 million.

Industry analysts and forecasters have differing sales forecasts for the year. They range from 15.2 million to 16 million vehicles.