Toyota secures World’s No.1 car seller spot from Volkswagen

Toyota Motor Corp has overtaken Volkswagen in vehicle sales. Toyota regained pole position as the world’s top selling automaker for the first time in five years as the pandemic demand slump hit Volkswagen harder.

Toyota reported that its group-wide global sales fell 11.3% to 9.528 million vehicles in 2020. That compared with a 15.2 percent drop at Volkswagen to 9.305 million vehicles.

Automakers have suffered as coronavirus lockdowns have stopped people from visiting car showrooms and forced manufacturing plants to reduce or halt production.

However,Toyota has weathered the pandemic better in part because its home market Japan, and the Asian region in general, have been less affected by the outbreak than Europe and the United States.

As demand for cars rebounds, particularly in China, Toyota, Volkswagen and other manufacturers are scrambling to tap growing demand for electric cars. Toyota said that the ratio of electric vehicle it sold last year grew to 23% of total sales from 20% in 2019.

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