Toyota ends 2010 as world’s largest carmaker

Japanese company beats rivals despite series of recalls, safety issues

Toyota finished 2010 as the world’s largest carmaker even though it went through a series of recalls and safety issues, the BBC reports. The Japanese car company sold 8.42 million vehicles, beating General Motors, which sold 8.39 million. The company’s sales (including truckmaker Hino and auto maker Daihatsu) went up eight per cent from 2009, much of that due to growth in China and other Asian companies. In 2010, Toyota recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of issues, including faulty floor mats and problems with computer software. In North America, its sales reached 1.94 million vehicles, down two per cent from 2009.

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