Despite the lingering effects of its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen Group has eclipsed Toyota Motor Corporation to take the lead in global automotive sales during the first six months of the year.
Volkswagen deliveries rose 1.5 percent to 5.12 million vehicles in the January to June period, while Toyota reported that it sold 4.99 million cars during that time frame, down 0.6 percent from the same period a year ago.
The admission that it manipulated the results of diesel emissions tests of 11 million vehicles appears to be having a limited affect on Volkswagen sales outside of the U.S. While VW saw U.S. deliveries slump 7.2 percent in the first half of the year, sales were up 3.8 percent in Europe and 6.8 percent in China.
Toyota has held the distinction of being the world’s largest automaker for the last four years after surpassing General Motors. Volkswagen has indicated that its goal is to assume that title by 2018.