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Toyota Set to Regain Global Sales Crown Again

VW slipping back into second place as diesel scandal takes hit.

by on Dec.29, 2015

A new Toyota Prius and the outgoing model. Toyota hopes the 2016 remake will help boost momentum for what has been the world's best-selling hybrid.

With the impact of a cheating scandal nipping at the heels of its chief rival, Toyota appears ready to win the global sales race for 2015 again, something that seemed far less likely just a few months ago.

Going into the final months of the year, Volkswagen AG was posed to nab the sales crown from the Japanese giant. But VW sales have taken a serious hit since it was revealed in mid-September that the German maker had cheated on diesel emission tests.

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Both makers are still expected to finish 2015 with total sales of more than 10 million vehicles, a barrier that seemed difficult for any manufacturer to breach just a few years ago.


Growth of Global Car Market Slowing Down

“Cyclicality has not been repealed.”

by on Jun.23, 2015

U.S. car sales could be reaching their cyclical peak in the next year or two, according to study.

Led by the U.S. and China, global auto sales have been on a tear in recent years, reaching all-time record numbers despite the poor performance in markets like Europe and Latin America. But a new study warns that demand is going to soften – and soon.

Worldwide, sales will continue to increase, according to the annual automotive outlook produced by Detroit-based turnaround specialist AlixPartners. But the rate of growth will slip to an annual 2.6% for the next seven years, down from 3.1% between 2007 and 2014.

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The U.S. and China will likely see the sharpest slowdowns, the study warns, emphasizing that “cyclicality has not been permanently repealed.”


Who Really Won the Global Sales War?

GM or VW can each claim victory, depending on your math.

by on Jan.23, 2012

Did VW or GM win last year's global sales race? It depends on how you count.

There’s one fact that everyone seems to agree on: Toyota did not maintain its lead in the global automotive sales sweepstakes last year, the maker suffering significant production losses due to Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent flooding in Thailand.

While Toyota has not yet released its final numbers for 2011, it signaled they’ll be down at least 6%, to just below 8 million, which would knock the maker out of the box for the first time in three years.

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General Motors, on the other hand, claimed victory for the first time since it began its headlong plunge into bankruptcy, the maker reporting global sales of 9.03 million – including a record 4.76 million under its Chevrolet brand alone.  But that may be part of the problem.  While Volkswagen is not openly challenging GM’s claim, officials with the German maker have been quietly raising some questions about just exactly how its U.S. rival added things up.