Toyota has pushed ahead of General Motors and Volkswagen as the world's largest automaker in the first half of 2012.

According to a new Bloomberg report, the 4.9 million units sold by the Japanese automaker in the first six months of 2012 represents an impressive 34-percent jump. Toyota's sales beat out GM by 300,000 units and VW by 520,000.

Still, The General's sales were up 2.9 percent to 4.67 million vehicles sold, while Volkswagen moved 4.45 units, an 8.9 percent increase. While Toyota has enjoyed success in its top markets, North America and Japan, GM and VW have struggled with the economic crisis in Europe.

The Japanese automaker was able to accomplish this even in the wake of the disastrous tsunami in its home market and flooding that occurred in Thailand. According to IHS Automotive market analyst Rebecca Lindland, the strong start may be followed by a downturn in momentum: "they are still restocking dealerships, pulling in consumers who may have waited... but that positive impact will trail off as the year progresses."

Toyota previously took the top spot as the largest global automaker from GM back in 2008 amidst the American financial crisis, but General Motors reclaimed that title in the wake of Japan's natural disasters.


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      Georg
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      Blomberg should learn math Toyota sold 4.9million and VW 4.55million = 520,000 different? ääähh no ... thats 450,000
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        Dean Hammond
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        ? geez, they are subsidized by their OWN GOVT, which HAPPENS to be on foreign soil................so how could they be part of a presidential campaign???? well, maybe in JAPAN.....irrespective, good for them, they have had a tough time of late, with recalls and disasters, and it seems they are getting a tad more adventurous ( FINALLY ) with design....
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          Dean Hammond
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          @Dean Hammond
          oh, and sales numbers, at least here in the States were helped IMMENSLEY through subveened interest rates and rebates, which became necessary with the recall backlash......they basically subsidized their buyers back....I predicted it wouldnt take them long to regain the title............
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          which is NOTHING to do with politics....Im just glad they are getting away from Vanilla.....and Im NOT a Toyota fan at all....but competition is good for the consumer.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quantity over Quality -this can only mean one thing - millions and millions of Toyotas are soon to be recalled, just like the last time Toyota was in the number one spot.
        DarkKnight67
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Exactly, when you dump into the market to gain a sales advantage, you wind up recalling the dump.
      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good for them. I hope you guys have fun in your Camrys...I know I'll be having fun in my Vette.
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well deserved
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        MyerShift
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        No, they just care about what they drive. Not a boring, dull, or ugly appliance.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      Let the hate begin..
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like Akio's direction so far. He's taking risks and at least trying to revive the driving experience.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans like boring cars.
      AudiA4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since when were champions crowned mid-season?
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go GM! Beat JapanInc state socialism.
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