Now that the title of world's largest maker has become a clear and eager battle, we can expect more regular updates on the progress of the combatants. Bloomberg reports that Toyota snagged the #1 crown in Q1, taking it away from General Motors with 2.49 million units sold across its five brands compared to 2.28 million for GM. Volkswagen was just another tenth down at 2.19 million units sold.

What all three might appreciate even more than the crown – except for VW, who is monomaniacal about the No. 1 tag – is that sales volumes and profitability are up, at least in America. Toyota's sales rebound from the catastrophes of last year (and indeed, the last few years) is being underlined by its performance here, where the Prius Plug-In is the third-best seller against a background of the nation's best car sales market in five years. Even with double its usual fleet sales in Q1, Toyota expects this financial year's profits to double.

The year isn't over yet and it remains close, but for now it looks like there'll be good news for everyone. Well, until 2016, when Volkswagen is predicted to vanquish all challengers at the top of the podium, two years ahead of its own ridiculously ambitious schedule.


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      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's go GM, make America and China proud and crush the state socialist JapanInc trade predator like Apple and Foxconn destroyed Sony. JapanInc= 50 years of buying the yen down to the point they are now worse in per capita debt than Greece. The new American compacts like Cruze, Dart and Focus make the Corolla seem almost Soviet. The new Fusion and Malibu look like they cost $10,000 more than Camry.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        "The new American compacts like Cruze, Dart and Focus make the Corolla seem almost Soviet." The Cruze was developed in Korea by GM-DAT. The Focus was developed in Germany by Ford of Europe. And strip away the Dart's shell and you'll find a modified Italian Alfa Romeo underneath. Keep dreaming.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Billfrombuckhead ... if you genuinely have to ask such questions, then it only confirms to me what I gleaned from your earlier comment. Which is that you know nothing about the car industry. I myself wouldnt buy a US market Corolla. I would buy a European Auris on the same platform with a six speed box, a 180bhp diesel and 50mpg all rolled into an attractive hatchback package.
          billfrombuckhead
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Where was the Corolla with it's antique 4 speed automatic developed? Uzbekistan?
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Maybe the Corolla was developed in the same country where the CAST IRON bottom end engined, slow selling Volt was developped?
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Biggest doesn't necessarily mean best.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        How very unamerican of you.
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Funny, I don't remember you saying that when GM took the top spot after the Japanese disasters crippled Toyota's ability to produce cars.
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Only when it's GM, right?
      Hello Suckers
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did they do it? Despite all the setbacks they were able to reclaim top spot with their extremely bland line of cars.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hello Suckers
        It just shows how much Toyota relies on imported parts from Japan that they use on the cars that they assemble here.
          tdavi100
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Steve i hate to burst you 1980's bubble but where do you think Ford, GM, and Dodge parts are manufactured?
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        Rampant
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, all the soccer moms and old people...
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          @Rampant
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          @Rampant
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          Rampant
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rampant
          I assure you, im well past the age that childish insults offend me.
      Logan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would take a vw over the other two. GM is a poorly managed shitty company that sent great brands like Pontiac and Saab to their deaths. Vw needs to stop whining about how they want to be #1 and maybe make some reliable cars. It can't be that hard to do but yet it is. And if you like driving you don't drive a toyota. It's a fact.
      bubciak
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every IDIOTA drives Toyota :))))))))))))))
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      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess VW will now start to dig through statistics to dig one that would show they're the biggest. If I remember correctly, over the years they claimed the crown by turnover, profit and market cap. They're certainly the biggest car maker by the number of assoholic press releases.
      Scott62
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a Toyota fan myself, but this is just good news for everyone. It doesnt really matter who sells more cars at the end of the year as long as people have the jobs and money to buy them!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scott62
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          me
          • 2 Years Ago
          So u mean when a giant auto company, take forever to make a good compact, a good hybrid, a sedan that can compete with the camry/accord. No small coupe no roadster. What was there before the soltice as viable coupe. And don't get started with caddy and it's one trick pony lineup..... There's the cts then...... No 3series no 7 or s class. No 6 series fighter no cls fighter....the cts has been around for awhile but think 10 yes ago when it was the catera. again don't blame the public for not buying bullshit. Even further where was gm in the integra, Rsx eclipse, celica mr2 s2000 or supra z 3000gt was going on.... They were completely absent from that entire party. Thats why Honda/Toyota are doing better it started back then. The last time gm was the **** was in the muscle car era. They decided to sell us bs and trucks
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps GM might make it back to the Top by December.
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Maybe they can go back to their old ways (and VW's) an just continue to "grow" by buying more automakers! LOL!
      raptor2569
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bunch of idiots for buying these cars.
      buytoyotas
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Toyota Camry for the 3rd year in a row: Cars.com's annual American-Made Index ranks the most-American vehicles based on percentage of their parts that are made domestically, where they are assembled and how many are sold to U.S. buyers. http://www.cars.com/go/about/us.jsp?section=P&content=rel&date=20110627 90% of all Camrys sold since 1996 are still on the road: http://www.toyota.com/camry/awards.html If it's on the internet, then it must be true! :)
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