Toyota benefited last year from improved supply chains and steady demand in North America and Europe, Bloomberg reported. The Japanese automaker said in a press release today that it increased production last year by 8.6 percent to 11.5 million cars.
Volkswagen previously announced that it had increased sales by 11.8 percent to 9.2 million vehicles last year. Volkswagen also includes Škoda Auto, whose sales last year increased by 18.5 percent to 866,800 vehicles.
Toyota has recently been grappling with scandals surrounding subsidiaries Daihatsu, Hino Motors and Toyota Industries, involving irregularities in car and engine certification tests, which could damage its global reputation for quality and safety, Reuters reported.
“I would like to express my deepest apologies to customers and shareholders for the inconvenience and concern caused by the irregularities at Hino Motors, Daihatsu and Toyota Industries,” the automaker’s president, Akio Toyoda, said today.