WORLD'S BIGGEST-SELLING CARMAKER: Toyota motor company globally sold 7.498 million vehicles overtaking Volkswagen as the biggest-selling carmaker for the first nine months of 2015. Image: Supplied
Tokyo, Japan - Toyota Motor company said Monday it had sold nearly 7.5 million vehicles for the first nine months of 2015, overtaking German rival Volkswagen as the world's largest group by sales for the period.
Toyota, which includes Daihatsu Motor company and Hino Motors Ltd, said the number of cars sold worldwide for the first three quarters stood at 7.498 million units, down 1.5% comapred to 2014 due to weak domestic sales.
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VW reported nine-month sales totaling 7.43 million units while General Motors sold 7.2 million for the same period, it said earlier this month.
VW sold more cars in first half of 2015
During the first half of 2015, VW took the crown as the world's top-selling carmaker, displacing Toyota.
Sales of VW could suffer due to the ongoing furore over its emissions scandal.
The German carmaker in September admitted to manipulating emissions devices on 11 million vehicles globally, setting off a management shakeup and an avalanche of criminal investigations and lawsuits in what could become the most expensive scandal in car industry history.
VW, which produces VW Golf, Porsche, Bugatti and Audi, sold 10.14 million vehicles in 2014.
Toyota started Wednesday to recall 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over a faulty power-window switch, which could potentially cause overheating or a fire.