The battle among the world’s biggest carmakers for most deliveries comes as the industry is headed for a record year in global sales in 2012.
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The battle among the world’s biggest carmakers comes as the industry is headed for a record year. Global 2012 sales will top 80 million cars and trucks for the first time, as robust U.S. and Japanese purchases offset a European downturn, according to estimates from LMC Automotive. Toyota is rebounding from Japan’s 2011 tsunami to take the title from GM, while the fight for second between Volkswagen and GM remains too close to call, with less than one percent difference between their sales.
The industry is headed for a more contentious battle in 2013, with LMC forecasting Volkswagen will add 600,000 units of production capacity next year, as much as GM and Toyota combined, and a projected rebound in China that favors the German carmaker’s prospects. Volkswagen has said it will be the global sales leader by 2018.
“We have a three-horse race for the rest of our forecast through 2019, with everyone kind of bouncing around and changing positions,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at Troy, Michigan-based LMC. “It’s very tight.”