Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales

Toyota remains the global No.1 in sales

More than five million buyers in the first six months of this year has seen Toyota retain its No. 1 position on the global sales charts.

The company says its on track to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year, which will be an industry milestone according to One Network News.

Toyota was followed by German-based Volkswagen Group in second place, recall-plagued USA-based General Motors placed third in the global rankings.

Toyota Motor Corporation Japan yesterday released its 2014 sales figures for January to June, which saw the company sell 5.097 million units, a new 4% increase on the previous corresponding period.

One Network News reports that sales grew in the domestic Japanese market as well as in the rest of Asia, the USA and Europe.

Toyota says a rush to beat the April 1 consumption tax in Japan saw strong sales in its domestic market, but the company also enjoyed a 12% growth of sales in China, 5% growth in North America, and 8% growth in Europe.

The company declined to comment on being No.1, it says it is merely trying to satisfy customers one car at a time, and not competing to be at the top.

Volkswagen sold 4.97 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, with General Motors selling 4.92 million.

Toyota finished 2013 on a record 9.98 million vehicles.

General Motors held the No.1 sales crown for more than 70 years before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. There was a brief hiatus in 2011 when GM retook the position when Toyota’s production was affected by the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in Northeastern Japan.

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