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Toyota Motor Corporation today announced that its year-to-date (January to September 2015) worldwide sales results have amounted to 7,498,000 units, effectively overtaking the Volkswagen Group, which managed to deliver 7,430,800 units in the same time span.

However, both automotive groups experienced a decline in deliveries of 1.5% compared to the year before. The Japanese group’s September worldwide production, inclusive of its subsidiaries (Daihatsu and Hino) managed to hit 921,589 units, a growth of 0.5% compared to a year ago.

Volkswagen is currently in the midst of recovering from the dieselgate scandal, where “defeat devices” were discovered to be fitted on vehicles that are powered by the EA189 2.0 litre EU5-compliant diesel engine in order to dupe emissions tests. The Group’s relinquishment of its lead in global sales during the first six months of 2015 is seen as a consequence of the scandal.

According to Bloomberg, a slowdown in demand in Volkswagen’s largest market, China, also attributed to this predicament, with a 7.4% decline during the first nine months of 2015.

Speaking to the business publication, Koji Endo, an auto analyst at Advanced Research Japan said, “Toyota will be the No. 1 for this year.” He added, “VW may be facing sales difficulties due to the scandal towards next year in Europe and the US, and I don’t see the Chinese market coming back anytime soon.”