Volkswagen
has repeatedly told the world that it will soon be the largest automaker in terms of global sales volume. As it stands, it may already be number two. Car Advice reports that VW sold 8.16 million units in 2011, marking the first time it has eclipsed eight million global sales.. Toyota finished 2011 with 7.9 million sales, in part because of production disruptions resulting from the March earthquake in Japan.

That's an incredible feat made all the more impressive by a 14.3-percent surge in sales compared to the auto giant's 2010 totals. Volkswagen has plenty of reason to celebrate, but it's not quite time to erect a statue in honor of the year's sales success. General Motors hasn't yet reported full-year sales, but analysts expect that the final tally could reach nine million units.

The German automaker should feel pretty good about its accomplishment, but there is more work to do if VW is to reach its lofty goal of 10 million units annually by 2018. If VW can continue to roll out waves of successful new products and global auto sales continue to climb, we're not going to bet against them.


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      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congratulations to VW for beating the most evil car company on the planet.. Let's pick it up GM! Many American are rooting for you! I wish "karoshi" to all the TRDyota leghumpers.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
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        Get a life
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Seriously get a life and go troll elsewhere. To have so much hate in your heart must make for a pathetic life. 7.9 million sales for Toyota after one hellacious year sounds good. Could you image if America suffered the catastrophes Japan did? Our plants would still be idle. Also, kudos to VW. It makes me laugh is all these pro Americans rooting for VW and bashing Toyota, when VW is German and Toyota is Japanese, both who were allies in WWII. Ignorance is bliss. Just FYI 100,000 American died in the three year Pacific campaign which was LESS than Eisenhower lost in 18 months in Europe.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW should be worried, it took 2 major acts of God (Tsunami/Eartquake in Japan and Flooding in Thailand) for them to barely squeak by Toyota. I'm not surprised of course given that Toyota builds top notch cars and VW builds unreliable cars.
        Paul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Stop trolling
        Robdaemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Funny, that was not a contributing factor in my decision to purchase a Volkswagen over a Toyota in 2011. Toyota didn't offer a vehicle that could compete with my Golf TDI.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        God?
      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      It took God for VW to surpass TOYOTA only slightly this year, but remember TOYOTA is releasing a whole raft of new models next year, New corolla, Prius C, new Lexus ES/LS, GT 86. VW and GM better watch out, The KING WILL RETURN TO ITS THRONE
      • 2 Years Ago
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        vc-10
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nope, GM are, by quite a way. Since carpocalypse, GM have started making decent cars again and as such have been selling cars. VW are on the up in a big way though.
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't help but laugh at all the Toyophiles defending their nerdmobiles sales. What part of them being in a downward freefall for the last three years is so hard to understand? A full two years before the earthquake sales were plumeting toward the earths crust. Monthly sales have been in the RED every month for three solid years even when all the other makers, including it's Japanese rivals increased sales. In reality, the earthquake helped Toyota rid itself of unsold vehicles rusting away on dealer lots. Oops, sorry. Not supposed to mention rust and Toyota anymore. The defenders butt cheeks tend to tighten and constipation runs amuck.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW sales went through the roof in the late 90s, but quality issues bit them in the rear. If they can survive now, great. But significantly dumbing down your products to achieve mainstream success works in the short term, not the long term.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
        Aye i think you are talking from USA perspective that's still rather small market from them. They have been doing better and better in reliability and quality in the past 6 years. Not to sound like typical European, but there is life outside USa as well. ;)
        bazzz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
        Might be true for VW products sold in America (i can't say), but definitely not for the european VW's.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
        they only did that for the american market and the american sales are negligible anyway
        rocketmoose
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BB79826
        They went through the roof in the late 90s because they delivered better cars than the competition. Simple as. If anything, it's now they're dumbing down their cars - and only the only car they've actually dumbed down is the North American Jetta.
      bazzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, and EVERYONE here was laughing about VW's plans here in 2007: http://www.autoblog.com/2007/09/24/toyota-to-be-overtaken-in-2015-by-the-germans/ Just experts here in the comments. Sure, that quake had an impact, but VW would've dominated Toyota with/without quake in 2014. People need to realize that europe/america isn't that significant anymore..
        DrEvil
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bazzz
        I didn't laugh at VW, I cautioned them. In light of the quality control issues that has plagued the brand here in the US, I thought that was where their focus should lie. GM, however will take the top spot, and it will only widen in the coming years. Remember, GM is still flushing "Old GM" products out of their portfolio. The Malibu has only just joined the global stage, The Colorado is also new to the global stage. The Cruze is probably the most mature global product in GM's lineup.
          vc-10
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          The quality issue is a US thing. Elsewhere, VW have a reputation for being very solid. My 2002 Polo only developed it's first fault last November, having done 120,000 miles. It's been in the shop for repairs before, but not due to it breaking itself...
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        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        So what about all the recalled TRDyotas in Japan, China and Europe?
          billfrombuckhead
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MAX
          If TRDyota didn't have electronic problems, WHY DID THEY REFLASH THE COMPUTERS?
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      Winsom Cash
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprised, Toyota has been making boring car average quality cars for awhile now, eventually it will catch up to them.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Winsom Cash
        I have yet to see a Passat in any color other than Silver, does that qualify for boring?
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          There were red R8's at the car show last year.
          rocketmoose
          • 2 Years Ago
          I have yet to see an Audi R8 in any colour but silver, does that qualify for boring?
        sysadm1n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Winsom Cash
        You clearly don't know how business works. Would you rather them build flashy and fun to drive cars that appeal to a fraction of what their "boring" cars appeal to? Camry and Corolla dominate sales.
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awd diesel jetta wagon please.
        vc-10
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill
        They've certainly been available, not sure if they still are. But as a Golf, in Europe. They're certainly not available in the UK (the only AWD Golf we get is the R)
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      congratulations wolfsburg!
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