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World 2012: Global sales at a record 80 million new vehicles

Bangkok, Thailand. Picture by songglod. Never before had that many new vehicles been sold in Thailand: 1.4 million predicted for 2012.

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LMC Automotive predicts that worldwide 2012 sales of cars and trucks will top 80 million units for the first time, as robust US, Chinese and Japanese markets offset a European downturn. This means the worldwide new vehicle market has grown by a very dynamic 7% on 2011 when 75 million units were sold, which was a record at the time. In fact, 2012 marks the third consecutive record year for worldwide vehicle sales.

Toyota Avanza in Ubud, Bali Indonesia. Toyota should reclaim the title of #1 carmaker in the world in 2012, helped by very strong sales of its hybrid range in Japan and a record performance in Indonesia.

For its part, Canadian Bank Scotia has advanced a forecast of 64 million new car sales in 2013, up 4% to deliver a 4th consecutive record year. Note this figure does not include trucks and commercial vehicles outside of the US and actually constitutes a rather odd prediction. Scotia believes the Chinese market will grow by 10%, the US by 4% and Europe will stagnate.

Back to 2012 and the race to the title of most popular car manufacturer in the world, which Toyota should reclaim in 2012...

Previous year: World 2011: Global sales to hit 75 million new vehicles

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  1. Steam
    January 7th, 2013 at 01:59 | #1

    Max :Exciting cars made by Toyota in the past: The whole generation of Supra,Celica and MR2, the AE86 Sprinter Trueno and Levin.Exciting cars made by VW in the past: Scirocco? lol, Corrado? (let’s forget it). Exciting cars made by Toyota today: GT86. VW: None.

    The exciting cars of VW-group are built by Audi and Porsche. Main sales are done by “boring cars” in VW-group as well as in Toyota-group.

  2. Max
    January 1st, 2013 at 06:35 | #2

    Exciting cars made by Toyota in the past: The whole generation of Supra,Celica and MR2, the AE86 Sprinter Trueno and Levin.
    Exciting cars made by VW in the past: Scirocco? lol, Corrado? (let’s forget it). Exciting cars made by Toyota today: GT86. VW: None.

  3. Max
    January 1st, 2013 at 06:30 | #3

    That title is already won by VAG.

  4. sam
    December 30th, 2012 at 14:56 | #4

    Toyota should also get the title of most boring automobile manufacturer of the world

  5. eddy
    December 29th, 2012 at 23:28 | #5

    2013 will be yet another exciting year to watch out for car sales! :-)

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