VW outperforms Toyota in global sales

According to figures published on Monday by the Toyota group, which includes its subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motors, the company sold a total of 10.175 million units in 2016, Efe news reported.

Volkswagen is 2016's largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, the first time the Germany-based company has held the position. American auto maker General Motors, who has been on top of the list for seven decades before Toyota climbed atop in 2011, is yet to submit its global sales report.

The top spot for VW is in spite of the scandal over emissions tests cheating.

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VW agreed this month to plead guilty to fraud and pay fines amounting to $4.3 billion in the United States to close its emissions cases with the Department of Justice. The company met Winterkorn's target of selling 10 million vehicles a year four years early, but like Toyota and GM before it, the company ended up cutting corners to deliver on the boss's ambition.

The carmaker, once a paragon of German industry, was plunged into its deepest-ever crisis after it emerged in September 2015 that it installed emissions-cheating software in millions of diesel engines worldwide.

Toyota Motor Corp.is no longer the world's largest auto marker by vehicle sales, relinquishing a title held since 2012. The German automaker reportedly sold 10.31 million cars past year. In fact, sales are so strong that China could surpass Europe to become VW's biggest market by the end of this year. The last time General Motors was at the top was in 2011 after Toyota's productions took a severe beating following an quake.

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The German group, along with its parent brand also owns Audi, Porsche and various other manufacturers which is supposedly the prime reason for the jump in global sales. "Volkswagen could stay at the top for the next few years", he told the news agency Reuters.

"At Toyota, we are not focused on chasing volume".

By another measure, though, Toyota remains ahead of VW, profit.

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