Toyota at top in global vehicle sales for first 9 months – CNBC
Detroit-based GM was the top-selling automaker for more than seven decades until being surpassed by Toyota in 2008. GM retook the sales crown for one year in 2011, when a tsunami and quake disaster struck northeastern Japan, disrupting production.
Toyota made a big comeback in 2012, and has been the top automaker for the past three years.
Last year, Toyota, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury models, sold 10.23 million vehicles.
Volkswagen sold 10.14 million vehicles in 2014. VW makes the Beetle and Golf cars, and also has the Porsche, Bugatti and Audi brands.
GM, which makes the Cadillac and Opel cars, was third at 9.92 million vehicles in global sales last year.