After briefly losing the top global sales position to Volkswagen in the first half of 2015, Toyota has regained its lead as the world’s biggest automaker.
The Japanese automaker has again sold enough cars to outpace both GM and Volkswagen, and as VW deals with its diesel scandal, Toyota will probably be able to keep its lead for a while. Although sales haven’t tanked for VW a month into the diesel scandal, few see the German automaker as able to outpace Toyota in the near future. GM is also facing slipping sales in China.
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Even though sales are down 1.5 percent for Toyota so far this year, the Japanese automaker sold 7.498 million cars in 2015, while Volkswagen’s tally stands at 7.43 million units. GM sold 7.2 million units so far this year, a 1 percent drop from this time last year.