TheDetroitBureau.com reports Toyota has retaken the global sales crown. The Japanese automaker turned out 9.75 million vehicles last year, putting it just ahead of General Motors, with 9.29 million vehicles. Volkswagen, meanwhile, filled out the podium by building 9.1 million units in 2012.

Still, Toyota numbers fell just below projections the automaker made earlier in the year, due largely to a fierce territorial dispute between Japan and China that has seen mainland buyers shun Japanese goods. But the news marks a substantial comeback for Toyota. The company fell to third place in the global production race in 2011 after tragic earthquake and tsunami caused several plant closures.

In Japan, Toyota enjoyed a sales increase of 35 percent over the previous year, while the company's worldwide sales jumped by 23 percent thanks in part to new additions to the Prius line. The automaker is forecasting yet another increase for 2013, with the company projecting to reach 9.91 million units this year. Neither Volkswagen nor GM have released their own projections just yet.


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        Robert Ryan
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        Not rreally, you get to No.1 by producing a product people want to buy, basic principle of business. Quality is part of that process
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        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        Holy sh*t, Batman! I and hopefully 99.9% of people agree with you on this. I sincerely appreciate this statement and it's level of insight. Refreshing.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        Holy crap this dude finally said something well thought out and intelligent sounding! Now all we have to do is drop the sign-off initials and we'll have a decent poster!
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        Levi
        • 1 Year Ago
        I completely agree. I think they grew too fast, and put growth in front of quality.
      John P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota will always be the leading brand, and number #1, far surpassing their competitors ...like GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, Haier, Bosch et. al; by selling consumer appliances. Thumbs down to T (U) RD !
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just because a company is top in sales, doesn't mean it's at the top when it comes to quality. Look at McDonald's.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean
        I know, GM held the top spot for a long time!
        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean
        Except most respected independent quality surveys show Toyota on top. They must ALL be wrong I guess.
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      rem
      • 1 Year Ago
      This achievement is clearly a result of Toyota's pioneering spirit and innovative technology. They are achieving market dominance thanks to such advanced technology as variable valve timing, multi-port fuel electronic fuel injection, 4 and 5 speed automatic transmissions, the use of aerospace grade materials like aluminum engines, optional AWD on crossover models and even in car navigation on some up-level models. Congratulations Toyota, continue to hone your legacy of innovation!
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rem
        Toyota does not go with innovation.
          techie69
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          @mbukukanyau
          It is about innovation, it thought Ford how to sidestep its design to fail from the start Ford Explorer body-on-frame, who at the time was the champion flipster, by emmulating the stability control installed on the 4-Runner. First to push 16v on all its vehicles, the big3 solution was just increase displacement. First to implement a tire-monitoring system and 1st to do on all its vehicles before it was mandated, back up camera is becoming a standard.
      Rick Hamilton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this for the most recalls?
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      Mikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well Volkswagen, thanks for playin' this year. 2018 can't come soon enough.
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      Tiberius1701
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      Good for them.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM is not interested in numero uno, they are rebuilding the business, and focused on profitability. Number one will come. Their product line is nowhere near full.
        techie69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        LOLOLOLOLOL, very funny.
          techie69
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          @techie69
          I know for a fact some top supplliers who are asking for deviations to spec of the engineering drawings and GM is granting temporarily to meet shipments. I might fit to ram the part withing the tight tolerances, but the dipshit engineers at GM never actually tested it to how it affect the other components as a whole.
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      All right! Boring is back!
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