Through the first nine months of the year, Toyota has maintained its sales lead over GM and Volkswagen.
According to Reuters, Toyota’s groupwide sales totalled around 7.412 million vehicles, up 0.1 per cent from the same period a year ago. Toyota’s total includes sales at affiliates Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd and Hino Motors Ltd.
General Motors sold 7.25 million vehicles during the same period, up 4.6 per cent while Volkswagen sold 7.03 million vehicles up 4.8 percent. Volkswagen’s sales figure however, excludes its Scania and MAN brands. Scania sold around 56,220 vehicles up to September.
Toyota regained the global sales crown in 2012 after slipping to third place behind GM and Volkswagen in 2011, following natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Toyota had been the top auto seller from 2008 through 2010.