As ever, in a year heading for likely best new car sales since pre-crisis 2007, there are winners and losers. Overall, one third through the current year, Suzuki stands out as a major gainer. Its four months sales are already up by a quarter, making it one of the marketís notable biggest gainers. Suzukiís sales at this yearís one-third stage have risen by a quarter, thanks in no small measure to the initial sales boost following the market debut of its lighter all new Swift range. A great deal more significant, thereby making a bigger overall splash, Toyota continued to outpace this yearís market by a fair stretch, thanks in no small measure to its hybrid-push drive.
During this yearís first third, with West Europeís overall new car market posting 3.7 per cent growth, Toyotaís own sales grew almost four times faster.
Thatís a striking 14.2 per cent sales surge.
Toyota, in consequence, ranks again as the biggest-selling manufacturer of Japanese cars in Western Europe.
Its sales during the four months to April this year rose 14.2 per cent to 211,200 units, elevating its cumulative car sales share to date by 0.4 percentage points to a recent high point of 4.2 per cent.
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