VW overtakes Toyota

TOYOTA has lost the title as the world’s biggest car manufacturer, with Volkswagen nudging past it in the first half of 2015. VW’s achievement, with 5.04 million deliveries compared with Toyota’s 5.02, comes three years ahead of the German carmaker’s own decade-long goal of becoming the world’s number one by volume. A shining light is VW’s sports car subsidiary Porsche, which bumped sales up by 30 percent in a record first half. Toyota took the top spot in 2008 from General Motors, which is now third.