Toyota sales in Japan up 42 percent in 2012 image

Not only did Toyota end 2012 as the world’s largest automaker, but its results in Japan were encouraging as well.

The automaker sold 1,537,371 new passenger cars in Japan last year, up 42.4 percent year on year. Toyota’s total sales in its home market, including light and heavy trucks, rose 40.9 percent to 1,692,228.

Toyota was able to fully recover from a disastrous 2011 when the Japanese earthquake-tsunami disaster hurt the firm’s revenues. Toyota’s passenger car exports from Japan also rose 25.5 percent to 1,750,237 units, while the carmaker’s total shipments were up 24 percent to 1,945,688 units. Toyota’s production outside Japan was up 25.8 percent to 5,243,616 units, while total global output increased 26.1 percent to 8,736,529.

Toyota became once again the world’s No. 1 carmaker last year, as its global sales rose 22.8 percent to 8,717,000, of which 7,025,000 (+19.2 percent) were outside Japan. When including minicar (kei-car) and light commercial vehicles maker Daihatsu and truckmaker Hino, worldwide Toyota group output was up 26.1 percent to 9,909,440 units, with 5,489,282 (+25.5 percent) built outside Japan.

Toyota’s global sales rose 22.6 percent to 9,748,000, with 7,336,000 (+19 percent) outside Japan. The Japanese carmaker sold more cars worldwide than General Motors (No. 2) and Volkswagen (No. 3).