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Volkswagen passes Toyota as largest automaker in H1

Staff Writer |
Volkswagen Group accelerated past Toyota Motor for the title of world's largest automaker for the first half of 2016 despite Dieselgate.

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Volkswagen sold 5.12 million vehicles through June, while Toyota said that it had sold 4.99 million vehicles during that same period.

Toyota vehicle sales were down 0.6%, compared to the same period a year earlier. VW sales were up 1.5%.

Volkswagen targeted 2018 as its goal for becoming the world's largest auto manufacturer. Toyota has held the title for four consecutive years after taking the throne from General Motors, now the world's third-largest automaker.

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