Toyota is top automaker in first half of 2014; GM slips to 3rd
Toyota Motor Corp. remained the world’s largest automaker in the first half of 2014, selling 5.097 million vehicles, up 3.8 percent, the automaker said late Tuesday.
The Japanese automaker said in Japan its Toyota unit sold 4.53 million vehicles in the first half of the year, up 3.1 percent, while its Daihatsu unit was up 10.4 percent to 488,000 and its Hino Motors unit was up 2.6 percent to 80,000.
General Motors Co. fell to third place, selling 4.92 million vehicles, up 1.4 percent, while Volkswagen AG sold 4.97 million vehicles in the first half of the year, up 5.9 percent.
Including heavy truck sales, VW topped GM for second place in 2013 with 9.73 million cars and trucks in 2013, compared to GM’s 9.71 million.
The German automaker’s tally includes heavy-duty truck sales from its
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