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2014-01-24 08:17

TOYOTA BACK ON TOP: Japanese auto giant Toyota sold 9.9 million vehicles in 2013 beating rivals GM and VW. Image: TOYOTA

TOKYO, Japan - Toyota out-paced General Motors and VW  in 2013 to hold on to the title of world's most plolific automaker with sales of 9.98-million vehicles.

The Japanese auto giant logged its highest-yet annual sales with the results showing it has recovered from a series of damaging safety recalls and Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.

The figures come after GM said it sold 9.71-million cars last year, while Germany's Volkswagen logged annual sales of 9.5-million.

'DECADE-LONG REIGN'

Toyota broke GM's decades-long reign as world's top automaker in 2008 but lost the crown three years later as the natural disasters hammered production and disrupted the supply chains of other automakers automakers.

In 2012 Toyota overtook its US rival GM, which sells Chevrolet and luxury Cadillac brands.

On January 23 2014 the maker of the Corolla and Prius hybrid said it expected 2014 to become the first automaker to sell 10-million vehicles.

The figures cap off a comeback for Toyota, which has said it expected a net profit of 1.67-trillion yen about R175 billion.

Wheels24 each year ponders why any automaker would want to trumpet that among all automakers it is producing the greatest number of vehicles to added to the effect of "global warming".
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