Toyota says it sold 4.97 million vehicles globally for the first six months of this year, a strong result that could see the Japanese automaker regain its crown as the world's top automaker from General Motors Co.
Toyota Motor Corp. has rebounded from a period of dismal sales. Its production was hit by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan last year and then by flooding in Thailand. Before those disasters, its sales were dented by massive US recalls.
GM plans to release first-half global sales August 2. Its vehicle sales probably exceeded the 4.56 million it clocked in the first half of last year given its strong performance in China and the US.
Volkswagen AG earlier this month said it sold 4.45 million vehicles in the first half.