On July 28, Toyota Motor announced the result of their global auto sales in the first half of 2015 (January to June). When the results for GM and Volkswagen Golf were presented, it was made clear that the sales of Toyota dropped down from first place after four years.
According to the report of Toyota, their group’s total global auto sales for the first half of 2015, including Daihatsu and Hino, totalled 5,022,000 units. Even though they broke through 5 million units in every first half of the year for two consecutive years, their sales decreased by 1.5% compared to the previous year’s period.
On the other hand, Europe’s largest auto company, the Volkswagen Group (including Audi, Seat, Å koda Auto and others) announced their new global auto sales for the first half of 2015 on July 17, taking a 0.5% decrease of 5.04 million units compared to the previous year’s period.
Then, GM, the largest auto company in the U.S., announced that their sales for the first half of 2015 added up to 4.8 million units.
As can be seen, Toyota sold 18,000 units less than the Volkswagen Group, and another group has taken over first place from Toyota after four years.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)