Volkswagen now second biggest car maker in world after Toyota

Friday 31 January 2014 13.15
Volkswagen sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles last year
Volkswagen sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles last year

Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, sales figures for last year show today.

The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013. 

That figures covers all 12 of VW's brands, including truck makers MAN and Scania, a spokesman explained. 

"These are the definitive of all our brands. They are comparable with our rivals, who also include heavy trucks," he said. 

Toyota sold a total 9.98 million vehicles last year and General Motors a total 9.71 million. 

Volkswagen owns the Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Porsche, VW, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, VW Commercial Vehicles, Ducati, MAN and Scania brands.

Analysts believe the group may achieve its long-term target of annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles ahead of its target date of 2018.