Toyota on track to capture world No 1 spot once again, sells more cars than GM in first 6 months of 2012

It may be remembered that trying times were faced by Toyota last year when earthquakes which rocked Japan followed by tsunami and floods. These natural calamities took its toll on Toyota’s lock, stock and barrel, but this did not dampen company their spirits. Toyota is now well on its way to capture its No.1 spot as global automobile manufacturers.

General Motors held the coveted title for over seventy years until 2008’s market crash. Toyota then held global sales top position from 2008 to 2010 before these natural disasters brought them down to third place with General Motors in the lead followed by Volkswagen. Now with past safely behind then, Toyota is on a one way street to rebound after adversity. Stock and inventory in showrooms are showing positive results.

Customers are pouring in and sales are looking up. Sales in first six months of this year have reached 4.97 million worldwide. This is a huge jump from the 3.72 million sold last year. As on date, Toyota leads GM by 300,000 vehicles and VW Group by 520,000 vehicles. Beyond 2012, Toyota continues to forecast growth with projected production of 8.98 million units in 2013 and sales expected to reach over 8.95 million units.

Experts have stated that Toyota has bounced back stronger than expected. In the first half this year, Toyota has already sold more number of cars. It will be difficult for GM to overtake Toyota now.

Read the press release below for more information.

Auto News Release

TMC Announces Results for June 2012 and January – June 2012

Toyota City, Japan, July 25, 2012—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces its production, domestic sales and export results, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd., for June 2012 and for January to June 2012.

June 2012 Results Unit = one vehicle; figures in ( ) show year-on-year percentage change
Toyota Daihatsu Hino Total
Production in
Japan*1
Passenger cars 284,055 (29.0) 62,663 (37.6) 346,718 (30.4)
Trucks & buses 27,617 (-6.0) 13,882 (0.3) 13,813 (21.1) 55,312 (1.3)
      Total 311,672 (24.8) 76,545 (28.9) 13,813 (21.1) 402,030 (25.5)
Sales in Japan*2
Passenger cars 144,882 (75.2) 55,669 (59.1) 200,551 (70.4)
Trucks & buses 13,509 (52.2) 11,996 (-5.2) 3,687 (115.4) 29,192 (25.6)
      Total 158,391 (73.0) 67,665 (42.0) 3,687 (115.4) 229,743 (63.0)
Exports
Passenger cars 159,513 (44.8) 1,146 (-41.6) 160,659 (43.3)
Trucks & buses 17,440 (9.2) 9,215 (28.6) 26,655 (15.2)
      Total 176,953 (40.3) 1,146 (-41.6) 9,215 (28.6) 187,314 (38.5)
Production
outside Japan*3
465,123 (35.1) 19,129 (22.3) 1,963 (181.6) 486,215 (34.9)
Worldwide
production
776,795 (30.8) 95,674 (27.5) 15,776 (30.4) 888,245 (30.4)
*1Includes kits for overseas assembly; *2includes overseas production; *3excludes kits from Japan

June 2012 Highlights (year-on-year)

Production in Japan

 

Toyota
  • Eleventh consecutive month of increase
Daihatsu
  • Ninth consecutive month of increase
Hino
  • Thirteenth consecutive month of increase
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • Ninth consecutive month of increase

Sales in Japan

 

Toyota
  • Tenth consecutive month of increase
  • Lexus-vehicle sales totaled 4,082 units (7.6% increase)
  • Minivehicle sales totaled 5,300 units
  • 48.2% share of market excluding minivehicles (7.5% increase); sixth consecutive month of increase
  • 31.3% share of market including minivehicles
Daihatsu
  • Ninth consecutive month of increase
  • Minivehicle sales totaled approximately 67,400 units (42.1% increase); ninth consecutive month of increase
  • 35.8% share of minivehicle market (1.6% decrease)
Hino
  • Twelfth consecutive month of increase
  • Standard-truck sales totaled approximately 2,200 units (86.7% increase); twelfth consecutive month of increase
  • 34.1% share of the truck* market (3.1% decrease)
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • Ninth consecutive month of increase
  • 45.4% share of market including minivehicles (5.4% increase); ninth consecutive month of increase

 

*Maximum loading capacity of four tons or more; excluding imported trucks

Exports

 

Toyota
  • Eleventh consecutive month of increase, due to increased exports to all regions
Daihatsu
  • Decreased, due to decreased exports to the Middle East and Europe
Hino
  • Ninth consecutive month of increase, due to increased exports to all regions
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • Eleventh consecutive month of increase

 

Production outside Japan

 

Toyota
  • Seventh consecutive month of increase, due to increased production in Africa, Australia, Asia, Latin America and North America; record high for the month of June
Daihatsu
  • Seventh consecutive month of increase, due to increased production in Indonesia
Hino
  • Twelfth consecutive month of increase, due to increased production in Asia
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • Seventh consecutive month of increase; record high for the month of June
Year to Date (January 1 to June 30, 2012)
Unit = one vehicle; figures in ( ) show year-on-year percentage change
Toyota Daihatsu Hino Total
Production in
Japan*1
Passenger cars 1,705,872 (80.1) 347,353 (76.6) 2,053,225 (79.5)
Trucks & buses 163,145 (47.1) 74,192 (27.0) 77,963 (69.1) 315,300 (46.3)
      Total 1,869,017 (76.7) 421,545 (65.2) 77,963 (69.1) 2,368,525 (74.3)
Sales in Japan*2
Passenger cars 835,849 (85.6) 315,187 (59.1) 1,151,036 (77.5)
Trucks & buses 81,170 (61.8) 66,485 (21.3) 21,276 (55.2) 168,931 (42.3)
      Total 917,019 (83.2) 381,672 (50.9) 21,276 (55.2) 1,319,967 (72.0)
Exports
Passenger cars 925,575 (73.9) 5,979 (-36.0) 931,554 (72.0)
Trucks & buses 95,176 (50.3) 49,503 (64.3) 144,679 (54.8)
      Total 1,020,751 (71.4) 5,979 (-36.0) 49,503 (64.3) 1,076,233 (69.4)
Production
outside Japan*3
2,757,047 (43.3) 112,105 (27.8) 10,100 (89.6) 2,879,252 (42.8)
Worldwide
production
4,626,064 (55.2) 533,650 (55.7) 88,063 (71.2) 5,247,777 (55.5)
*1Includes kits for overseas assembly; *2includes overseas production; *3excludes kits from Japan

January – June 2012 Highlights (year-on-year)

Production in Japan

Toyota
  • First increase in two years
Daihatsu
  • First increase in four years
Hino
  • First increase in two years
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • First increase in two years

 

Sales in Japan

Toyota
  • First increase in two years
  • Lexus-vehicle sales totaled 22,865 units (28.8% increase)
  • 48.2% share of market excluding minivehicles (6.3% increase); first increase in two years
  • 31.1% share of market including minivehicles
Daihatsu
  • First increase in two years
  • Minivehicle sales totaled approximately 380,000 units (51.0% increase); first increase in two years
  • 34.9% share of minivehicle market (0.1% increase)
Hino
  • First increase in two years
  • Standard-truck sales totaled approximately 11,900 units (39.3% increase); first increase in two years
  • 33.2% share of the truck* market (7.5% decrease)
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • First increase in two years
  • 44.7% share of market including minivehicles (4.8% increase); first increase in two years

 

*Maximum loading capacity of four tons or more; excluding imported trucks

 

Exports

Toyota
  • First increase in two years, due to increased exports to all regions
Daihatsu
  • Decreased, due to decreased exports to Africa, the Middle East and Europe
Hino
  • First increase in two years, due to increased exports to all regions
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • First increase in two years

 

Production outside Japan

Toyota
  • First increase in two years, due to increased production in all regions; record high for the January to June period
Daihatsu
  • Third consecutive year of increase, due to increased production in Indonesia
Hino
  • Third consecutive year of increase, due to increased production in Asia
Toyota + Daihatsu + Hino
  • First increase in two years; record high for the January to June period