German brand Volkswagen is set to overtake Toyota Motor Corp as the global leader in vehicle sales, with a rapid expansion drive in China — the world’s biggest auto market while Toyota curbs growth to focus on shoring up quality, according to Reuters report.
According to the report, Toyota, reigning at the top spot in the auto industry for two years in a row, will announce its global sales for the first six months of the year on Wednesday, which could fall short of Volkswagen’s half-year total.
General Motors Co, which Toyota overtook two years ago, said it sold 4.92 million vehicles in January-June.
The Volkswagen group sold 4.97 million vehicles in January-June, up 5.9 per cent from the same period a year ago. That excludes figures from truck makers Scania and MAN, which will be released on July 31.
HS Automotive forecast Volkswagen’s total first-half sales at 5.07 million vehicles and Toyota’s at 4.83 million, although it added that Toyota could end up outperforming its projections in the Middle East and Africa.
For the full year, IHS expects Volkswagen to sell 9.91 million vehicles versus Toyota’s 9.47 million
Volkswagen, which sold 3.27 million vehicles in China last year, is planning to invest 18.2 billion euros ($24.4 billion) between 2014 and 2018 in new plants and products there together with its Chinese joint venture partners.
Toyota’s China presence is much smaller with annual sales of 1 million vehicles, and while it plans eventually to double that it has given no time frame.