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It was a little more than a year ago when Volkswagen, because of Porsche's stock market finagling, briefly became the most valuable company in the world. This was just after it passed Ford for the number three slot in global sales. Now the big company that could – powered by the little car that could – has passed Toyota to take the number one slot as the world's largest automaker.
Of course, there is some number play involved once again. We're talking about the combined entity VW-Porsche, which has built 4.4 million cars to date, which is roughly 400,000 beyond Toyota's mark. However, Toyota halved its production earlier this year and shut down all of its plants in February, and come summer, VW benefited much more than Toyota from the European cash-for-clunkers programs. VW's also got the edge on Toyota in China, where it has spent years introducing models specifically designed for that market.

The year isn't over yet, though, and Toyota still expects to build seven million cars this year. But stay tuned for Q4 of 2010, when it's announced that VW is officially bigger than the Beatles. Hat tip to Jarrett.



[Source: The Guardian]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      VWs, if made in Germany, tend to be too expensive vis-v-vis Japanese brands, and don't offer good value. If the VW are made in Mexico, they suffer in quaility.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fathers 15 year old Golf is still going strong. Only major work done on it was an engine rebuild. My own Audi A3 is one solid piece of kit, although a brake bulb did need replacing once.
      VW are on top because of quality and diversity. Reliability is'nt perfect (no car is perfect)
      but most of the repairs i've heard about from many VW brand owners are just small things that dont effect the cars safety or performance.
      But i suppose they tend to be a little better coming from a German factory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Had a great time in a bug in the 60's and love my Toyota Camry today. I will stay with the bigger engine, more trunk space and more leg room. Growing up can be so much fun. Hope Toyota keeps up the good work.
      Maukwa
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was a die hard Toyota fan, had all of my kids buy Toyota etc.....but after the way I was treated by them when I bought my 99 Corolla, and had a problem with some chemical coating that was making it hard for me to breathe.....I will never buy another. Think I'll be looking at Ford....the more American made the better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still not buying that they spend 3 quarters building 4 million cars and that they will do 3 million cars in 1 quarter, in what I expect to be a down quarter regardless of new cars coming out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's great for VW. It seems like they came up from nowhere. I mean, they make a lot of cars globally but I never would have thought they had the volume of Toyota and GM. They seem like the quiet victors that have succeeded not because they have been the loudest or the most boisterous, but because they have good product and good timing. They have shown with the newest incarnations of the Polo, Golf and GTI that small cars don't have to be a parts bin afterthought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I worked for a VW dealer for 3 years and can honestly say they are the most unreliable/expensive to repair. I've been in the car business for over 20 years and worked for many different brands. VW is a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hate to tell ya but toyotas are reliable but they are drab and boring.. they make me want to invest in rocking chairs. VW knows what young consumers want nowadays. Toyota has lost its edge sorry. Hopefully VW will improve quality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather see a German Car Company take over #1 than a Japanese Car Company. I still want to see BMW buy Pontiac and see Pontiac sales go through the roof! It won't happen, but I can still dream.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I enjoy this type of news, considering I'm a VW fan and have only owned VW's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota's may regain it's #1 spot again but long term i think it's star is falling. Prior to the latest Camry, the four previous generations all had exhausts pipes hanging too low under the floor pan, like a loose rope. OH what a feeling! Bump & grind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bigger isnt always better...its all about the motion of the ocean
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