Best-Selling

These are each automaker's best-selling vehicles in 2020

The Cadillac XT5 is the automaker's best-selling model.

Photo courtesy of Cadillac

We all have a pretty good idea of what the most popular vehicles in the country are - trucks and SUVs. But, what are the most popular Cadillac, Fiat, Infiniti, and Tesla models? This list showcases which mass market models are most popular for each automaker.

This list uses self-reported automaker sales numbers to determine the most popular models. Some companies, like Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo have stopped sharing those numbers. For those reasons they're not on the list. Super luxury cars sold by the likes of Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin aren't tallied by model, rather a total number. So, they're not included on this list either.

To see the latest roster of best-selling trucks in 2020, click here. For the best-selling SUVs click here and for best-selling cars this year, click here.

Please note, this list takes into account all automaker sales reported through July 6, 2020.

Acura

2019 Acura RDX Photo courtesy of Acura

Best-Seller: Acura RDX

Volkswagen

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Best-Seller: Volkswagen Tiguan

Subaru

2020 Subaru Forester Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Best-Seller: Subaru Forester

Buick

2020 Buick Encore

Photo courtesy of Buick

Best-Seller: Buick Encore

Chevrolet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Best-Seller: Chevrolet Silverado

Audi

2020 Audi Q5

Photo courtesy of Audi

Best-Seller: Audi Q5

MINI

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman

Best-Seller: MINI Countryman

Dodge

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Best-Seller: Dodge Grand Caravan

Fiat

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Best-Seller: Fiat 124 Spider

Cadillac

2020 Cadillac XT5

Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Best-Seller: Cadillac XT5

BMW

2020 BMW X3

Photo courtesy of BMW

Best-Seller: BMW X3

Chrysler

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Best-Seller: Chrysler Pacifica

Honda

2020 Hyundai CR-V

Best-Seller: Honda CR-V

Hyundai

2020 Hyundai Elantra Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Best-Seller: Hyundai Elantra

Ford

2020 Ford F-250 Tremor Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Best-Seller: Ford F-Series

Jeep

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Best-Seller: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Kia

2020 Kia Sportage Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Best-Seller: Kia Sportage

GMC

2020 GMC Sierra HD Photo courtesy of GMC

Best-Seller: GMC Sierra

Lincoln

2020 Lincoln Corsair Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

Best-Seller: Lincoln MKC/Corsair

Infiniti

2020 Infiniti QX60

Best-Seller: Infiniti QX60

Alfa Romeo

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Best-Seller: Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Genesis

2020 Genesis G70

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Best-Seller: Genesis G70

Mercedes-Benz

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Best-Seller: Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mitsubishi

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Best-Seller: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Lexus

2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Best-Seller: Lexus RX

Mazda

2020 Mazda CX-5 Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Best-Seller: Mazda CX-5

Toyota

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Best-Seller: Toyota RAV4

Tesla

Tesla Model 3 Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Best-Seller: Tesla Model 3/Y

Note: Tesla only separates their sales into two groups: Model 3/Y and Mode S/X.

Nissan

2020 Nissan Rogue Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Best-Seller: Nissan Rogue

Ram

2020 Ram 1500 Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Best-Seller: Ram Pickup

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This image of a young child was considered so perverted by some that Audi decided to apologize for it.

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Audi has apologized for an advertisement that shows an image of a young girl eating a banana while she stands in front of an Audi RS 4 Avant.

The apology was issued after outcry from critics on Twitter who pointed to perceived numerous flaws in the ad from the overt sexualization of the child because of the banana involved to the potential danger the child was in because she was standing in front of a parked vehicle that can go up to 174 mph.

In the three-part apology, Audi stated, "We care for children. We hear you and let's get this straight: We care for children. The Audi RS 4 is a family car with more than thirty driver assistance systems including an emergency break system. That's why we showcased it with various family members for the campaign."
The statement continues, “We hoped we could convey these messages, showing that even for the weakest traffic participants it is possible to relaxingly lean on the RS technology. That was a mistake! Audi never intended to hurt anyone's feelings. We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future. We will also immediately examine internally, how this campaign has been created and if control mechanisms failed in this case.“
Some of Audi's Twitter followers said that, in their view, the criticism was likely unwarranted while others chose to concentrate on the fact that the model in the photo features a potent power plant. Others pointed out that they felt that the image was pro-pedophilia writing, in German, “I see a pedophile ad here. And child abuse. Disgusting and reprehensible.“

Though this is the first advertising slip up this year for the Audi brand, it's the second major ad folly for Volkswagen Group, Audi's parent company. In May, the company became embroiled in a controversy surrounding an advertisement that features a dark-skinned man being maneuvered around by the hands of a white woman. As the ad developed, the dark-skinned man ended up being flicked away from a yellow Volkswagen Golf, all while upbeat music played in the background.

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Journalists gather around Jim Farley, then-Ford executive vice president and president of global markets, during the media days at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company has announced that Jim Farley will succeed Jim Hackett as the CEO of the company beginning October 1. Who is Jim Farley? AutomotiveMap takes a closer look at the man and his rise to the top of one of the most heralded automakers in the world.

The beginning

James D. “Jim" Farley Jr.'s history with Ford and the auto industry started long before he joined the company in 2007. The Argentina-born Farley's grandfather Emmet E. Tracy, was a worker at Ford in the company's early days, working at the company's Rouge River Plant beginning in 1914 when he was just 13 years old. Farley credits his grandfather for spurring his love of automobiles.

Jim Hackett Jim Farley CEO Outgoing CEO Jim Hackett and incoming CEO Jim Farley chart in front of an image of the employee card of Farley's grandfather, Emmet Tracy, an early Ford employee.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

When he was 10 years old, Farley had a paper route in Connecticut that included a local Ferrari distributorship. He says that he would spend hours there chatting up the Italian mechanics.

Tracy would eventually leave the Ford plant to become a Ford dealer and own a Ford supplier plant. Farley worked at that plant one summer when he was 15. The summer before that, he says he spend working at a shop rebuilding car engines. He would eventually buy a '66 Ford Mustang with a blown engine, restoring it for himself, complete with a 289 V8.

Farley is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor's degree In economics and computer science. Farley got his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He put himself through school by working at a Santa Monica vehicle-restoration shop that was run by former Formula One champion Phil Hill - Hill & Vaughn on Second Street.

Jim Farley Ford 10 Millionth Mustang Ford (and Farley) celebrated the production of the 10 millionth Mustang at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades parading from Dearborn to Flat Rock.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Toyota years

He started his automaker career at Toyota, a move that he says some of his family members resented. However, it was Farley's grandfather who encouraged him saying. Farley told it to Automotive News like this: “He said, 'You should go to Toyota. It's the best car company for now. You can come back to Detroit.'"

And so he did. Farley joined Toyota in 1990 as part of the company's strategic planning department. He moved through marketing and product positions in the U.S. and Europe eventually serving as the man responsible for the successful launch and rollout of the Scion brand.

He went on to hold roles including group vice president of Toyota Division marketing and was responsible for all Toyota Division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotion, incentives and internet activities. He also was the group vice president and general manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities.

Toyota Scion tC Jim Farley, working in his then-role as Scion vice president, poses with the new tC Sports Coupe at the North American International Auto Show January 5, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan.Photo by Getty Images

Farley did make it back to Detroit during those days, every January as the North American International Auto Show kicked off. It was during that annual pilgrimage that Farley would visit his grandparents' graves. “"I wipe off the snow, if it's snowing, and I talk about my life," Farley said, before pausing and turning his head to the side. "I'm going to get really emotional — son of a b----, I'm not supposed to do that as an executive — anyway, it's the real deal for me. It's not about money," Automotive News reported in 2007.

The switch to Ford

Farley and his wife Lia are the parents of three children. The couple adopted a baby girl in 2007 before Lia gave birth to their son. When he took his first job with Ford as marketing chief in 2007, it was on the heels of a difficult time for the family that had seen his wife spend the last three months of her pregnancy in the hospital as Farley, with the help of neighbors, took care of their daughter and finalized his deal with Ford, Automotive News reported at the time.

While Farley got up and running at Ford, he would travel back home to California on the weekends to be with his family before finally settling them all in Michigan once his daughter's adoption was finalized. Even in 2007, his commitment to Ford was strong, saying at the time, "I'm going to be there forever. I didn't trade in my life in Santa Monica to move around every two years. I'm a car guy. There's only two car companies I really like, and I'm on the second one."

Jim Farley 2013 New York Auto Show Jim Farley, serving in his then-role as Ford executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln, discusses the consumer trends and demographic shifts that are reshaping the U.S. auto industry at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Big moves at Ford

After two years on the job at Ford, Farley was appointed group vice president, global marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America. He had added responsibility for Ford's operations in Canada, Mexico and South America in September 2009.

In August 2010 when Farley was appointed to lead global marketing sales and service, it marked the first time Ford had a single global leader for Marketing, Sales & Service. He had the added role of he senior global leader for Lincoln from December 2012 to August 2014. It was during his time as executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales & Service at Lincoln where the brand began its turnaround, setting the course for the company to decliner the types of vehicles it is offering today. He also lead Lincoln's introduction to China.

Lincoln Aviator Launch 2018 New York Auto Show During the New York International Auto Show in 2018, Jim Farley speaks in front of the just-revealed Lincoln Avaitor.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

From 2015 to 2017, Farley served as executive vice president and president, Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa. His tenure included milestones of record profitability, record margins, and increased sales.

In use 2017 he was named Executive Vice President and president, Global Markets, for Ford Motor Company. Company CEO Jim Hackett tapped Farley to be the president of New Businesses, Technology and Strategy in April 2019. In that role, he was tasked with helping the company determine how to capitalize on powerful forces reshaping the industry – such as software platforms, connectivity, AI, automation and new forms of propulsion.

Jim Farley Ken Block LAAS Fiesta launch Jim Farley, then-Group Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Motor Company with Action sports superstar, Ken Block after he drove his Gymkhana Ford Fiesta at Universal Studios on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show.Photo by Sam VarnHagen, courtesy of Ford Motor Company

In February of this year, Farley was named chief operating officer of Ford Motor Company, taking over for Joe Hinrichs and solidifying his position as the next CEO of the company. In a press conference on August 3, 2020, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said that the board talked about looking at external candidates for CEO, but they never actually did because Farley was the obvious choice.

What type of person is Farley? A story in the Detroit Free Press earlier this year said this of him:

“Jim Farley is the guy who prefers to be dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, spending time in a garage wrenching on classic Mustangs and vintage motorcycles. He respects men and women who have oil-stained clothes, busted knuckles and grease under their nails. He appreciates people who do engine and body work themselves.“

He's not a Man who spends his time chatting with old pals at the country club over a game of golf. To achieve relaxation, he races his 1965 Ford GT40 around tracks far and near.

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