Did you know Hyundai is all the rage in Syria, Austria has the world’s most diverse car market, and almost every vehicle in Yemen wears a Toyota badge?
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A new survey published by Automotive Touch Up has revealed the most popular car brands and models in (almost) every country – and the results may surprise you.

As many may already be aware, Toyota and its HiLux ute reign supreme in Australia.

However, did you know the Syrians adore Hyundai (which makes up 75 per cent of the local market), Chevrolet is all the rage in Egypt, Austria has the world’s most diverse market, more than half of all Sri Lankan new cars in 2020 were Suzuki Altos, and almost every vehicle in Yemen has a Toyota badge on its nose?

Renault, Volkswagen, Citroen, Khazar, Lada, Chevrolet, Dacia, Ford, Skoda, Suzuki, Maruti, Saipa, Kia, Hyundai, Fiat, Isuzu, Perodua, Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes–Benz, Honda, Seat, Volvo, General Motors, and Jeep were all found to be the best-selling manufacturer in at least one country.

While there is no nation in which Audi is the overall best selling brand, its E-Tron electric SUV impressively remains the most popular standalone model in Norway.

Toyota is comfortably the most popular international manufacturer outright, with the Japanese brand registering as the best seller in 44 of the 110 countries surveyed.

Volkswagen came in second, being the most popular brand in 17 countries. Meanwhile, Renault, Hyundai, and Chevrolet tied for third, each leading the pack in just five countries.

The world’s three most popular models (by number of countries in which they were the best-selling cars in 2020) were all Toyotas. The Toyota HiLux was the most popular car in 14 countries, while the Toyota Corolla and Toyota LandCruiser are both the most popular model in six countries.

Yemen has the highest concentration of a single model, with the Toyota LandCruiser representing 52.4 per cent of all new cars sold in 2020 (93.9 per cent of all new cars sold there were Toyotas).

Meanwhile, Austria has the lowest concentration – the Skoda Octavia was the best selling vehicle in 2020, despite capturing just 3.2 per cent of the local market.

You can read the full results of the study here.