Next exit Toyota: World’s largest automakers start the year with the foot on the brake

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Toyota started the year with something unusual: With a minus sign. The world’s largest automaker produced 828,057 units worldwide in January, that’s 3.2% below January 2014. A few weeks ago, number two Volkswagen already announced that its worldwide growth had come pretty much to a halt in January. In the U..S., January was good, and February will be good. Globally, and that’s how a large automaker views its business, the markets appear to have peaked already.

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