Toyota Trumps GM, Volkswagen as Biggest Automaker In 2013

Toyota Motor Corporation was the world’s largest automaker in 2013, reporting yesterday that it sold a total of 9.98 million vehicles worldwide last year. That’s up from 9.75 million vehicles sold in 2012, and it’s enough to put Toyota ahead of key global rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.

In 2012, Toyota also took the spot as the world’s largest automaker with 9.75 million sales, while GM followed at 9.29 million and Volkswagen trailed at 9.07 million. A year before, Volkswagen and GM sparred over how the sales total was counted, and which of the two companies was actually the largest carmaker of 2011.

GM said earlier this month that it sold 9.71 million vehicles worldwide in 2013, putting it a close second behind Toyota. Volkswagen Group said it sold 9.5 million vehicles, when excluding the Man and Scania heavy-truck divisions, once again putting the German group in third place in terms of global car sales.

Within the U.S. market, the ranking is slightly different, as GM led with 2.8 million U.S. vehicle sales.Toyota sold 2.24 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2013, including the Scion and Lexus brands. The Volkswagen Group sold only 611,700 vehicles here last year.

Toyota expects its global volume to grow even more this year, and predicts it will sell 10.43 million vehicles worldwide in 2014. GM and Volkswagen have not yet publicly disclosed a sales goal for this year.

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