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Old 10th November 2009, 12:32   #1
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Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world’s largest auto manufacturer in the world. It was already Europe’s largest car manufacturer and now it has surpassed Toyota Motor Corp in worldwide production of units. Volkswagen had initially projected this target to be achieved by the year 2018 but has now surpassed initial project in 2009 itself.

In the first 9 months of the year, VW Group’s sales are up by 34 percent compared to last year. VW’s Skoda brand in particular enjoyed the greatest growth in Germany with Fabia sales up by 92.4 percent, as well as Octavia sales up by 20.4 percent.

Volkswagen sales also got leverage due to the scrappage scheme launched by various European governments. VW continued to give superb performance in worldwide automotive industry specifically in Germany. Nevertheless, in spite of ending of scrappage scheme, VW continued to register 26.1 percent growth in its sales figures in its home country.

Toyota now ranks second worldwide and Ford holds the third position of the world’s largest auto makers. According to the production figures, the VW Group manufactured 4.4 million units in the first nine months of 2009 while Toyota’s produced 4 million. Ford was listed as the world’s third largest manufacturer with 3.7 million units followed by General Motors at production of 3.6 million units worldwide.

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It is a shame that they have a very small presence here in India.
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Way to go VW,the new model that are avaited to release in India will add more numbers to this.
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Default Only numbers, or quality too?

Let's hope the pursuit of the highest number doesn't become a single minded obsession. Quality of production, reliability, ruggedness, safety, design and looks, fuel efficiency, all of these should be the focus as well.

Also, I have the feeling that Toyota will regain the top slot once the economy recovers, especially in the US and in Japan. VW might have to wait for some more time to be the king of the production hill. But has to be cautious not to compromise on qualities that make VW a VW and not a German clone of an oriental icon.

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It is a shame that they have a very small presence here in India.
Yes, But I believe they would want to retain this No1 status by adding new cars in India - Polo, Up, Tiguan etc. Indian market will certainly help them.
I know these cars in their cards, and as of now Toyota has nothing in the line.

VW should increase the sales and service outlets too. C'mon VW!
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I hope they do something otherwise someone will Shh..da on them, and they will at least draw a big Zero from India.
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VW overtook toyota just because of the scrappage scheme introduced in europe(esp. gremany, they gave max. stimulus). Toyota gets major sales from US and VW from EU. Hence, it benefits VW group more than Toyota.
Once, the incentives are over, it will be toyota ahead of VW again.
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Lets not forget that about a year back, VW had also become the most valuable company in the world (thanks to Porsche stock et al)! to VW. Thanks to Toyota's overt dependence on the USA market (crashed in 2009) and Europe's clash for clunkers program.

Time to take care of the reliability / electronics / gearbox issues then?

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It is a shame that they have a very small presence here in India.
Don't bet on it. To become a large player in India, you need small cars + diesels. VW has both, in addition to a plethora of brands spanning different price points (Audi, Skoda etc.). Their new plant in Maharashtra has massive production capacity. Their advertising blitzkrieg in today's TOI hints at a mass brand building exercise.
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Well put GTO... i did get the same feeling when i went through today's "VW of India " They have a good brand in Europe and it looks they are pretty serious about the Indian market...looks like Toyota's EFC and the Polo will go head to head ! Something strange about today's ad, in the note about all the VW group company's (SEAT, SKODA, Lamborghini..etc) they havent mentioned anything about Porsche ??!!
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VW Empire consists of:
  • Audi
  • Bentley
  • Bugatti
  • Lamborghini
  • MAN (30% stake)
  • Porsche
  • SEAT
  • Škoda
  • Volkswagen Passenger Cars
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
  • Scania

That is a diverse empire with an even more diverse portfolio!
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Its so surprising to know VW has overtaken Toyota by sales. They had their targets set for 2018 of being the largest auto company & world No-1 . has it become a reality now itself

However if all data is real it can be attributed to their dominence in europe & the clunkers programme.

Toyota wake up...US & japan & SE asia are not the only part of the world where civilization exist

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What about European preference for EUR cars?
Even though they might get more reliable vehicle at lower price from Japs.

I don't think Americans are that fanatic.
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Its funny that numbers are being considered as a yardstick for size. Profitability is far more important. Take GM for example. They are not that far behind in the overall scheme of things. 4.4 million to 3.7 million, but their books are in shambles
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Probably that is the reason why they have hogged the limelight and they are all over today's Times of India print edition (11/11/2009). Also they are launching the Polo soon. I did see that they were doing some tests on the highway with a hatch with a VW symbol which I am sure was a Polo and a Fabia. It was raining and I was driving so no pictures :(
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Don't bet on it. To become a large player in India, you need small cars + diesels. VW has both, in addition to a plethora of brands spanning different price points (Audi, Skoda etc.)
Well skoda was a little success for VW in india but look at the JETTA, only one or two sightings every day,
Hey guys don't you think VW should bring th Golf GTI to India (Without 100%+ extra taxes) then it can give all the other companies nightmares even during the day time.

Keep revving..
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