General Motors’ market share issue has once again bit the automaker, with Volkswagen AG passing GM for second place in global sales across the board. Toyota was number one.
Volkwagen sold 9.73 million cars and trucks in 2013 versus GM’s 9.71 million. Now, 2 million doesn’t seem like a giant difference but ze Germans have been producing heavy-duty truck sales from its MAN SE and Scania AB divisions, which are market segments that the Detroit-based automaker currently does not compete in.
In front of both Volkwagen and GM, Toyota sold an amazing 9.98 million cars to keep the crown as the number one automaker in the world. Its sales included its subsidiaries Hino Motors and Daihatsu units.