Friday, 24th January 2014
In Business In Japan,
Toyota named world's top selling car maker
Toyota has been named the world's top selling car maker for the second year running, beating off competition from its closest rival US-run General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles last year.
The Japanese firm's achievement is particularly impressive considering how it suffered serious production issues following the 2011 tsunami that crippled the nation and saw thousands of people displaced.
According to the data, 9.98 million vehicles were sold by Toyota worldwide last year, representing an increase of two per cent from 2012.
The company stated it would attempt to outdo itself again in 2014, outlining plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles and produce 10.43 million across the course of the year.
Such figures would once again place it in the record books as no single carmaker has ever topped annual worldwide sales of ten million.
The company was typically low-key about its achievements, releasing a small statement reiterating comments from last year that it is only making one car at a time, to appeal to global consumers.
Written by Mark Smith
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