Toyota Retains Crown as World's Top-Selling Automaker | Edmunds

Toyota Retains Crown as World's Top-Selling Automaker

TOKYO Toyota is still number one with car shoppers around the globe, retaining the title of the world's top-selling carmaker for the fourth straight year.

Toyota announced that global sales fell 0.8 percent to 10.15 million in 2015 in a corporate sales statement.

The Japanese automaker bolstered its product lineup last year with the introduction of such models as the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid and the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup, as well as the all-new 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car.

The Volkswagen Group in Germany placed 2nd behind Toyota, as 2015 sales fell 2 percent to 9.9 million. VW had to halt sales of diesel models in some markets and will recall some of those models to repair or replace faulty emissions control systems.

General Motors nearly closed the gap with VW, as the U.S. automaker saw global sales rise 0.2 percent to 9.8 million, largely on strength in China and its home market.

GM sales in the U.S. were propelled by its full-size pickups and SUVs, including the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Colorado.

Edmunds says: Toyota could widen its lead further this year, as VW readjusts its diesel strategy and GM faces slowing growth in the U.S. and China.

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