The Race For #1 in the World – Car Pro News

Toyota, which has roared back from crippling disasters last year, padded it sales lead over General Motors in the first half and looks to be a lock to retake the title of world’s largest automaker from GM for 2012.
After both automakers reported first-half sales, the Associated Press reports that Toyota in Tokyo announced sales of 4.97 million vehicles globally in the half, 300,000 more than GM at 4.67 million.
That pads a virtually unbeatable gap. Toyota took the lead in the first quarter with sales of 2.49 million cars and trucks worldwide vs. 2.28 million for GM, the AP reports. GM had been the world’s largest automaker since the 1930s before being passed by Toyota in 2008.
Volkswagen, which has made a corporate goal of passing both GM and Toyota to be No. 1 by 2018, earlier reported first-half sales of 4.45 million to be in third.
Last year, VW also passed Toyota to finish second, as Toyota production was crippled first by the tsunami in Japan and then by the floods in Thailand.


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