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Toyota regains global auto sales leadership from VW – Dieselgate effect?

Toyota tops global auto sales 2015

The global leader this year is expected to be awfully close to breaching 10 million units a year.

There has been a close three-way battle between Toyota, Volkswagen and General Motors for the past few years when it comes to global auto sales leadership but Toyota has been managing to pip its rivals every single time. This year around, the German auto giant surpassed Toyota in the first six months and looked poised to become the world’s largest automaker.

However, as things stand at the end of September 2015, Toyota has regained the leadership position from Volkswagen with global sales of 7.49 million units (from January 2015). VW is not far behind at 7.43 million units but considering that the company is undergoing a severe crisis post the dieselgate emission scandal (sales of certain diesel powered cars are put on hold in the US and are under investigation in several other countries), Toyota looks to be at an advantage this year as well.


VW’s campaign through the rest of 2015 will be marred by the dieselgate scandal.

Compared to the same period in 2014, both Toyota and VW have registered a slide in sales of 1.5%. VW’s sales in China, the world’s largest market, posted a negative growth of 7.9% from January to September 2015 and this would certainly have an impact on the overall sales.

Meanwhile, GM has clocked 7.2 million units during the first nine months of this calendar year which is 1.9% less than the same period last year. The American automaker doesn’t seem to have a chance to catch up with the front runners this year.

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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