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Toyota Takes Global Sales Crown for Second Year in a Row

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/24/2014 Erick Ayapana

Toyota came close to selling 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2013, making it the top-selling automaker for the second straight year in a row. With an official tally of 9.98 million units sold, Toyota beat General Motors, which sold 9.71 million vehicles in 2013. The Volkswagen Group didn’t provide an exact figure, but said it sold 9.7 million units including sales from its MAN and Scania heavy truck brands.

2013 scion FR S© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 scion FR S Toyota’s total, which includes sales from its subsidiaries Hino and Daihatsu, represents a 2.4-percent increase from 2012 when it regained the sales title after rebounding from production issues stemming from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011. The automaker reached a number of milestones in 2013, including the sale of its six-millionth hybrid worldwide. Toyota has set a goal of selling over 10 million cars this year, which would make it the first automaker to reach that sales mark.

2014 Lexus IS 250© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Lexus IS 250 The Japanese automaker made gains in key regions including the U.S. where sales increased by 7.4 percent. Toyota also increased its share in China, but still trails number of automakers in that country including Ford, GM, and Volkswagen. Toyota experienced a decline in Japan where sales dropped by 5 percent to 2.3 million units.

GM, however, is narrowing the gap. While it trailed Toyota in 2013 by 270,000 units, it’s an improvement over 2012 when GM was behind the Japanese automaker by almost 460,000 units. Volkswagen is also vying to becoming to be the world’s top automaker, with plans to invest around $7 billion in North America and have its Audi brand sell 1 million units annually by 2018.

Source: Bloomberg,The Detroit News

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