Toyota aims for big figures
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Toyota expects to up its 2011 sales figures by 22% before the end of 2012.
TOKYO, Japan - Toyota expects to sell 9.7-million vehicles globally by the end of 2012, up 22% on 2011, the year of earthquakes and tsunamis.
That might not, however, be enough to put Toyota ahead of General Motors and VW and back on pole position as the world's most prolific automaker.
Bygone years showed Toyota, whose brands include Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino, topped the global table in the first half of 2012, accelerating past US-based GM and Germany's VW.
Toyota lost the title in 2011, after taking it in 2008, thanks to the March 11 earthquake and consequent coastal flooding and then severe floods in Thailand from whence comes much of it assembly parts.
GM sold about nine-million vehicles in 2011, VW about eight-million and Toyota 7.97-million, but with a 2013 target of 9.91-million.