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Toyota Forecasts 2% Sales Volume Gain on Overseas Auto Demand

Published: December 26, 2012 | 8:58 am
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Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), poised to regain its title as the world’s biggest carmaker this year, said its vehicle sales may rise 2 percent next year to a record, led by demand from overseas markets.
Global sales, including those of subsidiaries Hino Motors Ltd. (7205) and Daihatsu Motor Co. (7262), may climb to 9.91 million vehicles in 2013, the Toyota City, Japan-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. The maker of the Corolla and the Camry sedan estimates sales expanded 22 percent to a record 9.7 million this year, the biggest gain since at least 2000.
Toyota is counting on the U.S. to boost sales next year, countering a projected 15 percent drop in Japan, where government subsidies to purchasers of fuel-efficient vehicles expired in September. The automaker’s 2013 forecast surpasses the previous high of 9.37 million units in 2007, before the global financial crisis sapped demand.
The maker of the Prius, the world’s best-selling gas- electric hybrid car, is set to regain the title of world’s best- selling automaker from General Motors Co. (GM) and Volkswagen AG (VOW3) this year, as the industry heads for a record year. Global 2012 sales will top 80 million cars and trucks for the first time, as robust U.S. and Japanese purchases offset a European downturn, according to estimates from LMC Automotive.
“After the subsidies expired in September, car sales in Japan didn’t fall tremendously, so Toyota’s forecast for domestic deliveries to drop 15 percent next year is bigger than we expected,” Yoshiaki Kawano, a Tokyo-based industry analyst at IHS Automotive. “The U.S. will continue to lead sales next year, but the growth level at Japanese carmakers will match the industry’s, unlike this year, where they all outperformed the market.”
In 2013, Toyota’s overseas sales will rise 8 percent to 7.87 million, while deliveries in Japan will decline to 2.04 million, the company said in the statement. Worldwide production will be 9.94 million vehicles next year, almost unchanged from 9.92 million this year, the automaker said.
Daihatsu sales may drop 3 percent to 840,000 units next year, while Hino will probably see deliveries increase 12 percent to 170,000 vehicles, the company said.

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