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Toyota regains pole position

Monday 28 January 2013 6:00

Japanese giant Toyota has relaimed its position as the world's biggest vehicles maker.

The group sold 9.75 million vehicles in 2012, a jump of more than 22% from the previous year.

General Motors, which was the biggest vehicle maker in 2011, sold 9.29 million vehicles in 2012.

Toyota endured a tough period in 2011 when production was hindered by natural disasters in Japan and Thailand.

However, it has seen a steady recovery since then and has been regaining its share in key markets such as the US.