By on February 27, 2013

Toyota released global sales and production numbers for January 2013 today. Toyota is making good on its plans to catch its breath after a breakneck race back to the top of the pile. Toyota said its 2013 production would be flat, and flat it was with an 0.3 percent gain over January 2012. Let’s have a look at the other contenders.

Tracking the world’s largest
 automakers: January 2013
Jan ’13 Jan ’12 YoY
Toyota 812,002 809,630 0.3%
GM ./. ./. ./.
Volkswagen 749,900 652,400 14.9%
Source: Company data. Toyota: Production. VW: Deliveries.

At GM, there is nothing to see. Very oddly for a global company, GM does not release monthly global data. It only releases quarterly, as part of its earnings report. We will have to wait until early May to receive reliable numbers. From then on, we will try to interpolate monthly data as we did last year.

Volkswagen continues to power ahead globally with a nearly 15 percent gain in January. The racer for “World’s Largest Automaker 2013” promises to be interesting. Volkswagen stands a good chance to displace GM from rank 2. GM and Volkswagen have a theoretical chance to win the title.Volkswagen would have to gain a little more than 10 percent over the year to reach Toyota and 10 million.

We shall see.

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