The widening and never stopping Volkswagen emissions scandal allowed Toyota to retake global sales lead. The two car companies competed for a long time and now Toyota's sales results are higher that those of the German automaker.
Toyota sold 7.49 million vehicles through September, topping the 7.43 million that Volkswagen reported earlier this month. Deliveries declined 1.5 percent for both Toyota and VW. VW led Toyota in global sales through the first six months but the company is now readying repairs to 11 million vehicles worldwide and has stopped sales of diesel models in several markets as it brings engines into compliance.
Volkswagen’s emissions scandal led to the resignation of CEO Martin Winterkorn, who had set a goal to vault the company past Toyota and General Motors to become the world leader by global sales. GM’s deliveries dropped 1.9 percent to 7.2 million vehicles during the first nine months.