Toyota takes top sales spot worldwide


Toyota Motor Corp. held on to the title of the world’s largest automaker for a third straight year in 2010 despite a bevy of recalls worldwide.

Total sales for the Japanese juggernaut – including figures from Lexus and deliveries from Daihatsu Motor Co. and Hino Motors Ltd. – rose 8 per cent to 8.42 million units in 2010, the automaker said in a statement.

General Motors Co. ranked a close second with worldwide deliveries jumping 12 per cent to 8.39 million units, according to a separate statement.

Interesting to note that GM beat Toyota in China, where sales surged 29 and 19 per cent respectively.

Nabbing third spot was Volkswagen AG. The multi-brand company sold 7.14 million vehicles in 2010, an increase of 14 per cent. Sales chief Christian Klingler forecasts growth of 5 per cent this year.

- With files from Automotive News