Toyota Outsells Volkswagen In October, Remains World's Top-Selling Automaker

Nov 29, 2015 04:18 PM EST | John Nassivera

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Toyota Motor is staying on top in the auto industry as the world's top-selling carmaker, beating Volkswagen for the fourth month in a row.

The Japanese automaker managed to outsell its German rival in October largely due to VW's sales falling 5.3 percent because of its current emissions-cheating scandal, according to CBC News.

Toyota said Friday that its group vehicle sales totaled 8.35 million from January to October, which was more than the 8.26 million that VW delivered in the same period. The achievement was a 1.2 percent increase from the same period in the previously year for Toyota and a 1.7 percent increase for VW.

While VW held the top-selling title earlier this year, Toyota outsold the automaker on a year-to-date basis since July, Reuters reported.

VW said earlier this month it saw a 5.3 percent decline in brand sales year-on-year in October after it admitted to cheating on emissions tests by equipping some its diesel cars with software that allowed them to emit less pollutants during tests than them do on the road. Some of these cars were sold in the U.S. and date back to 2009.

The company is facing harsh consequences because of the issue, such as being fined $12.3 million by South Korea and being ordered to recall over 125,000 diesel cars in the country, CBC News noted. VW is also facing trouble in the U.S., as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently ordered the company to recall all cars sold in the state that used the emission-cheating software.

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