Toyota Takes Back Spot as World's Largest Automaker From Volkswagen

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

After briefly losing the top global sales position to Volkswagen in the first half of 2015, Toyota has regained its lead as the world’s biggest automaker.

The Japanese automaker has again sold enough cars to outpace both GM and Volkswagen, and as VW deals with its diesel scandal, Toyota will probably be able to keep its lead for a while. Although sales haven’t tanked for VW a month into the diesel scandal, few see the German automaker as able to outpace Toyota in the near future. GM is also facing slipping sales in China.

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Even though sales are down 1.5 percent for Toyota so far this year, the Japanese automaker sold 7.498 million cars in 2015, while Volkswagen’s tally stands at 7.43 million units. GM sold 7.2 million units so far this year, a 1 percent drop from this time last year.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]

Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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