Toyota is once again the number one car manufacturer in the world in terms of sales after taking over the lead from Volkswagen.
With just a little over two months until the end of the year, industry experts are keeping a close eye on the battle between Toyota and Volkswagen for the world’s biggest car manufacturer title and at this point Toyota is in the lead. Through September, they managed to shift 7.49 million cars which is slightly more than the 7.43 million cars sold by the Volkswagen Group. Compared to the same period last year, sales of both VW and Toyota have actually declined by 1.5%.
It’s a rather interesting battle between the two taking into account Volkswagen had the lead in the first six months of the year, but now as we are approaching the end of 2015 it seems Toyota has the highest chances of getting the sales crown especially since VW is going through the dieselgate which will likely affects sales in these last two months of the year as sales of select TDI-powered cars are blocked. In addition, Volkswagen’s deliveries in China have dropped by a significant 7.4% in the first nine months of the year and this will have a huge impact on the final sales numbers since China is the company’s biggest market.
As far as General Motors is concerned, through September they sold 7.2 million cars which is 1.9% less than the same period of last year and are now in third place with virtually no chances of catching up Toyota and Volkswagen.
Source: Automotive News Europe