Toyota is the top-selling automaker in the world. Again. Still. With total reported sales, including those from subsidiaries, of 9.98 million in 2013, Toyota's performance was enough to outpace rival General Motors by around 270,000 vehicles. That's a 2.4-percent gain over 2012, and it makes Toyota the top-seller two years in a row. Still, the gap between the top three is shrinking – Toyota held a 460,000-unit lead in 2012.

GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, a four-percent increase, coming in second place ahead of Volkswagen, which sold around 9.5 million. According to Bloomberg, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said his company managed to win the sales race while also remaining more profitable than GM or VW.

It's going to be another interesting year in 2014 as the three behemoth automakers vie for the title of World's Largest. Toyota has predicted that it will increase sales in 2014 to 10.32 million – which would make Toyota the first automaker ever to surpass 10 million global sales – though General Motors and VW are expected to again fight for the lead in the massive Chinese market. Stay tuned.


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      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      Haters gonna hate. Just make better cars than Toyota, whats so difficult?
        OffRoaderWrangler
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bK
        I don't hate on them. It is amazing brand perception that sells Toyotas. There are much better offerings from many other manufacturers, but Toyota holds onto the customers. The quality perception is still there even after many issues with regard to their vehicles. Their production system is a benchmark for the industry, but most have copied and improved upon the old Toyota Production System and quality exceeds Toyota consistently. It took a long time for Toyota to get that brand perception and I'm sure it will take equally long to eliminate it.
        Joe Y
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bK
        That's the point. Virtually every other maker has superior products but buyers are too lazy to check things out and just buy on a prior designer label.
      James
      • 11 Months Ago
      I see the Toyota haters from metro Detroit are active today. Metro Detroit, your cars are a joke that only low credit low income people buy. I would be embarrassed to be seen in a Detroit car. Excuse me while I step out to the Home Depot. The only question is will I take the Toyota or the Honda. They are both very cool.
        richard
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        OK, trailer boy.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        [blocked]
        The_Zachalope
        • 11 Months Ago
        @James
        What is it with you and your obvious disdain for Detroit? Did your wife leave you and move there or something? Every time there's an article you incessantly ramble off false information about the Metro Detroit area, the people, and the lives they live. Plus, I guess I should remind you that Toyota and Nissan both have engineering facilities in Metro Detroit. So those "blue collar stupid" people (as you so eloquently put), are working for those auto companies you seem to adore.
      kontroll
      • 11 Months Ago
      tayata was setting all kinds of records last year: 1.most number of recalled vehicles of any car manufacturer (more than 5 million recalled cars) 2. most recalls in number of problems 3. highest ever amount of fine for dodging recalls. 4. most people killed due to the SUA problem 5. biggest EVER settlements in terms of dollars due to the SUA problem ( in the Billions) 6. most appealing car to the mentally disturbed 20% of american population
        Scooter
        • 11 Months Ago
        @kontroll
        We got a GM exec over here...
          mikoprivat
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Scooter
          why, isn't it true what he said??? except for reason #6 all the other points are true...at point #6 he's not correct because the percentage of the american population with mental disorders is only 18%
      • 11 Months Ago
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        jtav2002
        • 11 Months Ago
        A lot of fail here.
        grtsch6134
        • 11 Months Ago
        put your money into your own country? is that dumb? i call it patriotic.
          Caprice Dates
          • 11 Months Ago
          @grtsch6134
          Building a reliable car is patriotic, not the craptastic junk American Brands has been putting out.
        bK
        • 11 Months Ago
        sad but true... Ford will technically be under euro.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 11 Months Ago
      With a full year out of a new Rav4, Highlander, Corolla, and a heavily revised Tundra, and Camry coming this Spring, Toyota's crown is safe..... BD
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
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        Joe Y
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        If the rental 2104 Camry SE I had is anything to go by Toyota may be in deep trouble!
      grtsch6134
      • 11 Months Ago
      think about it.........if toyota died as a brand in america tomorrow--our economic problems would go away...........
        Cruising
        • 11 Months Ago
        @grtsch6134
        If a major brand like Toyota died in America it would hurt our supplier market and hurt the domestic brands through increased parts cost driving up the cost of cars which no one will buy at ridiculous high prices and we would end up like Australia's current woes.
          normc32
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          Toyota suppliers would get relief from being squeezed into making parts that are recalled. So they'd only half to make half the parts, not double for Toyota recalls.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @grtsch6134
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        jtav2002
        • 11 Months Ago
        @grtsch6134
        I really hope your joking. You can't really be that clueless when it comes to economics and the automotive industry, can you?
        Joe Y
        • 11 Months Ago
        @grtsch6134
        If Toyota died tomorrow there would be a lot more interesting and less boring vehicles on the road.
      Walt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Overlay these comments with the fact that 10% of the visitors to this site are from...... JAPAN! http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/autoblog.com
      fran
      • 11 Months Ago
      All these haters with their same old boring comments saying Toyota is bad Toyota has so many recalls Toyota is boring to drive.. Lets face it: if this position was of GM then they'd be sending flowers to AB team by now.. Just sayin
      • 11 Months Ago
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      grtsch6134
      • 11 Months Ago
      my hard earned dollars didn't help put toyota at number one, but the dolla......errrr........YEN.......from my economically traitorous fellow americans did ...........
        grtsch6134
        • 11 Months Ago
        @grtsch6134
        gee.......i'm kinda proud my comment seems to earn the overall lowest rating on here..............i guess a lot of toyota buyers don't want to face up to the fact their money went overseas to help japan's economy-----and that part of why america is hurting is because of them........... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
      normc32
      • 11 Months Ago
      Toyota No.1 in recalls too? http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/01/toyota-recalled-vehicles-2013.html
      Grey Golem
      • 11 Months Ago
      All I can say is Toyota and it's partners make the Hilux, GT86/BRZ, LFA and 70 series Landcruisers. I have no problem with this.
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