Despite several reports to the contrary (including our own), Toyota is in fact still the world’s largest automaker.
Just last week it was announced by several news agencies that Volkswagen had taken over the top spot, having come from as far back as fourth just over a year ago, to quickly pass Ford, General Motors and then Toyota. Those reports, however, have no proved worth interpreting, as have the sales numbers.
The numbers did show VW with a total of 4.4 million units made, while Toyota managed “just” 4.2 million units for the first three quarters of 2009. Volkswagen’s numbers, however, included vehicles sold by other automakers that it owns part of – but not a controlling share. Volkswagen does not release a breakdown.
Toyota, on the other hand, does, and the 4. 2 million total is entirely made up of the Japanese automaker’s products. If Toyota were also to include sales for companies that it owns a minority share in, its total would then be 4.9 million units.
[Source: Automotive News via LeftLaneNews]