Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
Toyota has issued recall of more than a million cars just days after it was once again crowned as the world’s biggest vehicle seller. The recall has been issued for the faulty airbags and front screen wipers. The Japanese car manufacturer is recalling 9,7000 cars due to a fault in airbags that can cause them to improperly inflate. A recall has also been issued for 385,000 Lexus IS cars that have faulty windshield wipers that can get stuck in heavy snow. The airbag problem has affected 752,000 (seven hundred and fifty two thousand) cars in US, 141,000 (one hundred and forty one thousand) in Canada and thousands in Japan and Mexico. All of these vehicles were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004.
As part of the wipers recall three models of Lexus IS, manufactured between May 2005 to October 2011v and sold in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and China.