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Wednesday, 16th January 2013
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Toyota takes top car-selling crown for 2012

Japanese automaker giant Toyota has edged ahead of General Motors (GM) to be crowned the world's top-selling car maker following the release of sales figures for 2012.

At the latest count, Toyota sold 9.7 million cars and trucks in 2012, while GM managed 9.29 million, which is a switch from the previous year when the American multinational held the record for most vehicles sold.

The status quo is likely to be maintained, according to Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for US forecasting company LMC Automative.

Mr Shuster said that he believes the launch of the new Corolla compact in 2013 will be "enough to keep them in their [number one] position".

The news follows the prediction by Toyota's American sales chief Jim Lentz that Toyota's Camry would maintain its lead as the best-selling car in the US.

Mr Lentz suggested it would manage to keep exceeding sales of competing mid-sized cars from car-makers Honda and the Ford Motor company.

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