Fresh on the heels of its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen no longer leads global auto sales.
Bloomberg reported Monday that Toyota sold 7.49 million cars in 2015 through September, while Volkswagen reported selling 7.43 million.
Volkswagen led global sales for three months ahead of reporting its latest figures. The September results include less than two weeks of sales figures after Volkswagen admitted to installing software dubbed “defeat devices” in some of its cars to cheat diesel emissions figures. The scandal forced the company’s chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, to resign.
“Toyota will be the No. 1 for this year,” auto analyst Koji Endotold Bloomberg. “VW may be facing sales difficulties due to the scandal toward next year in Europe and the U.S., and I don’t see the Chinese market coming back anytime soon.”