Worldwide vehicle sales at Toyota,
including deliveries from subsidiaries Hino Motors Ltd. (7205) and Daihatsu Motor Co. (7262), rose 2.4 percent to 9.98
million units last year, the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker said in
a statement yesterday. That compared with the 9.71 million units sold by
GM and over 9.7 million units at VW. Sales will probably rise to 10.32
million units this year, Toyota said.
Toyota Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda retained the No. 1 ranking while piling up
profits, out earning GM and VW combined in the most recent quarter.
Still, he faces resurgent American automakers fielding their best cars
in decades and an aggressive Volkswagen thatís increasing investments in
the U.S. and China.