Toyota has reclaimed the title of world's largest car maker in 2012 after outselling General Motors.
Toyota sold 9.75 million vehicles in 2012, a 23% gain in global sales that allowed it to reclaim the top spot from GM and fend off third-placed Volkswagen.
GM sold 9.29 million vehicles in 2012, while the German auto giant sold 9.07 million.
Nissan. and Honda also logged record sales as Japan's motor industry gave yet another sign of its resurgence from the supply-chain disruptions of the previous year caused by the earthquake in Japan and flooding in Thailand.
Nissan sold a record 4.94 million vehicles, up 5.8% from a year earlier, while Honda sold 3.82 million, a rise of 19%.
Toyota, whose sales volume includes minicar maker Daihatsu and truck maker Hino bounced back from those production problems to sell more vehicles than ever before on demand for its Prius family of hybrid cars, sedans such as the Camry and SUVs such such as the Lexus RX 350.
Toyota first became no 1 in 2008 and held the position for three years.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Trump encourages Russian hackers to release Clinton emails
- Trustpower tax ruling: Government needs to act to clarify law for other firms
- While you were sleeping: Dollar gains on Fed
- Freightways chief pooh-poohs suggestion of headwinds
- Suburban intensification and sprawl outside city boundary - Unitary Plan
Most listened to
- Government will need to tidy up tax law in wake of Trustpower case, says Deloitte New Zealand tax partner Greg Haddon
- Abano CEO Richard Keys on why his company doesn't have to pay top dollar for dental practices
- Nevil Gibson's Carry On has the latest on airlines, aircraft and route news of the week
- The Unitary Plan will change the face of Auckland. NBR reporter Sally Lindsay looks at the changes
- Rabobank's newly appointed CEO Daryl Johnson answers seven key questions on this agriculture industry