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Toyota set to lead global auto sales for 3rd straight year

Rival VW stumbles in China amid lockdowns and chip shortage

Toyota is on track to become the world's top automaker for a third straight year.  

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor said Monday it sold 9.56 million vehicles worldwide from January to November, on par with the same period of 2021, putting it on track to beat Volkswagen and lead the global market for a third straight year.

The Japanese automaker sold 2.14 million more vehicles than Volkswagen, including sales by group automakers Daihatsu Motor and Hino Motors. The German company, whose sales over that time fell 9% on the year, needs to more than triple its 2022 monthly sales average in December to beat Toyota for the full year.

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