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Toyota Still Tops – But Sales Gap Narrowing

GM comes in a close second for Q1, VW close behind.

by on Apr.24, 2013

Akio Toyoda with the new Lexus ES.

Toyota maintained its title as world’s best-selling automaker for the first quarter of 2013 – though the gap began to close as the Japanese maker struggled to regain its momentum in the critical Chinese market.

The industry giant — which regained its sales crown last year after a disastrous loss of production in 2011 due to Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami — reports selling 2.43 million vehicles between January and March. But that was a 2.2% decline.  General Motors maintained its second-place position at 2.36 million vehicles, but closed much of the gap with a 3.6% increase.

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Volkswagen, which finished 2012 in third-place, maintained that podium position for the first quarter after a 5.1% increasing in global demand brought its sales to 2.27 million. VW officials have openly set a goal of becoming the world’s number one maker before the end of this decade.


Toyota on Track to Regain Sales Crown

Maker sells nearly 5 million vehicles in first half of 2012.

by on Jul.25, 2012

Though a late arrival for 2012, the next-gen Avalon could add momentum to Toyota's sales drive.

Crushed by last year’s devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Toyota Motor Co. lost the global automotive sales crown to not only General Motors but was also passed by German rival Volkswagen AG.  But if the Japanese maker’s pace during the first half of 2012 is any indication it may very well be back as king-of-the-hill this year.

Toyota sold 4.97 million vehicles worldwide between January 1 and June 30th, a commanding 300,000-unit lead over GM, according to newly released numbers.  Barring another setback for Toyota, industry analysts suggest it will be difficult for the U.S. rival – or VW, for that matter – to catch up by year-end.

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Toyota’s rebound reflects a number of factors including, most notably, its recovery from last year’s Japanese natural disaster which forced most of that country’s makers to shutter key plants for a month or more due to component shortages and then only slowly restart production in Japan and at their overseas plants.


Toyota Again World’s Largest Automaker

Can it maintain momentum as challengers ramp up their game?

by on May.11, 2012

Toyota shifts design direction with the 2013 Avalon.

Toyota officials, all the way up to President Akio Toyoda, have routinely insisted that being number one was never their goal, and so they downplayed the fact that production cuts forced by last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami led Toyota to tumble to number four on the global sales charts, behind General Motors, Volkswagen AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Nonetheless, company officials aren’t exactly complaining about the fact that they were back in the saddle, again, at least for the first quarter of 2012 when sales by the various Toyota brands surged 18%, to 2.49 million, propelling the maker past its arch-rivals.

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“Although being No. 1 is not the main goal for us, it’s nice to see because hopefully it shows we’re on the right track,” said Jim Wiseman, Toyota’s North American vice president of external affairs. “With customers reacting so positively to all of the new and updated products we’re introducing this year, we’re optimistic the good momentum will continue.”