Toyota Outsells GM in First Half of 2012


Times Online - July 25, 2012

Com­ing back from last year’s man­u­fac­tur­ing and nat­ural dis­as­ter chal­lenges, Toy­ota has re-taken its crown as leader of global sales from Gen­eral Motors for the first half of 2012.

Toy­ota sold 4.97 mil­lion vehi­cles glob­ally, while GM sold 4.67 mil­lion in the first half of the year. GM’s plans don’t include drop­ping out of the race.

“We are in the early days of the most aggres­sive roll­out of new prod­ucts in our his­tory,” says Jim Cain, Gen­eral Motors spokesman.

GM had already trailed Toy­ota for the first quar­ter of this year at 2.28 mil­lion cars and trucks across the globe, while Toy­ota sold 2.49 mil­lion vehi­cles. Toy­ota has fore­cast that it will sell 9.58 mil­lion vehi­cles in 2012, up 21 per­cent from last year. GM has not given a full-year forecast.