Toyota looks poised to keep its title as the world’s top-selling auto maker, beating out General Motors once again.
Toyota’s global sales through the first six months of the year numbered 4.91 million, which is a decrease of 1.2 percent compared to the same period last year. Despite the slight downward slide, the numbers were still greater than General Motors, which reported 4.85 million units worldwide.
GM is fighting hard to change that and actually edged Toyota out in the second quarter by about 10,000 units. GM held the title for seven decades until ceding the crown in 2008 on slow sales from a slipping economy.
General Motors is launching a massive product salvo this year with 13 new models entering the market. Toyota isn’t sitting on its laurels either. The company recently unveiled its new Corolla compact car, along with a new Tundra half-ton pickup truck and a new Highlander SUV. Toyota is also expected to unveil a new small crossover under its Lexus luxury brand to sit below the RX line.
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