Toyota sold 7.41 million vehicles globally for the first nine months of the year and has retained its position as the world’s top-selling car maker.
AAP reports that, despite the fact Toyota’s sales increased by only 0.1 per cent, the company has still outsold its nearest rival, General Motors (GM).
Toyota's groupwide total includes sales by affiliates Daihatsu and Hino Motors.
GM’s sales went up 4.6 per cent compared to this time last year, for a total of 7.25 million vehicles sold worldwide.
In third place was German manufacturer Volswagen (VW) which sold just over 7 million vehicles worldwide during the period. This was an increase of 5 per cent compared to last year.
As Reuters reports, the figure for VW does not include the Scania and MAN brands. These two brands usually sell about 200,000 vehicles in a full year.
Toyota had the highest global sales from 2008 to 2010. Then, following natural disasters in Japan and Thailand, it fell to third place behind GM and VW in 2011. And last year it was back to number one.