Far from being a conglomerate that Porsche had its eyes on taking over, before itself was swallowed by it, VW is coming out as the strongest brand saleswise in the world.
According to the research group JD Power and Associates, Volkswagen AG will probably become the world’s biggest carmaker this year, outselling Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors via its gains in emerging markets.
It is expected that VW sales in China may rise almost 20 percent in 2011 and more than double in India, according to estimates from J.D. Power and Associates. Compare that to the plight of Toyota, which has had to scale back its production, following the Japan earthquake and the floods here in Thailand.
It is also predicted that GM will strengthen its position as number two globally, pushing Toyota back to third.