When it comes to global vehicle deliveries, the term "Big Three" doesn't apply to Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, but instead Toyota, GM and Volkswagen - in that order - through the third quarter of 2013. Toyota sold 7.41-million vehicles through the third quarter and is on track to deliver more vehicles this year than GM and VW, which sold 7.25-million and 7.03-million, respectively, through the same period, Bloomberg reports.

During the third quarter, from July to September, Toyota's 2.5-million deliveries helped to push it higher than its closest competitors this year. In that period, GM delivered 2.4-million vehicles while VW posted 2.33-million deliveries.

Part of the reason behind Toyota's and other Japanese automakers resurgence globally is the weakened yen, which can be attributed to policies made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since he took office in December 2012. Many refer to those monetary easing policies as 'Abenomics,' which has led some, such as Ford, to call Japan a currency manipulator and is a big reason why the US is lobbying to oppose Japan's entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Because the yen is weakened, Yuuki Sakurai, president of Fukoku Capital Management Inc., reportedly says, "The selling prices of some Japanese cars in the US have been lowered to make them more competitive."

In the US, at least, GM did out-deliver Toyota in the third quarter. It delivered 697,113 vehicles to Toyota's 586,016, but that was enough for the Japanese automaker to grow 12 percent in the US and beat Ford for the first time in 15 quarters.


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      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now finish them off Toyota.
      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny how this article doesn't mention the currency manipulation the US has used over the last 5 years (QE) that has resulted in the dollar being historically weaker than average against the yen (and other currencies)
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        You will get hundreds in here accuse Japan and China of doing this but no one will ever admit that USA has been doing the same thing.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        Exactly. We have been printing hundreds of billions of dollars through quantitative easing. It is absurd for Ford to whine about this.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        Because the US engaging in currency manipulation is just called "quantitative easing" in the US media, which is supposedly free.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Solomon Kusi
      • 1 Year Ago
      As usual Toyota haters, let the hate comments flow. We talking about reliability u say what? That Toyota got no style? Who cares? If I want style I will look in the way of the range rover autobiography, gl 550, BMW x6 but since I'm on a tight budget I will look out for Toyota. That's why the Cadillacs and other luxury American brands are being mulled outside America. Reliability wise Toyota is eating them up and when it comes to great style the Germans and the uk brands are eating them too.only the f150 does well outside America.
      Satinder Anand
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Japanese vehicles especially (Toyota)made in Japan are better made than their American and Canadian made Toyota vehicles, because my 2008 Yaris with JT vin# has been very very impressive and it's has saved my in major accident I was in
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Satinder Anand
        Toyota's are NOT knows for being a safe place to be in a car accident. One of the worst actually.
          John Davis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          Not true! I was ran off the road in our 2007 Sienna and flipped at 70mph and walked out without a scratch. I was amazed and so was the CHP and the witnesses that stopped to see if I was ok. Very safe cars if you ask me, but everyone has their own opinions. Too bad I can't upload the pictures on here or I would.
        F150Soul
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Satinder Anand
        Well the Yaris is a joke so it evens out. I truly hope you are a chick.
          linuxaddict7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F150Soul
          How about this yaris, ford tough guy? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/11/toyota-yaris-hybrid-r-frankfurt-2013/
          Satinder Anand
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F150Soul
          Oh really my 2008 Yaris has done 114579 clicks and still driving a like charm and that also with major accident beat that Sir, The funny I am still driving with original factory installed bulbs, none have burnt out and replaced
          riserburn99andre
          • 1 Year Ago
          @F150Soul
          Congratulations your appliance is working. I would slit my wrists if I was stuck with that pos
        Titansfan1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Satinder Anand
        What is your point the same for the chevy sonic and a much better vehicle than the yaris
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much hate for toyota here at autoblog... yes they make a boring car, yes it appears as if they don't even try to make their cars competitive, but the rumor is, they are reliable. And the majority of car buyers look at their cars just like they look at their toasters, its a point A to point B appliance. They don't want it to break and their reputation (not research, because people are lazy and think they already know it all) is that of a good reliable car. Personally, I don't love toyota and I don't hate them either but I've had nothing but good experiences with them.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        People get too caught up in saying something is "competitive" or "not competitive" which in reality (for the most part, there are exceptions) only really applies to the enthusiast view. Take the new Corolla, while a vast improvement over the car it's replacing, many still hate on it. But look at the average compact car buyer cross shopping it with something else in the class. Putting aside the bias that many have, in reality what is going to make that vehicle "uncompetitive" for the average buyer looking for new reliable transportation? Maybe some prefer the styling. A few mpg difference won't matter to many either and sway them one way or the other. Some of them using older transmissions. I'm willing to bet the majority of "average" car buyers couldn't tell you how many gears their automatic transmission has. Uncompetitive on a spec sheet doesn't necessarily equate to a car being uncompetitive to the average Joe. I'm certainly not trying to excuse any automaker from being lazy, but at the same point some people act like Toyota is rolling out cars from the 1920's here and expecting them to compete lol.
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      From a reliability stand point, I understand why. Who wants their vehicle at the local garage for a weekend a month?
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah the race to be #1. We see how well that worked out for GM...
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin
        Umm.... are you completely inept? GM was number 1 for over 75 straight years. A record that will probably be never equalled.
          Justin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @riserburn99andre
          Yea right up until they went bankrupt moron.
      mylz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those of you who are saying GMs are fleet sales. You may wanna look at Ford and Hyundai. Ford loves fleet sales. Companies can get base fusions for 15-18k
        R.t Voll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        I don't know how it is elsewhere but in NY every time I get a rental car it is either a Chrysler or a Toyota.
      mao893kim
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about the federal government bailing out GM and Chrysler? Isn't that some kind of unfair industry practice? GM would be nowhere close to this size if not for the bailout.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Soon VW is likely to overtake Toyota.
      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      The numbers of VW does not include MAN and Scania ... just for the record its only 70,000 but they still missing in the number... the correct number would be 7.41 vs 7.25 vs 7.1
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