But the automotive landscape is changing rapidly and VW has made the strategic decision that being the biggest is no longer necessary. In fact, it may even have some advantages. Instead of focusing on beating a certain rival, VW can better concentrate internally as it pushes itself towards an all-electric future. Already it’s way ahead of Toyota in this field, thanks to the successful launches of several EVs from across its brands, including the VW ID.4, Porsche Taycan, and Audi e-tron.
Toyota currently lacks a battery electric vehicle, though a production version of the recently revealed bZ4X concept is on the way along with other models that’ll share its E-TNGA architecture. The Japanese carmaker also promised game-changing solid state batteries by the end of this year.