DETROIT – After the position replaced by General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VW), Toyota has a successful return grab the throne as the world’s largest automotive manufacturer. Toyota back in the first position beat GM and VW.
This Japanese automobile manufacturers sold 2.49 million vehicles in the first three months of 2012. Followed by GM and VW as many as 2.28 million 2.16 million units. Thus was launched Inautonews, Saturday (05/12/2012).
In Japan, Toyota managed to sell 1327 units, an increase of 72 thousand from the previous year. In North America had reached 1872 units, down 159 thousand units over the same period in previous year.
While in Europe, Toyota has scored sales of 798 000 units, up two thousand units. To Asia reached 1327 units, an increase of 72 thousand units. From here, Toyota expects sales up in 2013 will grow 25 percent in North America and 189 percent worldwide.
Globally, Toyota sold 7.35 million vehicles in 2011 last year and 1.87 million vehicles in North America. For 2013, Toyota expects sales to rise and remained in the top position.
“Although being No. 1 is not the main goal for us, it’s nice to see because hopefully it shows we’re on the right track,” Jim Wiseman, Toyota’s North American VP of external affairs, told Bloomberg.
GM spokesman Jim Cain told Nathan Bomey of the Detroit Free Press in an e-mail, however, that one quarter does not mean a year make. “GM today is a profitable, growing company, and our plan is to grow more and earn more. We’ve got the ingredients to do both over time, especially with our aggressive new product launch calendar and the momentum Chevrolet, in particular, is building around the world.”