Stronger demand for new vehicles in Asia, particularly China, and Europe helped drive the car industry ahead by 5.6% last year.
Analysis by JATO Dynamics of sales data from 52 markets found 84.24 million units were sold in 2016.
“Despite the hurdles faced by the automotive industry last year, an increase in registrations of 5.6% shows the sector’s resilience,” said Felipe Munoz, JATO’s Global Analyst
“The growth shows that the declines in Japan, Russia and Brazil were offset by strong results in China and Europe.”
Toyota maintained its leading position as the world’s most popular car brand, despite losing ground in the US and China.
The Ford F-Series was the top-selling model.