Toyota is expecting to see a sales increase of around two percent next year, according to Automotive News. The Japanese manufacturer is set to retake its position as the world's largest automaker this year, and 2013 may see the company's global sales step to 9.91 million vehicles. That figure includes sales from subsidiaries like Hino Motors and Daihatsu Motor Company. Much of that projection depends on US sales increasing to balance out a 15-percent decline in Japan. The Japanese government allowed subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles to expire in September, and Toyota sales have slackened as a result.

Globally, new vehicle sales are expected to crest 80 million units for the first time in 2012 despite economic woes in the European Union. Next year, Toyota expects to see its overseas operations enjoy an eight percent rise in sales to 7.87 million units while Japanese deliveries are projected to decline to 2.04 million vehicles. The company predicts sales in Asia, meanwhile, will be driven largely by Indonesia. Interestingly enough, the company has not settled on a sales target for China.


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      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oops, my bad. At first glance I thought the headline was "Toyota already forecasting record recalls for 2013".
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Not mine!
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        RotaryExperiment
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Having worked at a Cadillac, Toyota, and Hyundai Dealer. The GM had far more recalls and computer updates then Toyota.
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RotaryExperiment
          No, not even close - that is the one area where Toyota is the clear leader - number of recalls over the last three years. There were many, many more than the most publicized acceleration issues, those just received the most press.
          RotaryExperiment
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RotaryExperiment
          Well having worked between Toyota and GM dealerships in the past three years, you are wrong. Toyota had a brake lamp switch recall, floor mat clip recall, shaving of the gas pedal recall, and that's about it.. While GM has had reflash after reflash for almost every vehicle they sell (and this was Cadillac, Buick, GMC). Hyundai has a number of recalls as well, more then Toyota (replacing clock springs, curtain air bags, computer reflashes, etc, but the news doesn't blast them like they blasted Toyota.) My point is, ALL manufacturers have a LOT of recalls. Toyota is just a media favorite, and they have less unique recalls then most other brands. NOW if you want to count per vehicle, yes toyota will be on top of that list because Toyota has more vehicles on US roads then any other vehicle. But there has been no MAJOR recalls. (GM hasn't had any major recalls, well except for the Chevy Sonic that had a recall because the factory forgot to install front brake pads....)
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it the more AB hates Toyota, the better they sell? Wondering how many haters have actually even sat in a newer one, much less driven one, or if they are just hating for the sake of hating.
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          Generic
          • 2 Years Ago
          SVX, you claim to be a BMW driver. Why would a BMW driver even bother to test drive a Prius? I think your just full of poo. Your bashing a car you really haven't looked at, or your just hating to hate. No BMW driver is going to cross shop a Prius.
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          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 2 Years Ago
          To MWB: - actually, having driven both a Volt and the plug in Prius, I can safely say that the Volt is much, much more of a drivers car and is most certainly better built, with far nicer interior materials, fit and finish and instrument panel layout, not to mention being having significantly better technology for not much difference in price - look at lease pricing and let me know how ANYONE could possibly choose the Prius for any reason other than pure ignorance or refusal to look at the facts. Plus you have to look at the Prius every day when you walk up to it!
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Generic
        I sat in a few when comparing to purchase new cars, and I left unimpressed by the Yaris and especially the Corolla - embarassingly outclassed by their competitors. As a former Toyota owner (MK1 MR2 for 7 yrs. which I LOVED) I did not purchase another. It's as if they've sat on their laurels while their competitors have caught up and/or surpassed them.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @S.
          Resting on their laurels is basically the best way to describe Toyota. It's not that they suck, but more got lazy and dull. They are good cars, but have relied too much to sell on reputation and not design or performance. They don't even make cars attractive or interesting on the outside or inside. Wasn't always the case, but it sure is now. Even the Japanese have long criticized Toyota for going boring meanwhile Nissan took stage to make interesting and passionate cars.
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @S.
          GR, looks like they're finally coming out of that though, at least in the sports car realm. Now its Honda's turn.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      We car people just have to come to terms with the hard, cold reality: the majority of drivers are not car people and don't care that much about their car. To many, the automobile is merely an appliance you sit in and drive. It's not much different than a washing machine or a dish washer except in its role. How many of us would get excited over a new Whirlpool? It's baffling, I know. It's hard to comprehend until you meet and talk to these people who simply just don't give a **** about the car they drive. Boring is totally okay with them. They are simply interested in other things. The best we can do is reward the cars and makes that create interesting, fun-to-drive offerings by buying them and supporting them. Break out of the biege! Find the cure to the common Camry!
        Mclarlm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        Exactly. Toyota doesn't build cars for me and that's okay. I don't begrudge them record sales. The everyday driver shouldn't have to subsidize my sports-oriented needs with their purchases. Variety is good. Even if it doesn't cater to me.
        Generic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        A real car fan can see and appreciate the quality and reliability of a Toyota. The cars that are fun to drive are not nearly as reliably and usually end up as weekend toys while the Toyota actually works to get people to work,store,etc.
          Generic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          SVX, I find it odd that you would use a Subaru SVX as an example of a quality fun car. They are plagued with transmission failures. I'm actually a Subaru fan, but the SVX is Subaru's biggest blunder ever.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          WMB, I don't agree with SVX's reasoning that you can't afford cars like his BMW so therefore you hate, BUT I think he does have a valid point in bringing up the fact that there are reliable, yet more enjoyable alternatives to many of Toyota's products. Having also been a former Subaru owner, I must say the brand is one of the best examples to this. Subarus are just as reliable as most Toyotas, yet offer features like AWD and a boxer engine. They also have offered performance oriented cars like the WRX in the US since 2002. When is the last time Toyota offered a turbo? Supra? As SVX also pointed out further down, it was Subaru, not Toyota that led the way and did most of the development on the Toyobaru (FR-S, BRZ, GT-86). Subaru is an excellent example of a stellar comparable brand to Toyota that actually offers more interesting cars. SVX, I would take a BRZ in 6 speed manual even if it was a commuter or grocery getter. :)
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          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          I actually respect Toyota, BUT for one to believe only Toyota or Honda offers reliability and quality is truly misinformed. I have owned a lot of smaller brand Japanese cars that were just as reliable as a Toyota or Honda yet offered an alternative to their ubiquity and dullness. You should know that many of the components, sensors, etc. for a Toyota are no different from another Japanese brand car because they are made by the same parts manufacturers. Wrench on cars and you will notice. Makers like Toyota simply sell now on reputation. They don't have to design, innovate, or inspire to sell because so many are willing to just buy based on the reputation. With all the Toyota recalls and their recent dismal crash test rating by IIHS for the Camry and Prius V, one should start to question why they are going to something like a Toyota Camry by default. That is my point. I never stated Toyotas are horrible. I am more arguing against the common belief that others are inferior. Many buyers believe this therefore they go with something like a Camry to get their car buying experience over with. It's like appliance shopping.
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          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          I'm sure they could dial in some steering feel and less body roll and still be perfectly reliable. There are plenty of reliable and fun-to-drive cars out there.
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          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 2 Years Ago
          I generally have 3 or 4 vehicles for different purposes, including a daily driver, always an autocrosser and something sweet for long interstate and back road cruises. But no, I and anyone else who is a real car ENTHUSIAST would own ANY current Toyota (I would rather have the Subaru than the Scioin version of the Toyaburu - its just a little better done). There are tons and tons of 'trusted daily drivers' that are just better at bringing on grins when driving - and looking at - face it, Toyota absolutely SUCKS at any kind of attractive styling in any of their products.
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      Tiberius1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      So nice for them...but one of them will not be to me. Ever.
      mikoprivat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not if they continue with their inferior quality products like they did in the last three years...even the uneducated american consumer will eventually realize that and will stop buying their krap
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        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikoprivat
        So how come they are forecasting sales growth in 2011, 2012 and now 2013 as well? Must be the pills I took?
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...and in other news, the pigs at Toyota agreed to pay 1.1 billion dollars to install safety systems and provide cash payments to customers to resolve sweeping U.S. class-action litigation over claims that millions of the Japanese automaker's vehicles accelerate unintentionally. No, Toyota is innocent, they pay this amount 'cause they are such nice guys!!!
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        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        I was at the LA Auto Show and the Lexus's looked great but then head over to the Toyota area and they have the dullest lineup out of everybody there. People are not joking when they say they are boring appliances but i guess there is a lot of boring people that don't care..lol o.O
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          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike
          I remember going to the NYIAS a year ago and sitting in a bare-bones Corolla (steelies and crank windows). First off, who brings that to the NY auto show. Second, it stickered at $17.5k. Ridiculous!
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news,Ice Cream makers forecasting record Vanilla flavor sales.
      md_stew
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I know that Toyota builds a good vehicle, I just. Cant understand it's "Crack Like Appeal". There are other just as (or better) reliable vehicles on sale from other automakers. Maybe its just me cause I buy from any and every automaker. If you have something that appeals to me Ill buy it, I don't care who you are.
      SKINNY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I consider myself a car guy. Toyota makes some boring cars. But they do make well engineered and well built cars. I have a 2005 sienna and love it. Not from a performance perspective. It is a very comfortable car has adequate steering feel etc. In 7 years i have put 170k miles on it. It is a truly well engineered product. It has held up better than i ever expected. Everything still works. Everything all original. Only normal maint. Engine and transmission still hum as new. Engine is still as flexible as when new. Can still floor it entering highways. Still quiet and rattle free. Still a great paint job. I hope to keep it well past 200k miles. People can bash toyota all they want. But they know they do their homework on what market they want and capture it. If u want a performance car go get a porsche if u can afford it. all are not looking for performance in fact most are not.
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SKINNY
        Other carmakers make long lasting vehicles, many 4.0L Jeeps with over 400k miles
          SKINNY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MAX
          Yeah. One out of every thousand. Reality is reality. Reliability/ quality reports are no fluke. Year after year toyota has been at or near the top. Jeep? Bottom. Also have 6 lexus 2 mercedes 2 bmw a saab 3 audi in extended family. None are as reliable as the toyota lexus. A few of the lexus date back to mid 90's with over 200k miles and excellent reliabilrify.
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          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MAX
          Jeeps are not that reliable, BUT... that 4.0L is a dream of an engine to work on. I once fixed my ex-girlfriend's mom's Cherokee with the 4.0 Liter. Coming from mostly working on little Japanese cars, that Jeep's 4.0 was so easy to work on! You could actually put your hand in there! On the other hand, Jeep transmissions are notoriously bad.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      so stop being stingy and build more FR-S / BRZ
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          nowherefast792
          • 2 Years Ago
          You realize that Subaru and Toyota have been in bed for years right? Long before they built the FRS/BRZ.
          nowherefast792
          • 2 Years Ago
          I said they have been in bed for years. Toyota bought stake in Subaru in 2005, not 2008. I was commenting on SVX saying that Toyota didn't contribute to the FRS/BRZ. They are built in a Subaru plant, doesn't mean that they were designed solely by Subaru. Check your info before you call someone out, buddy.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Actually, not long because Toyota bought the stake GM had in Subaru when GM was headed for bankruptcy in the economic crisis of 2008. That was 5 years ago. Not that long, buddy.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          nowherefast, SVX is actually correct about the development of the Toyobaru. Toyota did the styling, offered the direct injection... and that's about it. The rest of the development was done by Subaru. I have read countless articles on this and also watched a clip on the development of the car (and its various components) where they interviewed the engineers who designed the car. Nearly all of them are from Subaru. Also, yes, Toyota bought stake in Subaru starting in 2005, but it's in 2008 that they doubled the stake and actually started anything worthwhile together. Ever wondered why it took them years longer than expected to finally release the Toyobaru? So, you were saying something about checking info? You apply that to yourself?
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Mutsuraboshi banzai!
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