29 October 2013

Toyota holding top place nine months in

Toyota has managed to hold onto its global lead in numbers of vehicles sold, writes Brian Byrne.

With some 7.14m units built in the first nine months of 2013, the Japanese carmaker fended off an revitalised GM showing a 5 percent increase to a 7.25m total, and VW's 7.03m units, also up 5 percent on the same period last year.

Toyota led in sales from 2008 through 2010, but slipped to third in 2011 after natural disasters in Asia. It regained its top position in 2012.