Toyota tops sales table for 2013

Toyota tops sales table for 2013

Toyota has topped the table for the most car sales of 2013.

The company's sales totalled 9.08 million last year, with runner-up General Motors (GM) posting figures of 9.71 million and Volkswagen Group coming in third with 9.7 million.

While Toyota came close, no car maker has yet surpassed the 10 million mark, but the firm has now claimed top spot four out of five times since 2008.

It has now set itself the target of smashing the 10-million barrier in 2014.

Among Toyota's portfolio includes the Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino, and more than one in 10 of its sales for 2013 included a hybrid vehicle (1.3 million units). The Japanese firm also posted impressive home sales, with 2.3 million cars sold in its own country last year.

GM can be proud of its Chevrolet brand, which sold just under five million last year, particularly to drivers in the US and China. But with European drivers preferring to opt for GM's Vauxhall/Opel models, the Chevrolet will no longer be available on the continent from the end of 2015.

Third-place Volkswagen Group saw sales increase 5% in 2013, with the VW and Audi brands being most popular at just under six million and 1.6 million of sales respectively. It strongest sales were seen in China - totalling 3.3 million - with around a further million sold in South America.

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