Volkswagen Becomes World's Largest Carmaker


German automobile-maker Volkswagen overtook Toyota to become the world’s largest car manufacturer in 2016.  VW, which also produces Audi, Porsche and Skoda cars,  produced 10.3 million cars last year, about a hundred thousand more than its Japanese rival. American carmaker General Motors came in third.  Toyota has dominated the car market in the last decade.

These results are surprising, considering the fact that Volkswagen has been involved in a diesel emissions scandal for the past few years.

Most of VW’s increases come from  Europe and the Chinese market. In China, which could overtake Europe as VW’s biggest market, VW sold almost 4 million vehicles. Sales in the United States and Latin American countries dropped last year.

The German carmaker has undergone turbulent times during the last few years, but has managed to stabilize its sales. It desperately wants to earn back the trust of its customers, especially in the United States. A short time ago Volkswagen agreed to  pay billions of dollars in compensation  for installing software that would show wrong emission data in diesel vehicles.


Toyota has responded by stating that being the world’s largest car producers is not the company’s primary goal. According to a spokesperson, it just wants to continue making  good cars.



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