Toyota is World’s Largest Automaker in First Quarter

Toyota is World’s Largest Automaker in First Quarter

Toyota released its first quarter sales numbers today, which sit above both General Motors and Volkswagen, though it is a tight race. 

So far in 2013, Toyota has sold 2.43 million vehicles, while the General sits in second position, reporting 2.36 million.  In a not so distant third place is VW, reporting 2.27 million vehicles delivered, meaning that from third to first, there is only a roughly 160,000 car spread.

Interestingly, Toyota is actually down 2.2 percent year-over-year, while GM and Volkswagen have seen gains of 3.6 and 5.1 percent year-over-year respectively. The blame for this Toyota says can be assigned to the natural disasters of 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, production was ramped up significantly to try and make up for lost production time.

Though it is always hard to predict, it seems as though Toyota is on track to claim the title, once again, of world’s largest automaker in 2013. Last year, the brand produced a total 9.75 million units, and is poised to be the first brand to crack the 10 million unit mark this year.

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