About Bertel Schmitt

After a 40 year hiatus, spent doing propaganda in the automotive industry around the world, Bertel returns as a journalist and to the roots of his initials. His wife is a late model Japanese Import.

Monday Morning Auto News, Jan 30, 2023: Toyota ichiban again. Nissan, Renault overhaul Alliance. More.

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Toyota is World’s Largest Automaker 2022, and a few battery devotees still won’t believe it.

As predicted by Dailykanban as early as May last year, Toyota Group is world’s largest automaker for the year 2022, and it is a repeat succeeder. Toyota topped the leaderboard in 2021. Toyota was world’s largest in sales in 2020.  Toyota was edged-out by formerly vibrant Volkswagen in 2019 by only 250,000 units. Consistency and continuity, that’s Toyota. Despite COVID, chip shortages, and shooting wars, Toyota Group sold 10,483,024 units around the world in 2022, coming in only a smidgen below the sales in the prior year.

Also consistently and continuously, many alleged auto experts have been forecasting Toyota’s impending doom for as long as Toyota led the industry, simply because it hasn’t hopped on the battery-driven bandwagon. Volkswagen has, and it ended the year 2.2 million units behind Toyota. Volkswagen also ended the year with a new CEO, because the old one, a declared friend of batteries, and a fan of Tesla’s Elon Musk, was fired.

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Friday Morning Auto News, Jan 27, 2023: Elon Musk not the right person to own Twitter, co-founder says. Small electric pickups inbound. More.

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Jan 26, 2023: Akio Toyoda steps down as CEO, becomes Chairman. Tesla earnings beat (lowered) estimates. More.

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Wednesday Morning Auto News, Jan 25, 2023: Musk’s flailing reputation bad news for stock. Toyota halts Czech plant during Feb. Tesla to build $3,5bln plant in NV. More,

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Tuesday Morning Auto News, Jan 24, 2023: Britain’s Crown sues Musk’s Twitter over unpaid rent. German Union fights Ford’s massive job cuts. Musk testifies. More.

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Monday Morning Auto News, Jan 23, 2023: VW keeps IPO option open. Musk returns to stand. Geely electrifies London Taxi maker. More

 

Friday Morning Auto News, Jan 20, 2023: Stellantis runs out of parts in Italy. Musk, director of fake autopilot video to take the stand, jury should be warned. More.

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