Japanese car giant Toyota Motor Corp plans to raise its global output to near 10 million units next year, out-distancing its rival General Motors Corp of the US, a news report said yesterday.
Toyota now expects its group's global production to expand to some 9.9 million vehicles next year, about 500,000 units more than the projection for the current year, the Nikkei Shimbun newspaper said.
The expansion is mainly due to expectations of continued robust sales in China, the Middle East and other emerging economies, the business daily said.
Toyota is expected to outdo General Motors in output this year as the carmaker steps up production overseas, and the gap is likely to widen next year, it said.
Toyota projects its global output for this year will climb by 4 percent year on year to 9.42 million cars, while General Motors earlier this month announced a production forecast of a 1 percent gain to 9.26 million units.
As the result, the Japanese company is likely to become the world's No. 1 carmaker in terms of production volume for the first time.
Toyota's overseas output, excluding group firms, is likely to grow more than 5 percent next year from 4.2 million units projected for the current year, exceeding its domestic production, Nikkei said.
On the sales front, Toyota is neck-and-neck with General Motors for the rank of the world's top selling automaker.
Toyota overtook GM in the first quarter in terms of global sales and remained in the pole position for the first half of the year, but GM regained its lead for the nine months to September.
While Toyota is expanding its overseas production facilities, GM has been laying off workers and shuttering factories to try to reverse losses that hit US$2 billion last year.
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