Toyota Retains Number 1 Automaker Worldwide Title in 2010

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Despite all the recalls and publicity problems, Toyota remained the most popular automaker in 2010. Sales were up 8 percent in 2010, with 8.42 million units including Lexus, Daihatsu, and Hino Motors.

In the U.S., Toyota and Lexus together saw sales increase 0.3 percent during 2010. Sales performance in China and other countries more than outweighed the slowing demand in the U.S., for Toyota. In calendar year 2011, Toyota is projecting an increase to about 8.6 million units.

Rated second was General Motors, with 8.39 million units sold. That's up 12 percent from 2009. Volkswagen was a more distant third place finisher, with sales of 7.14 million units representing growth of 14 percent. The German automaker's ambitious plans of outdoing Toyota worldwide in the mid-term future suggests 2011 will be an interesting year to watch for worldwide automotive sales.

Which automaker do you think will sell the most in 2011: Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen, or another automaker?

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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