Japanese multinational automaker Toyota has done it again! The Aichi-based automobile manufacturer has ousted its Detroit-based opponent General Motors (GM) to become world’s top automaker in 2012.
According to the latest global sales report released by Toyota Motor Corp., the company’s production - domestic sales and export, for December 2012 and for CY 2012, including subsidiaries like Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd., stood at a record 9.748 million vehicles, much higher than the expected 9.7 million vehicles.
GM had been the undisputed global auto car leader over seven long decades before losing the top position to its closest Japan-based rival in 2008. However, it managed to regain the top slot once again in 2011 when Toyota’s production was paralyzed by the natural devastation that struck north eastern Japan.
German-based auto giant Volkswagen AG stood at the 3 position, by selling a record 9.1 million vehicles around the world.
In 2012, Toyota worldwide sales figure stood at 9,747,762 and its Japan sales figure was 4,420,158. The overseas production figure clocked up to 5,489,282 while the Japanese production figures stood at 4,420,158.