Toyota Motor Corporation has regained its title as the world’s leading car maker in 2012, outselling key rivals General Motors and Volkswagen Group in what was a record year for the Japanese manufacturer.

Bloomberg reports Toyota (which includes subsidiaries Hino and Daihatsu) sold 9.75 million vehicles around the world in 2012, eclipsing the efforts of 2011-leader GM (9.29 million) and rising German powerhouse Volkswagen (9.07 million).

Toyota’s sales increased 23 per cent last year, surpassing the company’s previous record of 9.37 million vehicle sales in 2007. Sales of second-ranked GM increased roughly three per cent in 2012, while Volkswagen narrowed the gap with a 12 per cent sales increase – delivering almost one million more cars than in the previous year.

Toyota’s gains followed a challenging 2011, the company having struggled with a spate of recalls, and the effects of natural disasters in Japan and Thailand.

The Japanese car maker predicts its global sales will increase around 1.6 per cent to 9.91 million units in 2013 on the back of a strengthening US market, a weakening yen and an anticipated recovery in China, where Toyota last year recorded its first annual sales decline in more than a decade.

  • Sumpguard

    Well done Toyota. Most of your cars are dead set boring (except a couple) but you know how to market.

       You reading this ford?

    • F1orce

      Boring sells my friend.

      • Luke Brinsmead

        More like dependability sells.

      • Golfmother

        Correct, cardigan wearing public servants who love security and never take a walk on the wild side , millions of them .

        • Zaccy16

          yep exactly

          • Guest

            Jealous? grow up!

        • Dave W

          This coming from a VW car owner… The only company who managed to make THE most boring looking hot hatch on the road, with an interior as wild as a private boys school.

          • Golfmother

            Yes, you said it a hot hatch , cardigan wearers dont get it .

          • Dave W

            Correction. THE MOST BORING hot hatch.

            I’m not sure you can call it a hot hatch either, since it looks anything BUT hot.

            I’ve NEVER ever seen anyone paying any attention when a Golf GTI or even the R drives by. It’s just SOME car to them. Heck, the Veloster grabs more attention.

          • Golfmother

            Dave go ahead get a veloshi , standard with wobbly handling and fudgy steering , starwars interior and looks like a bread van .

            Just remember which car will still look good in 2 years , evolution , resale retained .

          • Dave W

            Sorry, not in the market for a hot hatch. I’m after a small sports sedan now.

            On a side note, I wouldn’t say the Golf will still look good in a couple of year. It’s just because it still looks more or less the same as the previous model, people don’t notice it anymore.

        • Guest

          So what? Jealous?

  • Kaas

    Toyota sold that much simply because they cater for the masses. Especially in US… Just like VW in Europe…

    It’s a double whammy for Toyota considering they are also making sports cars again or pushing for it anyways…

    Supra in 2015… And Turbo 86 in 2014…

  • Pete

    Whether its Toymota , Government Motors or Veewobbleyou selling 9million or 10 million each or whatever , i couldnt care less…….i have my 3 classics of another brand here and likely i wont need anything else , only exception being the work ute supplied by the boss . By the way , the sales numbers for these three will include their subsidiaries ( they each are just a collection of smaller companies trying to look bigger as one ) .

    • Kidding Me

      I get what you’re saying, but as it says here… Toyota is Hino, Daihatsu and Lexus. I’m not sure how many GM and VW are, but that’s a decent effort from Toyota on the back of 4 brands.

  • Maple Leaf

    Toyota is reliable but mind numbingly boring. You drive a television built to last forever. People don’t want repair bills which come with Euros.

  • Doctor

    You have to admire Tojo, if not its products. There are better, more reliable products available but it outsells them at higher prices… they’re reliable enough but oh so boring.
    A triumph of marketing if ever you saw one!

  • Igor

    Worlds leading car maker ?
    Mercedes Benz is the worlds leading car maker, it owns 90 % of automotive patents.
    Toyota sells the most though, mainly because they’re much cheaper.

    • F1orce

      Japan, USA & South Korea are the top 3 patent holders.

      Germany isn’t up there with the big boys..

      • Igor

        This is a car sight, we’re talking about AUTO PATENTS.
        Google it and then die of shame F1ARCE.

    • Neeko

       Plus they have a 22 model line up in Australia from Yaris to Coaster.

  • Car Fanatic

    So you are all congratulating Toyota for reach this milestone but in 07 they did almost 9.5 million vehicles whilst VW did 6.5 Million, oh how the gap has been whittled away.

  • Rick

    Proof that no matter how crappy a car you build , how many recalls you have , as long as you market it right you can sell anything . Now ford go and poach their marketing team