Toyota is still Japan's leading automaker in terms of sales. However, 2018 proved to be a rather tough year for the automotive giant. Despite that, Toyota managed to shift almost 10.6 million vehicles, finding new homes and fleets to serve worldwide.
The rounded up figure stands at 10,594,000 units sold and it includes their subsidiaries such as Daihatsu and Hino. Without the two, Toyota and Lexus managed global sales of 9,524,000, rounded up. Daihatsu meanwhile sold approximately 848,000 vehicles, while Hino sales during 2018 totaled to 204,000 units. Again, the numbers mentioned here have been rounded up, according to Toyota. All in all, the Toyota group saw a gain of 2 percent from 2017's results.
While there was growth, Toyota struggled in their home market last year. Their passenger car sales were down by 4.8 percent. Meanwhile, the truck and bus division of the marque saw a marginal increase of 0.6 percent. Nonetheless, Toyota sales in Japan amounted to 1,564,309 vehicles, down by 4.2 percent. However, Lexus had a banner year in Japan during the past year, selling approximately 55,100 cars translating to an impressive 20.8 percent increase. Lexus Japan's sales figures are included in Toyota Japan's total.
Things look a bit brighter over at Daihatsu, posting sales increases for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. As a result, they sold 646,874 vehicles last year, up by 2.5 percent. Hino posted more sales in Japan last year too, up by 4.5 percent by selling 70,808 trucks and buses. Despite sales boosts from Lexus, Daihatsu, and Hino, Japan domestic sales were lower by 2.1 percent at 2,281,991 units.
Sales outside of Japan for Toyota were a mix of ups and downs during 2018. Locally, Toyota Motor Philippines sales declined by a significant 16.57 percent. Nonetheless, other markets rallied and as a result, total sales in other markets are up by 2.9 percent, totaling to 7,977,000 units. Foreign sales for Daihatsu and Hino are at 201,000 and 133,000 units, respectively. Excluding Japan, Toyota (including Lexus), Daihatsu, and Hino sold 8,312,000 vehicles in other parts of the world.