Toyota sells 9.75 million vehicles in 2012, regains global top spot


TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp won back the crown as the world’s top selling automaker in 2012, posting record-high sales to beat rivals General Motors and Volkswagen .

Toyota said on Monday it sold 9.75 million vehicles group-wide around the world last year, a record for the 75-year-old Japanese automaker and up 22.6 percent from 2011 when it was hit by a U.S. recall and disrupted supply chains following an earthquake in Japan and floods in Thailand.

The Toyota group also includes sales by Daihatsu Motor Co and Hino Motors Ltd . Toyota on its own sold 8.72 million vehicles, including the Lexus premium brand.

General Motors sold 9.28 million vehicles in 2012, up 2.9 percent from a year ago, while Volkswagen sold 9.07 million vehicles, up 11.2 percent.

(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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