After the recall fiasco, Toyota President Akio Toyoda acknowledged that the automaker needed to go back to its roots and strengthen quality rather than pursuing rapid growth at any cost.
But in recent months, he has changed his tone slightly, promising growth for Toyota, although he has stressed it will do so with good products.
Toyota spokesman Joichi Tachikawa played down Wednesday's figures.
"We can only keep trying to make good products that appeal to our customers," he said.
Krisher reported from Detroit. Follow Krisher on Twitter at http://twitter.com@tkrisher and Yuri Kageyama at http://twitter.com/yurikageyama
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