World’s Largest Automakers 2021: Toyota on a tear, Volkswagen out of breath

With a mighty year-end push, Toyota Group is making its German rival Volkswagen Group eating dust. With all but one month tallied, there is no doubt that Toyota will end the year as World’s Largest Automaker 2021 – something we have predicted for months.

What we could not predict was the distance between the two contenders. Toyota now leads by nearly 1.4 million units over Volkswagen, and when everything will be tallied a month for now, Toyota might even be ahead of VW by a few cars more.

World’s automakers have been pummeled by a shortage of parts, mostly of the electronic kind no modern car can’t be sold without. Toyota has managed that shortage a bit better. Its November production exceeded that of November 2020 by 3%.  According to Toyota, its output from December onward is “expected to be at high levels.”

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