Volkswagen Group has knocked Toyota Motor Corporation off the top perch for vehicle sales for the first half of 2015, delivering over 5.04 million cars since the start of the year against the 5.02 million recorded by Toyota.
Volkswagen's sales numbers include sales for MAN and Scania trucks, as well as the Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen marques. Toyota's sales include Lexus and Daihatsu figures, as well as Hino trucks.
All three companies experienced a decline in sales over the first six months of 2015, however.
Toyota logged a reduction of 1.5 percent in overall sales volume while Volkswagen fared better with a 0.5 percent decline. GM sales fell 1.2 percent globally.
Much of the decline in global sales volume has been attributed to the slowdown in the Chinese market.
European demand for new cars has strengthened, meanwhile, with VW's dominance in that market partially explaining why the German automaker lost fewer sales than Toyota or GM.
If Toyota isn't able to edge back ahead of Volkswagen before the end of the year, Volkswagen stands to achieve its long-stated goal of becoming the world's number-one carmaker by volume, well ahead of its 2018 target.
And, if the German auto giant is able to replicate its performance from the past six month period, it should achieve its secondary goal of selling over 10 million cars by a comfortable margin too.
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