German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) nudged Toyota Motors from the top spot in global vehicles sales in 2016, results showed on Monday, Jan 30, in Tokyo, Japan.
The Toyota group, including Daihatsu Motors and Hino Motors, reported that its global group sales edged up 0.2% from a year earlier to 10.17 million vehicles in 2016, but it fell from the top spot for the first time in five years.
The group’s sales outside of Japan fell 0.5% from a year earlier, to 7.94 million, due to decreased exports to North America, the carmaker’s largest market.
Despite an emission cheating scandal, VW said earlier this month the number of global sales in 2016 stood at 10.3 million vehicles, up 3.8% from the previous year. – DPA