Toyota still holds the title of World's Largest Automaker. The Japanese automaker ceded the claim to General Motors in 2011 following a series of natural and man-made disasters that stifled production in Asia. Production is back up to full speed and, coupled with the introduction of a new Camry midsize sedan, Toyota retook the title in 2012 and has so far been able to keep it by selling 2.43 million vehicles in the first quarter of 2013.

The race is still tight – General Motors reports sales of 2.36 million vehicles, earning it the second spot globally with Volkswagen's 2.27 million sales nabbing the German automaker third place. It's not all smooth sailing for Toyota, either, as the brand's first-quarter figures were down 2.2 percent when compared to last year. GM posted a 3.6-percent gain and VW managed a 5.1-percent gain over the same period.

Sales in China may be a deciding factor as to which automaker performs best in 2013. Toyota's figures were down 13 percent in China. Meanwhile, GM and VW are continuing their upward trajectories in the crucial Chinese market.

As ever, each of the automakers says publicly it doesn't care much about the title. Shino Yamada, a spokesperson for Toyota, told The Washington Post, "Rather than pursuing numbers, we try to sell one car at a time, producing good cars. We aren't focused on being number one." GM spokesperson Jim Cain echoed a similar note, saying, "A day doesn't go by that we don't try to increase our sales all over the world."


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be careful what you wish for. Being the world's number one automaker sometimes seems like being on the NFL player on the cover of the Madden game. You can be pretty sure your next year will be rotten.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
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      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota --------"Rather than pursuing numbers, we try to sell one car at a time, producing good cars. We aren't focused on being number one." GM s---------"A day doesn't go by that we don't try to increase our sales all over the world. These 2 statements say it all. Toyota's goal is becoming leaner in its manufacturing. GM's goal is to sell the most and maximize profit. 1 of these statement results in quality reliable products and the other results in cost cutting and fleet sales.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Or, the two statements show two different things. 1) Toyota is trying to cover up their crying regarding the Ford Focus sales, and past years lagging sales. 2) GM is being honest in pursuing what every single business tries to do.
        Aaron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Damn, mazdaspeed6 got hit by yomama6xxx, yonomoxxx.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how come Toyota always reports last? Do they not have the ability to report first? Its Good GM is not interested in numero uno anymore. Concentrate on building a better Cruze,a better Cadillac, a Better Aveo etc and the crown will come back naturally.
      riserburn99andre
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who ever lays claim to most sales is usually the one highlighted most when it comes to anything negative. I would rather be a close second and not deal with the scrutiny
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @riserburn99andre
        Very ture. another interesting thing is that GM counts sales of Wuling vehicles but they only own 34% of Wuling.
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Toyota do also, they own 51 %of diahatsu and they own hino, and a matter of fact some of the cars are build by daihatsu.
          Mark Calland
          • 8 Months Ago
          @nsxrules

          34% is a controlling interest


          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          That\'s all you got? Everytime you post about GM that\'s all you know how to say as if you know nothing else about the car industry. Oops, I forgot. You\'re the self acclaimed \"auto insider\".
          riserburn99andre
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Well no one has stopped them since they started doing it so I don't see the big deal
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's Honda? Now they can't even use tsunami as an excuse.
        Aaron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Honda has NEVER been close to one of the largest automakers.
      JonnyO
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is an interesting paradox: the typical Autoblogger would like to see their manufacturer of choice take this crown yet they wouldn't want it to happen based on the sales of their particular ride.
      BYALTF
      • 2 Years Ago
      After 2012 Q4 report, Autoline Detroit's John McElroy reported the following after studying all the the major automakers reports. Order of size based on: Vehicle Sold Revenue Profit ============= ============= =========== Toyota Toyota Toyota VW VW VW GM Nissan/Renault Hyundai Nissan/Renault GM Nissan/Renault Hyundai Ford Ford Ford Honda GM Fiat/Chrysler Fiat/Chrysler Honda Honda Hyundai Fiat
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is nearing its goal of becoming number one.
        Rede
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        They are allready Nr 1 unrivaled by profit! Usually companys are counted by profit and not sales number..
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      according to Volkswagen investor relations publications the 2,27million vehicles 1. quarter numbers are without their brands Scania and MAN. The overall vehicle production of Volkswagen was higher than 2.27million
        ed_rc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Georg
        then you would have to add Hino Trucks to Toyotas count.
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