Toyota kept its title as the world's top-selling carmaker in 2015, putting it ahead of scandal-ridden Volkswagen and US rival General Motors. Toyota sold more than 10 million vehicles last year, beating its own forecast.
Strong vehicle sales in the world's most important car market have been essential in enabling German carmakers to end their third quarters on a positive note. Their dependence on China is expected to increase further.
Car sales in the European Union enjoyed their strongest October in eight years, with new car sales up by almost six percent. But poor performance in Britain and Ireland is holding the bloc back.
With sales up in September, Ford's new CEO Jim Hackett has revealed a plan to increase investment in electric and larger vehicles. At the same time he is implementing a massive cost-cutting program.
New registrations of cars in the European Union have gone down markedly in recent weeks. Fresh figures show that particularly the UK auto market is going through a rough patch amid Brexit-related uncertainties.
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