Toyota Once Again Global Sales Leader
Toyota has once again taken the lead over General Motors as top-selling auto brand in the world, now that it has recovered from last year's disasters. The company said Friday it sold 7.4 million vehicles globally in the first nine months of this year — 450,000 more than General Motors. While Toyota's sales rose 28% in that period, GM's rose 2.5% to 6.95 million cars and light-duty trucks. Toyota will have to work to keep that up because the territorial dispute with China has chilled sales there.