Volkswagen and Toyota the Leaders
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What is with Toyota and Volkswagen that it leads the market on cars and sales. Which car make will you most likely prefer and why? Moreover this is a general thread on car sales and leaders in the auto industry so anything on it can be discussed and posted here.


http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/27/jerry-flint-toyota-volkswagen-business-autos-flint.html

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VW Pushes Past Toyota as Global Production Leader

November 11, 2009

The distractions for much of the year surrounding the Volkswagen Group's ownership tussle with Porsche AG didn't stop VW from achieving a significant global milestone: VW this month surpassed Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's largest vehicle manufacturer.

The United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper reports IHS Global Insight figures as indicating Volkswagen (now with Porsche included) production hit 4.4 million units for the year, easily shouldering by Toyota and its production of about 4 million units year-to-date.

Analysts have noted this event was not unpredictable; in the face of a global dropoff in demand, Toyota had made the decision to drastically curtail production in the early part of the year, a move that removed as much as 1 million units or more from Toyota production schedules.

Volkswagen, meanwhile, has been the beneficiary of large-scale stimulus efforts in China and many European countries trying to prop up flagging new-vehicle sales.

Volkswagen also has been boosted by unprecedented demand for its products in China, where in July, sales of 128,000 units accounted for one-quarter of VW's global total, the Guardian reported. The company's one-month China sales figure is substantial - in the U.S., Volkswagen sold a total of just 223,000 units for all of 2008.

For now, VW has emerged as the industry's production leader. But sales numbers may just as quickly reverse the new order. If the U.S. market begins to rebound, for example, Toyota could again accelerate past Volkswagen, as Toyota's U.S. sales alone are nearly ten times VW's. Last year, Toyota sold 2,217,662 vehicles in the U.S. - Bill Visnic, senior contributing editor

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http://www.caradvice.com.au/8601/volkswagen-to-beat-toyota-with-quality-beauty/



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Posted 1/9/10
toyota because they are bulletproof
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I've had both and slightly prefer Toyota. These days I drive a Subaru and think it is better than both.
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I used to own a Toyota Camry and a VW Passat. Between both, I prefer TOYOTA!
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**** Toyota. Ever since the end of hte MR2/MR-S, Toyota has gone in the wrong direction by making their cars more and more boring. Hell, I think a cup of water in a squarish glass is more exciting than ANY new Toyota.

And seriously, many of the cars from Toyota cannot be ordered with a MANual transmission. Lame


Even though I know VW and it's other branches (Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, etc) are less reliable these days, I'd much rather have a new Audi with the 2.0 turbo engine and a proper manual-transmission and quattro All-Wheel Drive than any newer Toyota with a manual transmission (if they still exist anymore)
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Talking about style and stuff... I'd prefer a VW. Decent, straightforward cars with very cool design here and there (new Scirocco!).

Overall... Toyoto never made a car that really impressed me. Although those bullet-proof jeeps they tested in Top Gear are quite top notch.
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animonXD wrote:

Talking about style and stuff... I'd prefer a VW. Decent, straightforward cars with very cool design here and there (new Scirocco!).

Overall... Toyoto never made a car that really impressed me. Although those bullet-proof jeeps they tested in Top Gear are quite top notch.


That episode of Top Gear was freakin' hilarious. However, I must tell you that Top Gear is a show for entertainment, not facts. I take most of what the 3 hosts with a grain of salt, especially Jeremy Clarkson (whom I can only imagine him saying "Poooowaaaaa!!!" when he drives).
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True, true.

A lot of the things they state are very subjective... they let their feelings about cars weigh in on their ratings big time.

But that doesn't really matter as long you see through it a little ;)

Clarkson at it's prettiest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0PDkfBgC_w
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for now let me go for toyota
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I prefer Toyota.
Posted 8/26/10
Not really a Volkswagen fan. My pick is Toyota. I know a bit more about them better than VW. Plus VW doesn't have this little baby I want to get one day.
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i would give anything to trade my 98 VW GTI VR6 back for my old 89 Toyota Pickup!
that thing was a TANK! it had over 224,000 miles on it and it was still driving like it had just been taken off the lot.

this VW on the other hand................................ ill just say... ive had it for just under a year, and it has been nothing but a PAIN IN THE @*%!!!
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