Toyota Motor Corporation sales worldwide fell by just 5.1% to 9,919,759 units in the fiscal year ending on 31st March 2021, a year in which economies around the world were severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global sales in the last fiscal year were underpinned by strong demand for the Toyota and Lexus brands in China and the US. The data included a 4% decline in Toyota and Lexus sales to 9,087,303 units, a 14.9% drop in Daihatsu sales to 689,850 units, and an almost 21% fall in Hino sales to 142,606 units.

Sales in Japan fell by 4.3% to 2,195,061 units, while overseas sales were down by 5.4% at 7,724,698 units.

Japan’s top automaker produced 9,472,566 vehicles in the fiscal year, down by 8.9% on the previous year, including 3,948,385 units in Japan (-10.5%) and 5,524,181 (-7.7%) overseas. Exports from Japan dropped by 16.1% to 1,776,771 units. 

The company said sales in March 2021 jumped by over 39% year on year to 1,084,805 units, driven by a 44% rise in Toyota and Lexus sales to 982,912 units as markets around the world rebounded from depressed year earlier volume.