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Toyota Is The World’s Largest Automaker in First Quarter 2013

Toyota Motor Corp. remains the world’s largest automaker after posting its first quarter 2013 sales numbers, outselling both General Motors and Volkswagen, who released their reports last week.
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The Japanese manufacturer announced it sold 2.43 million vehicles from January through March 2013, only about 70,000 more units than US corporation General Motors, and around 160,000 more examples than German automaker Volkswagen.

However, while still holding it world’s largest automaker crown, Toyota reported a loss of 2.2 percent when compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, General Motors and Volkswagen have posted a gain of 3.6 and 5.1 percent respectively over January-March 2012.

“Rather than pursuing numbers, we try to sell one car at a time, producing good cars. We aren’t focused on being No. 1,” said Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada, according to The Washington Post.

All told, the battle for the world’s largest automaker in 2013 seems to be a tight three-way and the final strife will most likely be fought on the expanding Chinese market.


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