The largest automaker in Japan is viewing next year's sales
prospects with great ambition,
The Associated Press.
) is aiming to sell 8.48 million cars in 2012, which would
represent a global sales record for the industry. As a
consequence of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in
Japan, the carmaker's rein as top seller of cars ended as it
dropped to third behind top seller General Motors (
) and second-place Volkswagen.
"It won't be a surprise to me if Toyota reaches a new record
in global sales," auto analyst Mamoru Katou of Tokai Tokyo
Research told the news service, noting Japan is seeing heavy
sales of hybrids, the U.S. is seeing strong sales of the Camry
and emerging markets are likely to see increased demand.
The carmaker is aiming to build on next year's figures for
2013 and one way of doing so is by tapping into the developing
markets of China and India.
Thursday saw the Japanese yen lose value to the majority of
its counterpart currencies, with special emphases on poor
performances by the South African rand and the Canadian dollar,