T oyota, so far the world's largest car maker, reports global vehicle sales of 5.02 million units in the first half of 2015. Worldwide sales of the two core brands Toyota and Lexus amounted to 4.51 million units in the first half of the year. Compared to the same period of the previous year, this corresponds to a slight decrease of 0.3%. Outside Japan, the brands improved by 1.6% to just under 3.75 million vehicles sold.
In Western Europe, Toyota recorded growth of 6% in the first half of 2015, and in Central Europe even an increase of 15%. A total of 450,951 Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the first six months correspond to a European market share of 4.6%.
Weak market in China slows VW
VW has slightly better figures . In the first half of the year, 5.04 million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide. In the previous year there were 5.07 million vehicles; the decrease is -0.5%. In Europe as a whole, the brands of the VW Group grew significantly in the first half of the year and delivered a total of 2.11 (2.04; + 3.7%) million vehicles to customers. In Western Europe (excluding Germany) 1.14 (1.07) million customers took delivery of a new vehicle. An increase of 6.9%. In the North America region, the company grew by 6.0% from January to June and sold 451,200 (425,900) vehicles.
VW growth is being held back primarily by the weak market in China. In VW's largest single market, sales fell by 3.9% to 1.74 million units. In the entire Asia-Pacific sales region, VW achieved 1.94 (2.00; -3.0%) million vehicle deliveries in the first half of the year. VW has also corrected its sales forecast accordingly. Instead of moderate growth, the group has now announced deliveries of 10.1 million vehicles 'at the level of the previous year'.
GM seems to be beaten for the title of 'largest car maker in the world'. The US group reports a sales volume of 4.8 million vehicles for the first half of 2015. But the Americans in China are increasing by 4.4% to 1.7 million units.