Many automakers have reached milestones so far in 2013, but only one can be named the top manufacturer of the first half of the year. Now that all the numbers are in, Toyota has retained the title of the world's top-selling carmaker.
According to Reuters, Toyota sold more than 4.9 million vehicles in January through June of 2013. While this is a significant number, it represents a 1.1 percent drop in total sales compared to the same time last year, as the market in Toyota's home country of Japan decreased. Still, strong sales in the U.S. allowed the manufacturer to retain the No. 1 position.
Although Toyota came out on top, the results were up in the air for some time. General Motors had a 4 percent increase in global sales, bringing its total to 4.85 million vehicles sold, while Volkswagen jumped 5.5 percent to 4.7 million cars sold, Reuters reports. If these trends continue, there could be a new winner this time next year.
More drivers are being drawn to GM and Volkswagen because of the growing number of models offered by each company, many of which span a wide range between luxury cars to SUVs. Revamped customer service, including improved auto repair warranties, has also attracted some motorists to these brands.