Nice Try VW: Toyota Again World’s Largest Automaker

Akio-Toyoda-picture-courtesy-Bertel-Schmitt

Last summer, and in a Dewey vs. Truman moment, media around the world crowned Volkswagen as the world’s largest automaker. The game is not decided at halftime, and when Toyota published its official 2015 results today, Volkswagen AG found itself in the same place it started the year, namely 2nd-rated behind global juggernaut Toyota Motor Co. As much as I hate to say I told you so, but I did. [Continue Reading]

Dailykanban declares Toyota World’s Largest Automaker 2015

Number One

Number One

Nine months into the year, it becomes evident that in all likelihood, Volkswagen will once again miss its stated goal of becoming the world’s largest automaker. Nine months into the year, Toyota is nearly 100,000 units ahead of VW, with the gap expected to widen slightly by year-end. [Continue Reading]

World’s Largest Automakers: Toyota beats Volkswagen – in the forecasts, at least

Toyota results - picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

The 2015 race for World’s Largest Automaker promises to be exciting until the finish. (No, it hasn’t been decided yet, a game doesn’t end at halftime.) According to current forecasts, Toyota may keep its crown after all. [Continue Reading]

Toyota outpaced by Volkswagen? Not if you deduct UBAR

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 11: Cars by German automaker Volkswagen AG stand parked in one of two towers at the Autostadt customer reception center at the Volkswagen factory on the day of VW's annual press conference on March 11, 2010 in Wolfsburg, Germany. VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn admitted that VW had been affected by the worldwide financial crisis in 2009, though reported that many of VW's brands reported growth, especially in China. VW customers who come to Wolfsburg to pick up their car in person receive their new car after a robot extracts the car from one of the two towers and brings it to them via an automated, underground transport system. Each of the two towers hold 400 cars. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Toyota made headlines today, as Volkswagen surpassed the Japanese automaker in half year sales and production. Actually, it’s old news. VW had edged past TMC in May already. And the distance between the two has narrowed in June. And then, there’s UBAR. [Continue Reading]

Looks like Toyota will be world’s 2nd largest automaker, VW 1st

Akio Toyoda - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Toyota may lose the title World’s Largest Automaker to Volkswagen by the end of 2015. As of May, Toyota’s worldwide production is down 4 percent, while Volkswagen is up a tiny 0.2%. [Continue Reading]

World’s Largest Automaker 2015: Either Toyota, or Volkswagen

Akio Toyoda - Picture courtesy Bloomberg

At this time of the year, DailyKanban usually dares to make its first tentative estimate of who will be the world’s largest automaker by the end of the year. Right now, all we can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that it will be either reigning Toyota, or Volkswagen. GM stands little chance. [Continue Reading]

Toyota’s record gains, and Piech’s shattered dreams

Announcing record profits, again

Announcing record profits, again

Today, Toyota announced a second year of record net profits, and it forecasted a third. The press conference was held at 3pm in Tokyo, timed to coincide with the close of Tokyo trading, and the start of Friday business in Wolfsburg. You, and Volkswagen, can watch the entire presser on streaming video. For a quick summary of the important numbers, refer to Reuters, or Bloomberg. Instead, let’s focus on a question that was neither asked, nor answered at the press conference: What was Piech’s beef with Winterkorn, and why did Piech have to go? It had to do a lot with today’s numbers.

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World’s Largest Automakers 2015: No change in position, no edging

Top3_Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Analysts, including DailyKanban, gave Volkswagen good odds to overtake Toyota this year, and to take the top spot in the World’s Largest Automakers ranking. Then, peak cars made itself felt. Not just Toyota, also #2 Volkswagen and #3 GM have slowed down markedly, and by the end of the first quarter, the ranking hasn’t changed. [Continue Reading]