Toyota slips behind in year-to-June sales figures.

Volkswagen Group topped global sales charts in the first half of 2016, despite the ongoing Dieselgate scandal.

VW reported year-to-June sales across the group - including commercials - of 5.12 million vehicles. That represents a 1.5 per cent rise on the same period last year.

That result moved Toyota from the number one spot for the first time in four years. The Japanese giant saw a drop of 0.6% across all its brands, down to 4.99 million sales.

Toyota’s cause wasn’t helped by problems for some of its suppliers. In February, Toyota’s plants in Japan shut down for a week after an explosion at a steel supplier. Weeks more were lost after another supplier’s factory was damaged in an earthquake. U.S. demand for the hybrid Prius has slumped, too.

VW Group’s core Volkswagen brand has seen a slump in sales in the wake of Dieselgate, but that has been more than made for by strong demand at Audi, Porsche, and Skoda. The Group hopes to see a full-year increase beyond the 9.93 million sales registered last year.

General Motors posted the best numbers of any manufacturer in the United States, and ranks third in the world, on sales of 4.76 million. Though that is a decline of 1.2% from the first six months of 2015.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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