The Volkswagen Group has held its lead in the global auto sales race. Last year, the German automotive giant shifted nearly 11 million cars, trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles worldwide. 2019 was a banner year for the VW Group, as they were able to sustain growth with a 1.3 percent gain in global sales.

Volkswagen Auto Group keeps crown of world

Volkswagen Group consists of Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, MAN Trucks and Buses, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, Skoda, and Traton. With all their sales combined, they shifted 10.97 million cars around the world. With those figures, they took the top spot for the fourth year in a row, beating out Toyota Motor Corporation.

Volkswagen Auto Group keeps crown of world

Even though Toyota was unable to knock Volkswagen off the top perch, they still had a good 2019 nonetheless. Japan's largest automaker reported 1.4 percent growth last year, bringing their total to 10.74 million sales, relegating the French-Japanese trio of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to third. Toyota's total figure also includes vehicles from their other subsidiaries, namely Lexus, Daihatsu, and Hino. The company credits strong sales from Lexus, along with a host of all-new models (Corolla, RAV4, HiAce) for their continued momentum.

Volkswagen Auto Group keeps crown of world

While Volkswagen and Toyota posted growth in 2019, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance reported lower total sales. Total sales are down 5.6 percent, but they still sold over 10 million cars nonetheless. Cumulative sales of Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia, and Lada amounted to 10.17 million units worldwide.

2020 will look like a close fight between Volkswagen and Toyota. The gap between the two is approximately 230,000 vehicles and could swing either way as the year progresses. Toyota has a strong line-up of new vehicles such as the Corolla, RAV4, and Hiace, and there's an all-new Yaris, a strong seller in Japan and Continental Europe, that's been introduced as well.

On the flipside, Volkswagen is keeping its momentum going with the all-new Golf, which is Europe's best-selling car, and the all-new Jetta, traditionally North America's top-selling European car.