Toyota has managed to claim the title for the world’s top-selling automaker for the fourth time in a row.
It was the only car manufacturer to sell more than 10 million cars in 2015 after delivering a total of 10.15 million vehicles, including units from Daihatsu and Hino Motors. It’s a 0.8% drop compared to 2014, but even so Toyota managed to hold still to the sales crown for the fourth consecutive year.
This isn’t really surprising taking into account the ongoing Dieselgate at the Volkswagen Group which as expected had a negative impact on sales. As a matter of fact, VAG deliveries (including MAN and Scania) decreased by a significant 2% to 9.9 million units in 2015. China was also a major factor of the slump as VW’s sales over there are not what they used to be a few years ago.
General Motors came in third with 9.8 million cars sold last year, representing a 0.2% increase compared to 2014.
It’s safe to say the massive scandal at Volkswagen won’t end in the near future, so Toyota should be able to claim the fifth consecutive title if it plays its cards right. The new Prius recently went on sale and you can imagine it will play a key role in Toyota’s attempt to repeat the success in 2016.