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The Toyota Motor Corp. group sold 4.16 million cars globally in the January-June period, likely becoming the world’s best-selling carmaker on a first-half basis for the first time in six years, data released by the company showed Thursday.

The figure, including sales of minivehicle-maker Daihatsu Motor Co. and truck producer Hino Motors Ltd., represented a 21.6 percent drop from the same period a year earlier on slowing demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it surpassed the 3.89 million units sold by Germany’s Volkswagen AG, which marked a 27.4 percent decline from a year before.

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