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Volkswagen Overtakes Toyota as World's Largest Automaker Through June

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/28/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Toyota sold more cars than any other automaker last year, but Volkswagen is poised to steal the crown. During the first half of the year, Volkswagen was the world's top-selling automaker, pumping out 5.04 million vehicles.


Volkwagen's deliveries came in just a sliver ahead of Toyota, which sold 5.02 million cars in the first six months. Overall sales for Volkswagen declined 0.5 percent while sales for Toyota dropped a full 1.5 percent.

According to Bloomberg, the German automaker has benefited from a stronger market in Europe, where demand has surged faster than it has in the last several years. In its home market and throughout Western Europe, VW's sales jumped more than 6 percent, spurred by the performance of the Volkswagen Passat and Porsche Macan. These gains are making up for a small slump in China, the world's largest auto market. Of course, Volkswagen still has some gains to make in the U.S. market as well. Toyota's growth in the U.S. outpaced Volkswagen, jumping 5.6 percent compared to a 2.4-percent bump for the VW, Audi, and Porsche brands. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

It is still anyone's guess who will gain sales supremacy by the end of the year. But if Volkswagen does come ahead, it will have achieved a long-standing goal three years ahead of schedule. The company has been plotting to achieve worldwide sales dominance by 2018.

Meanwhile, General Motors remains in third place so far this year. Sales for the American automaker hit 4.86 million vehicles, down 1.2 percent.

Source: Bloomberg

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