VW is world’s second-best-selling automaker, GM falls to third

VW is world’s second-best-selling automaker, GM falls to third

January 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , GM , Toyota , Volkswagen Every year when we start talking about which automaker is the biggest in the world, there always seems to be at least a little bit of controversy. For 2013, Toyota handily took the top spot with 9.98 million sales, but it’s the runner up spot between General Motors and Volkswagen that is starting to create a stir. Based on our earlier report , GM’s 9.71 million vehicles put it in second place ahead of VW’s 9.5-million-vehicle effort. Now, The Detroit News is reporting that VW is claiming a tally of 9.73 million sales, including figures from MAN and Scania – heavy-duty truck divisions under the VW AG family. The article points out that Toyota’s sales figure includes its Hino line of trucks, but these might still be considered light-duty vehicles while MAN and Scania build tractor trailers. VW is world’s second-best-selling automaker, GM falls to third originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota hangs on to title of world’s largest automaker for first half of 2013

Toyota hangs on to title of world’s largest automaker for first half of 2013

July 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , Earnings/Financials General Motors and Ford can have all the success they please, but it doesn’t seem like America’s two largest manufacturers are going to topple Toyota in the first half of 2013. According to Reuters , Toyota moved 4.91 million vehicles in the first six months of 2013, representing a 1.1-percent drop from the same period in 2012. GM is on the rise, though, with a four-percent increase in global sales, to 4.85 million. Volkswagen , still sitting in third, saw a 5.5-percent jump to 4.7 million vehicles in the first half of 2013. If this pace continues for Toyota, it’ll finish 2013 in the top sales spot for the second year in a row. The manufacturer fell to third, behind GM and VW, in 2011 after earthquakes and tsunamis ravaged its production capacity. Toyota hangs on to title of world’s largest automaker for first half of 2013 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

GM outsold VW globally in first quarter, Toyota reports numbers next week

GM outsold VW globally in first quarter, Toyota reports numbers next week

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , GM , Toyota , Volkswagen General Motors released its first quarter sales figures this week, reporting that it sold 2.36 million cars and trucks worldwide. That figure represents an increase of 3.6 percent when compared to the same period last year. GM’s growth was attributed to many factors, including global Cadillac sales that were up 26 percent and Chevrolet posting a one percent increase over last year (this marked Chevy’s tenth straight year of record global sales). Volkswagen came in just behind GM, as the German automaker reported global sales from January through March at 2.27 million vehicles, an increase of five percent when compared to last year. While that number was strong, VW is cautioning that markets outside China and the US, such as those in Europe, are becoming a challenge as economies falter. Yet to report sales is Toyota , current holder of the global world sales crown (the Japanese company sold 9.75 million cars last year, against 9.29 million sold by GM and 9.1 million vehicles sold by VW). Even though GM and Toyota both say they don’t care who sells the most units, it is unquestionably a strong bragging point and sales equate to revenue. That said, Toyota will report its first quarter numbers next week. GM outsold VW globally in first quarter, Toyota reports numbers next week originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota takes title of World’s Largest Automaker… again, for now

Toyota takes title of World’s Largest Automaker… again, for now

May 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Toyota , Earnings/Financials Now that the title of world’s largest maker has become a clear and eager battle, we can expect more regular updates on the progress of the combatants. Bloomberg reports that Toyota snagged the #1 crown in Q1, taking it away from General Motors with 2.49 million units sold across its five brands compared to 2.28 million for GM. Volkswagen was just another tenth down at 2.19 million units sold. What all three might appreciate even more than the crown – except for VW, who is monomaniacal about the No. 1 tag – is that sales volumes and profitability are up, at least in America. Toyota’s sales rebound from the catastrophes of last year (and indeed, the last few years) is being underlined by its performance here, where the Prius Plug-In is the third-best seller against a background of the nation’s best car sales market in five years . Even with double its usual fleet sales in Q1, Toyota expects this financial year’s profits to double . The year isn’t over yet and it remains close, but for now it looks like there’ll be good news for everyone. Well, until 2016, when Volkswagen is predicted to vanquish all challengers at the top of the podium, two years ahead of its own ridiculously ambitious schedule. Toyota takes title of World’s Largest Automaker…

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