The Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Company surpassed its German counterpart Volkswagen in car sales last year, and regained its pivotal position as the largest car seller in the world for the first time in 5 years, as the decline in demand due to the Corona virus pandemic severely affected its German competitor.
On Thursday, Toyota said that the group’s global sales fell 11.3% to 9,528 million cars in 2020, compared with a 15.2% drop in Volkswagen’s sales to 9,305 million cars.
The automobile manufacturers have suffered due to the closure and general isolation measures to combat the Corona virus, which prevented people from visiting car shows, and manufacturing factories were forced to reduce or stop production.
But Toyota managed to weather the pandemic better for reasons, including the domestic market in Japan and the Asian market in general, which was less affected by the virus outbreak than Europe and the United States.
“Our focus is not on our arrangement, but rather on serving our customers,” a company spokeswoman said.