Volkswagen Sells More Cars Than Toyota at Start of 2015

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PassatFebruary 2015 world car sales
Take this with a grain of salt, since these types of statistical numbers have proven false in the past, but Toyota may have been outgunned by the sneaky Germans.
For as long as we can remember, Volkswagen bosses have wanted to be the biggest in the world. They have bought pretty much every car brand they could get their hands on. And you know what? Their plan if finally working.

Data released by Jato Dynamics suggests that the Volkswagen Group delivered about 10% more cars in the first two months of the 2015. 1,368,847 vehicles left Audi, Skoda or VW dealerships while Toyota and its sub-brands managed 129,000 cars less.

How is that possible? Well, while demand for VW Group models rose 0.8%, the Japanese slipped 5.1% due to weak demand in emerging markets like Latin America. Until the end of 2015, Toyota can still hold onto the sales crown, but last year's results were incredibly close.

Just as interesting is the competition between the 3rd and 4th runner ups. General Motors increased its deliveries by 1% in January and February to 1.07 million, but the South Koreans are closing in fast. With 950,000 units sold in 2015, they could soon be huge players.

In fifth place with over 804,000 deliveries and an increase of 4.5%, Ford is also doing quite well, as is the Franco-Japanese alliance run by Carlos Ghosn. It seems their strategy to have cars tailored to individual markets, such as the Dacia and Datsun brands, is working well.

Things are less rosy for Fiat-Chrysler Alliance (-1.9%), Suzuki (-4.9%) and PSA Peugeot Citroen (-5.6%). Like we said, these numbers could prove to be false, but you can check them out in the gallery below and tell us if you think the automotive world is about to change.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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