TOKYO (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. looked set to retain its title as the world's top-selling carmaker in the first half of this year, company figures showed today, outpacing General Motors and Volkswagen as it boosted overseas sales to a record high.
The Japanese automaker said its groupwide global sales for the first six months totalled 4.911 million vehicles. That was down 1.1 percent from a year earlier due to weaker Japan sales following the end of green car subsidies, but sales in the United States, its biggest market, were strong.
By comparison, General Motors Co.'s January-June sales rose 4 percent to more than 4.85 million cars and light trucks, while Volkswagen AG's climbed 5.5 percent to 4.7 million vehicles, those companies reported earlier this month.
Volkswagen's sales figure, however, excludes its Scania and MAN brands. Scania sold 37,980 vehicles during the same period, while the MAN figure will be released later this month. In recent years, MAN has sold around 60,000 to 70,000 vehicles in the first half of the year.