Toyota top selling automaker in 2013, GM second, VW 3rd
Toyota Motors is the world’s top selling automaker for the second year in a row. With total sales of 9.98 million in 2013, Toyota has beaten rivals General Motors by 270,000 units during the past year. GM sold 9.71 million while VW sold 9.5 million.
Toyota, currently the reigning No.1 automaker, has even more ambitious plans for the current year 2014, expecting to cross the 10 million mark and become first ever automaker to achieve this milestone. In 2013, the company sold a record 9.98 million units, up 2% from sales during the previous year.
The Japanese automaker’s achievements and comeback to its top position in the past year are even more noteworthy considering the massive setback it suffered from an earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in 2011. These natural calamities not only affected the company production adversely, but also affected auto suppliers and all round production facilities. Toyota recaptured global sales in 2012 from GM, which was the top selling automaker for over 7 decades until it was overthrown by Toyota in 2008.
Toyota Motors, the makers of both Camry and Corolla sedans besides Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models is confident of increased demand in overseas markets and in retaining the most sought after crown of top selling automakers in 2014 with a target of 10.32 million units during the year. (source)