It’s a three-horse race for the global automotive sales crown this year, with Toyota, General Motors, and Volkswagen sprinting to the finish. However, it seems that the Japanese automaker has pulled away far enough for analysts to call it the early victor.
Global automotive sales are expected to top 80 million sales by the time 2012 ends. Through the first three quarters of 2012, Toyota sold 7.4 million units, while GM and VWAG are in a close battle for second, moving 6.95 million and 6.9 million, respectively. These numbers are based on the methods the automakers themselves use to count their own vehicle sales, according to Automotive News.
However, some analysts may exclude certain vehicle sales. For example, some may not count cars sold by GM’s partners in China and by Toyota’s two affiliates, Hino and Daihatsu, which may drastically sway the final count.