Volkswagen may be in the middle of an enormous emissions-cheating scandal, but that hasn't stopped the automaker from surpassing Toyota as the world's top-selling automaker. VW sold 5.12 million cars through June, while Toyota trailed behind the German automaker with a total of 4.99 vehicles sold, reports USA Today. Compared to last year, VW sales are up by 1.5 percent, with Toyota's sales down by 0.6 percent.

The German automaker lost the title of being the World's Largest Automaker last year to Toyota after selling more vehicles in the first half of the year.

VW's diesel scandal has mostly affected the automaker's sales in the US, which is one of its smallest markets. Sales for the automaker in key markets including China and Europe rose 6.8 and 3.8 percent respectively.

Toyota had been the world's top-selling automaker for four consecutive years after dethroning General Motors, which came in third place for the first half of 2016 with a total of 4.76 million cars sold.

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