VW Group overtakes Toyota to become the world's largest car maker on units produced

Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world’s largest carmaker on units produced, according to the latest set of production figures.

German reports over the weekend quoted the figures from industry analysts Global Insight. The figures said the VW Group manufactured 4.4 million units in the first nine months of 2009 to Toyota’s 4.0m.

European sales set to tumble

Ford was listed as the world’s third largest manufacturer with 3.7m units produced, just ahead of General Motors with 3.6m units.

As part of its group strategy, VW had predicted it would become the world’s largest manufacturer by 2018, but the success of pan-European scrappage schemes have played into its hands.

Western European car sales have been rising all year, with Germany seeing the greatest gains. Despite the scrappage scheme ending in September, the country saw registrations grow by 26.1 per cent in October.

In the first nine months of the year, VW Group’s sales were up 34 per cent to 622,853 units. This has been helped by the launch of new Golf and Polo models, with sales of these up 54.1 per cent and 56.2 per cent respectively.

Its Skoda brand has enjoyed particular success in Germany so far this year, with Fabia sales up 92.4 per cent in the same period and Octavia sales up 20.4 per cent.

When asked to comment by Autocar, VW said it would be making no formal statement on the matter, but it did confirm the production figures were accurate.

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9 November 2009

Is it me or have the Worlds Biggest Car Maker Charts changed in exactly the same way as the Pop Charts? Once upon a time, you had a number one for months - like that godawful Bryan Adams thing - now all chartoppers last no more than a week or two. Same with cars - GM was number with some godawful cars for decades - now everyone has a go at being top dog.

Not sure what my point is here, incidentally.

9 November 2009

I wonder if they'll maintain the lead next year when all scrappage schemes are no more. I think Toyota is very likely to regain the position as the top dog; they have significantly more varied range of cars than the entire VW group, which concentrates on selling basically same cars with different looks. If you look at Toyota range, you can find all kinds of cars - small, large, FWD, RWD, SUVs, genuine ladder-frame offroaders, supercars, hybrids... whereas VW offers Golf wearing all sorts of clothes and badges.

9 November 2009

Largest car MAKER doesn't neccessarilly mean largest car SELLER though... Maybe there are a lot of airfields full of VW's, SEAT's, Skoda's etc...


9 November 2009

[quote Ozmosis]

Largest car MAKER doesn't neccessarilly mean largest car SELLER though... Maybe there are a lot of airfields full of VW's, SEAT's, Skoda's etc...


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Don't think so, not judging by all the reports/complaints of long waits for them.

9 November 2009

I thought I read a report recently where Hyundai/Kia had overtaken GM and possibly Ford too...?

9 November 2009

[quote slipslop]I thought I read a report recently where Hyundai/Kia had overtaken GM and possibly Ford too...?[/quote]

In the UK, I think, yes (although it remains to be seen how much of their enormous scrappage boost they retain long term - I expect most of it). These are global figures.

9 November 2009

[quote Lee23404]Don't think so, not judging by all the reports/complaints of long waits for them.[/quote]

And probably they wouldn't have posted profit if it were true...

9 November 2009

[quote JackB]Toyota is very likely to regain the position as the top dog; they have significantly more varied range of cars than the entire VW group, which concentrates on selling basically same cars with different looks.[/quote] VW sells a much wider range than Toyota, from VW Fox to Bugatti Veyron. They also have many more brands, several of which are hugely more desirable than Toyota/Lexus.

9 November 2009

[quote Casanova]In the UK, I think, yes (although it remains to be seen how much of their enormous scrappage boost they retain long term - I expect most of it). These are global figures.[/quote]

Thanks for your reply. But I was referring to world sales. I knew I had seen something about it. A quick Google search lists several reports such as this -

http://www.worldcarfans.com/109081921139/hyundai-kia-passes-ford-as-worlds-4th-largest-automaker

It had, according to those figures, passed Ford but not GM for the first half of 2009 - this is for cars sold, not cars produced. However, there may have been a resurgence at Ford in the second half of 09 which would account for it being ahead of Hyundai-Kia again.

But it's only a matter of time isn't it until Hyundai-Kia are a fixture at or near the top of world sales. Until the Chinese get their act together anyway. And possibly India eventually.

9 November 2009

Excellent news, good to have the best manufacturer in europe at the top were they belong.

[quote noluddite][quote JackB]Toyota is very likely to regain the position as the top dog; they have significantly more varied range of cars than the entire VW group, which concentrates on selling basically same cars with different looks.[/quote] VW sells a much wider range than Toyota, from VW Fox to Bugatti Veyron. They also have many more brands, several of which are hugely more desirable than Toyota/Lexus.[/quote]

Exactly, the VW group have the best range of cars on the market today. FACT.

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