Toyota beat out Volkswagen, GM to take auto sales crown for straight third year; expects to sell 10.15 million vehicles in 2015
TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, but is pessimistic about this year.
The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co. (GM) to take the auto sales crown for the third year straight.
Toyota was less upbeat about the future, expecting to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, at 10.15 million vehicles.
That’s down one per cent year-over-year, according to numbers released this week.
Volkswagen of Germany sold 10.14 million vehicles in 2014.
Detroit-based GM was third at 9.92 million vehicles, a company record.
GM gave its tally earlier this month.
Selling 10 million vehicles around the world in a year is a milestone for major automakers.
And the race is intense as automakers increasingly compete in new markets.
Toyota’s sales grew six per cent in the United States from the previous year, 13 per cent in China, and 10 per cent in Brazil, according to the maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models.
Toyota suffered a setback in 2011, when its production was hobbled by the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
But it made a comeback as No. 1 in 2012.
GM had been the top-selling automaker for more than seven decades until being surpassed by Toyota in 2008.
But it is Volkswagen that has been racking up stellar growth in recent years, beating GM last year.