Toyota hits top global auto sales in 2014 at 10.23M vehicles

Thursday January 22, 2015
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Jan. 22, 2015 - Toyota Motor Corp. sold 10.23 million vehicles last year, beating out Volkswagen and General Motors to take the auto industry crown for the third year straight.

Its sales grew 6 per cent in the U.S. from the previous year, 13 per cent in China, and 10 per cent in Brazil.

Volkswagen AG sold 10.14 million vehicles in 2014, while General Motors Co. was third at 9.92 million vehicles, a company record.

However, Toyota is less upbeat about the future, reports The Associated Press, as the Japanese automaker expects to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, at 10.15 million vehicles, down 1 per cent year-on-year.

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.

Photo courtesy Toyota

— With files from Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

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