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.