akio toyoda

The Toyota boss did a happy dance last year after outselling GM in the US. – Dubai Car News

Akio Toyoda, grandson of Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda, is more than just a business executive. The 66-year-old president is a true enthusiast, the driving force behind some of the hottest cars in the GR flavor like the Yaris, Supra and Corolla. The 86 is alive and well while the Super Sport is the hypercar. (Expected) Still coming. At the same time, Akio Toyoda is a race car driver and has participated in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring several times.

When he’s not at the track or green-lighting sports cars, he looks at sales numbers like a president of an automaker would. During a roundtable interview with reporters last week, Akio Toyoda made a rather juicy confession. After Toyota outsold General Motors in the US last year, the head honcho did a “little happy dance” in his office. “Thankfully, no one saw it,” he said.

In fact, Toyota delivered exactly 2,332,262 units in 2021 while GM sold 2,218,228. Sure, 114,034 sales doesn’t represent a huge difference when looking at the sales charts of the two major players in general. However, beating GM on its home turf is an impressive feat. That’s especially true when you keep in mind that the last time GM wasn’t #1 was 90 years ago, in 1931.

When the numbers were published in early 2022, GM spokesman Jim Cain said Reuters Said: “If I were, I wouldn’t rush [Toyota]And get a ‘We’re Number 1’ tattoo. How is it going so far this year? Toyota outperformed GM in the first quarter, but the North American automaker bounced back in Q2. Both have been hit hard by parts shortages and have had to adjust production as well as build unfinished vehicles waiting for missing components.

Talking with CNBC Earlier this year, Jack Hollis, Toyota North America’s senior vice president of automotive operations, said that outselling GM was not the company’s goal. He noted that this is unlikely to happen again: “Yes, we surpassed General Motors in sales. But let’s be clear that’s not our goal, and we don’t see it as sustainable. Understand.”

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