TOKYO Jan 28 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
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.