Volkswagen Passes Toyota in Global Sales Race

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Volkswagen Passes Toyota in Global Sales Race

The Volkswagen Group has surpassed Toyota Motor Co. in deliveries over the first half of 2015. 

Through June, Toyota moved 5.02 million units while VW managed to sell 5.04 million. These delivery numbers are actually down compared to last year, with Toyota falling by 1.5 percent and VW down 0.5 percent.

This puts VW on track to capture the title of world’s largest automaker, three years ahead of the brand’s schedule. General Motors sits in the third spot, delivering 4.86 million vehicles last year, a drop of 1.2 percent year-over-year.

Volkswagen saw strong growth in Europe which helped to offset the slumping Chinese market, where the German brand’s sales fell by 3.9 percent. Toyota actually managed to grow in China despite the market trending downwards, jumping by 10 percent year-over-year in that market.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    Thank God Toyota has China

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    The day I’ve feared has finally come. With all the info out there, I’m suprised GM is still selling so many vehicles and VW. Really? Their cars drive nice for sure, but reliability, maintenance costs and fuel economy can’t hold a candle to Toyota. People really are sheep, and I guess it really does all boil down to crowd mentality and advertising. I would pick up a Golf R, Diesel, or even sportwagon if I had extra money to burn just for kicks, but it wouldn’t be a good thing, not practical. When I think about where I could use that extra money instead, perhaps common sense would prevail and I’d buy a Toyota and take a vacation instead.

  • John Gabe

    Kill yourself.

  • veiskly

    Toyota brand for reliability and quality proven-full range of vehicles- the best. VW garages happy to repair poor electrics, breakdowns, hardware problems etc. Other VW owned products included in the sales report not mentioned include poached companies such as- Bentley, Audi, Porsche, SEAT, Lamborghini etc. all touched with the same old VW UBER-unreliability problems. Plus a lousy selection of VW Audi Porsche models in America and elsewhere. Piech was kicked out of VW recently- seems like many problems brewing there now.

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  • Mike

    Here’s hoping!!

  • smartacus

    i won’t imitate you and your family 🙂

  • Wein

    It was only a matter of time, not long ago i tried to convince the wife to get a new Toyota she replied: i rather walk.

  • Jon

    Love my 2015 GTI. Fun, great quality, great gas mileage. The best car I’ve ever owned.