TOKYO - Toyota's global sales for the first nine months of the year reached 7.41 million vehicles, little changed from the previous year but outpacing General Motors to keep its lead as the world's top-selling automaker.
GM said in October that its global sales through September totaled 7.25 million vehicles, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier.
Toyota’s vehicle sales for the first three quarters inched up 0.1 percent.
Volkswagen AG sold just over 7 million vehicles worldwide during the nine months, making it a close third. Volkswagen’s global sales increased almost 5 percent during that period from last year.
Toyota Motor Corp. said that it sold about 2.5 million cars, trucks and buses in the July-September quarter, led by overseas growth.
GM had the global sales throne for seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. GM retook the crown in 2011, when Toyota’s plants were slowed by an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that damaged suppliers of parts. Toyota has since recovered and was at the top again last year.
Toyota’s growth came largely from strong sales in the U.S., where its Camry, Corolla and Tundra were popular, the company said.
Auto auction set today
Fifteen 1949-50 Ford coupes and sedans from a private collection that has sat for decades in Girard, Ga., will be auctioned today.
L.W. Benton Co., of Macon, Ga., will auction the old cars and thousands of original parts by Internet.
The vehicles and parts have been moved to Jones County, north of Macon.
The online bidding will close out at noon today. For more information, visit www.BidderOne.com.