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Toyota has retaken the auto industry's global sales cro... Toyota has retaken the auto industry's global sales crown, after briefly slipping behind GM. (AP photo).
Now it's official: Toyota is once again the world's top automaker.

Toyota Motor Corp. released its tally for global vehicle sales for last year Monday at a record 9.748 million vehicles - a bigger number than the estimate it gave last month of about 9.7 million vehicles.

It was already clear Toyota had dethroned General Motors Co. as the Detroit-based automaker fell short, selling 9.29 million vehicles.

GM had been the top-selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.

GM retook the sales crown in 2011, when Toyota's production was hurt by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

The latest results show Toyota's powerful comeback.

Global vehicle sales for the maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury model surged nearly 23 percent from the previous year. Overseas sales jumped 19 percent, while sales in Japan, where the economy has been troubled, recovered a whopping 35 percent.

Volkswagen AG of Germany, the world's No. 3 automaker, sold a record 9.1 million vehicles around the world.

All three automakers play down the significance of the sales ranking and say they are focused on making attractive products.

"Rather than going after numbers, we hope to make fine products, one by one, to keep out customers satisfied. The numbers are just a result of our policy. And our policy will continue unchanged," said Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada.

Still, the recovery for Toyota is impressive. Like other Japanese automakers, Toyota's production was devastated by the March 2011 disasters, which disrupted supplies of crucial components. Flooding in Thailand, where Toyota has factories, also hurt car production.

Before that, it struggled against a crisis of massive recalls in the U.S. over defective floor mats, gas pedals and brakes, involving millions of vehicles, some recalled over and over, that hurt its reputation for quality.

Toyota officials have vowed to scrutinize quality, and have held back product development to minimize recalls.

From the middle of last year, it was hit by another kind of problem - a widespread boycott of Japanese products, including Toyota cars, in China over a territorial dispute.

But sales growth in other parts of the world, including the U.S. and Asian nations such as Indonesia and India, was more than enough to offset such losses.

Toyota is planning to sell 9.91 million vehicles globally in 2013, putting it back on track toward its earlier goal of 10 million vehicles - a target that it had made a special effort to play down after its recall crisis.



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      michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone buying a TOYota gets what they deserve. Camry, Prius etc...these cars are laughable. More recalls than any manufacturer in auto making history and the sheople still run to buy them. Toyota has never even made a decent looking vehicle, let alone one that is anything more than a modified grocery cart. I'll never understand what they see in this brand.
      Henry
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a eight year old Toyota Prius and it is the best car I have ever owned. Total cost for repairs, over eight years, ZERO, NOTHING, NADA. Still have the factory brakes, shocks, and batteries. The only think I take the care into the shop for is an oil and filter change, and to replace air and cabin air filters as needed. Other than that it is all money in my pocket. On top of all that savings, I still average around 50 MPG. Long live Toyota, long live Prius, and I will keep buying them.
        apcc538
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Henry
        dork
        junglejack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Henry
        have a 2000 silverado 4.8 v-8 with 325,000 miles, never spent a dime other than routine maintenance. doesn't get 50 mpg but neither does your preus
      lunger5019
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about ---MOST RECALLS IN THE LAST 4 YEARS ----
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lunger5019
        This shows the stupided of people.buy anything cheep,nomatter how they are built.
      pat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let GM Die. They build trash and use slave labor in China to help them do it.
        apcc538
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pat
        You don't have a clue.
        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pat
        Yeah,I want toyota to die. Talk about junk Those cars won't be around in 50 years,but there are plenty of GM ,Fords,Chryselers around from 50 years ago. Japanese crap is out.
      • 2 Years Ago
      All this toyota bashing. Toyota is building new auto plants in the U S A as GM is building new plants in China. Go figure
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        jerzy142(Dork), GM sell cars in China. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Asia supporter.
      Spoonercat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not hard to whip "Government Motors"
        janka51
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spoonercat
        move to japan then if you hell bent on destroying the US
      AL-Concetta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if American car makers employees would stay sober and not smoke weed on their lunch breaks then maybe they can build a decant car.
      janka51
      • 2 Years Ago
      why would an America buy this junk in the first place
      apcc538
      • 2 Years Ago
      Screw import owners, they are the problem!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The year after the US taxpayers bailed GM out of bankruptsy GM made big profits. Instead of paying the tax payer back some of the $25 billion that they still owe they chose to give big bonuses to employees. That's why I didn't consider GM when I bought a new car last fall.
      wrestleprocbt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like it's time to give Government Motors more money, maybe for advertising. I really enjoyed the ads about paying the money back early which they didn't and had to pull the ads...Think we'll ever get this money back?
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        Why are you a japanese supporter? Why can`t you be proud of America? If you don`t like it here, move back to Japan, moron.
        mcwhomper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        oh i think we got it back but it came as contributions and the tax payer as always take the hit. our government never has the money to take care of the elderly and sick,but it has the money to supply protection for past presidents and the money for the best medical care for politicians,as always the more money you have the more free stuff you get .
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2008 Rav 4 has had trouble since the beginning. Cheaply made for starters. It has a starting problem that their mechanics have never been able to figure out, mainly because they're to lazy and stupid. Toyota refuses to help, the dealer stops giving a **** once they make the sale. DON'T BUY TOYOTA'S!!!
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