Record 2012 sales make Toyota top carmaker

<p>Toyota has reclaimed the title of biggest carmaker after achieving record sales in 2012.</p>

Toyota has reported that it achieved record sales in 2012, giving the Japanese company the title of world's largest automotive manufacturer.

The firm has reclaimed this accolade after losing out to General Motors (GM) in 2011, as its production was halted by the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster that swept through the country in March of that year, while it has also had to grapple with recalls and the prohibitive strength of the yen.

Over the past 12 months, however, Toyota's sales have rebounded, rising by more than 22 per cent to a record 9.75 million.

GM also reported record demand, which jumped to 9.29 million over the 12-month period, while Nissan sold 4.94 million units and Honda Motor sales rose by 19 per cent to 3.82 million.

At 09:45 GMT, Toyota shares retreated on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by 0.1 per cent to a unit value of €35.69.

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