Report – GM, VW and Toyota race for No.1 spot with neck-and-neck H1 2013 sales

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013 - 4:54pm IST

After 2012 came to an end, it was clear that Toyota had got back their position as the Number 1 car maker in the world, closely followed by GM and VW. Toyota sold about 9.75 million cars in 2012 (global sales) and GM closely followed with 9.3 million units.

2014 Toyota Corolla European specification (58)
With the new Corolla set to commence sales very soon, Toyota could strengthen their lead.

For the first six months of 2013, GM has sold 4.85 million cars. This is a growth of about 4% over last year. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that if GM were to continue at their current rate, 2013 would see 9.7 million GM vehicles on the road.

Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze is getting old compared to its rivals and may have to surrender its baton to a new product to lead GM’s charge.

In the United States especially, GM sales have gone up by 8.7% to 1.4 million units for the first six months of 2013. Toyota on the other hand grew by 6.7% to 1.1 million units.

In the most important market, China, Toyota saw its sales slump in the first half due to an anti-Japanese sentiment caused by some territorial spat. GM on the other hand saw its sales increase by 11% to 1.57 million units.

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Up! is all set to be launched in South America soon. Will this boost VW’s sales?

Meanwhile back in Wolfsburg, VW is not to be left out of the race. The VW Group reported its sales increase by 5.5% for January-June 2013. About 4.7 million units (VW Group including Skoda, Audi, Porsche, Seat) were sold in that period. The gap between VW and GM which is about 150,000 units now, was over 220,000 units last year.

The rest of 2013 is surely going to be interesting. From what we see, it is a very closely contested race between the Japanese, American and the German. But we will say this: China is the ultimate decider.

Who have you placed your bet on?

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2 thoughts on “Report – GM, VW and Toyota race for No.1 spot with neck-and-neck H1 2013 sales

  1. Anand says:

    My bet is on WV … after the launch of their new models Up and extending Tsi / Tdi to other markets, I expect them to sell more world wide …. finger crossed ..:)

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  2. Deepak Chablani says:

    With the new classy looking Corolla, Toyota is reinventing itself. They’re moving away from the boring engineering marvels to exciting engineering marvels. My bet is on Toyota for 2013 🙂

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