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The 2014 Toyota Corolla. Forty million Corollas have be... The 2014 Toyota Corolla. Forty million Corollas have been sold since the car's debut in 1966 (Autoblog.com)
Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year.

That would mark a milestone as no automaker has ever topped annual worldwide sales of 10 million.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it sold a record 9.98 million vehicles worldwide last year, up 2 percent from the previous year.

The Japanese automaker has made an impressive comeback from an earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in 2011, damaging auto suppliers and hobbling production.

Toyota also outlined plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles and produce 10.43 million vehicles in 2014.
General Motors Co. sold 9.71 million cars and trucks worldwide last year, outselling Volkswagen AG of Germany at 9.5 million.

Toyota recaptured the global sales crown in 2012 from GM, which had been the top-selling carmaker for more than seven decades until being surpassed by Toyota in 2008.

Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, had strong sales growth last year in overseas markets, although sales fell in long stagnant Japan. Toyota's U.S. sales totaled nearly 2.24 million vehicles, up 7 percent from the previous year. Its China sales were also strong, surging 9 percent to 917,000.

Toyota remained optimistic about prospects this year for both regions, expecting sales to grow 3 percent in the U.S. to 2.3 million vehicles, while adding 20 percent in China sales to 1.1 million.
The company was typically low-key about the bragging rights for being No. 1, reiterating its comments from previous years that it was merely making one car at a time to appeal to global consumers.

GM has also expressed similar sentiments, but being the top seller is a key morale booster for the employees and related companies. The healthy results at the three rivals reflect the momentum of growth in the auto industry.

Toyota has undergone tough times in recent years, such as a massive recall fiasco in the U.S. involving more than 14 million vehicles for sticky gas pedals, faulty floor mats, problematic brakes and many other defects, spanning several years from 2009.

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      I personally like trucks which are square. Like the S10 Blazer. Or the big square Ford Bronco like the sheriff and agent Cooper drive in Twin Peaks. Or the military-esque, somewhat rare, I think made in Austria or Slovenia, Mercedes. Not the rounded one made in Alabama. I went in a friends new little Honda 4X4. It seemed so condo-esque generic, kind of fake or artificial. It didnt feel like I was in a 4x4. It seemed like I was in a miniturized living room from Better Homes and Gardens. It was missing a mountain, rugged, work ready feel to it. The seats seemed to squishy. The leaver on them did. Like instead they should be in some disco water ski boat. It wasn't the kind of car I'd want to use for hiking, skiing, driving to the Wind River Range in Wyoming in. It seemed to me like the kind of thing some guy would drive to the office or a mom would go the mall in. I'd much rather have an old style Blazer or Bronco over one of these things.
      • 1 Year Ago
      toyota used to be the best in quality... Now Hyundai seems to be the best
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      oh NOOOO, too many new vehicles 2010 to 2014 are tooo lousy automakers, ugly design, weak body, 2 weak bumpers, no have 2 amber yellow lights on rear taillights, front bumper radiator is block, wrong gas in hole on passage side, TOOO LOUSY vehicles
        • 1 Year Ago
        What did you meant by wrong gas hole on passenger side? I seem did not have the trouble which side gas hole would be. Just pick right pump for right side of the gas gate. Other than that everything seem to be a nice Toyora (Prius) vehicle, I have..2013..
      steve coan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't believe them. Toyota has lied repeatedly for DECADES about everything from defective equipment, odometer calibration, U.S. part content, recall information, fuel economy, the list goes on and on. Chances are they were able to fudge the numbers just enough to blow past GM...that's all they care about. The ends justifies the means. They are not to be trusted...ever. By the way, the Prius is an ugly, unsafe ashcan of a car. Good for the environment? Not hardly. Read up on the ecological disaster that's required just to manufacture them.
      Pat Kittle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Japanese quality is not only unsurpassed, it's unequaled. The Japanese are smart and they work hard -- how about some appreciation for a job well done.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Toyota Coralla, (sp) is the ugglist car made, the grill looks ugly, Ford grill ugly also, and Lexus is just as bad!
      • 1 Year Ago
      McDonald's sells more burgers than anyone else, so they must be the best burger - right?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I,m with you shmtnmusic.
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      you forgot to mention that all of the floor mat issues / lawsuits WERE THROWN OUT AND FOUND TO BE FALSE
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        that's because it was never about floor mats--but about the throttle assembly, *******.............
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      In my fomer employment many years ago i actually showed japanese engineers from toyota and honda how we made some of our electrical engine componets and how they functioned on the engine ..again this was in the late sixties early seventies.....As the japanese in fact simply did was too impliment these ideas and improved upon them...as they still do....from there cars or trucks design to the engine....all ideas stolen or borrowed from seperate car makers...mostly america..Oh and genuises they asemble cars in the states from parts mostly shipped from there own parts plants in japan as they protect there at home parts producers fiercly..
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      I heart my 2004 Toyota Prius. Great car with almost no mainttenance except oil. Never had a lick of trouble with it in 9 years. Average a real 45-47 mpg. Will never go back to a full gasoline car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      NIssan closing in rapidly!!!
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