General Motors World’s Largest Automaker, Volkswagen Second, Toyota Third

General Motors World’s Largest Automaker, Volkswagen Second, Toyota Third

General Motors is back on top as the world’s largest automaker, outselling Toyota in the first 6 months of 2011. Both GM and Volkswagen managed to surpass the Japanese automaker in sales, with March’s earthquake and tsunami blamed for severely hampering Toyota’s overall production.

GM moved 4.536 million cars in the six-month period ending June 30th, an 8.9 percent gain. Volkswagen sold 4.13 million units by comparison, while Toyota sold 3.71 million cars. Analysts claim that it will take a significant amount of time for Toyota to make up the volume lost during this year’s natural disasters.

[Source: Automotive News]

  • john787

    Al Ray

    For those who don’t know, GM can now compete. For decades the playing field was much in favor of the Japanese. The Japanese build factories decades ago in the USA and had huge advantages. They did not have to pay a single retiree…for they had none (over 1million for GM), CAFE fell right in their hands because they built only small cars where the domestic made trucks and had to average the gas mileage with those gas guzzling trucks….. it made it impossible to compete. Basically what I’m saying is our Government almost killed the domestic car builders..

    Today with the new CAFE just proposed recently, trucks will not be averaged like they were in the past. The domestic are fine with that but the competition is really lobbying against this. They want to keep their unfair advantage.

    What really bothers me, there are many on the Internet writing anti-GM and don’t have a clue what went on in decades past and only know that GM stole their money. If the government had not helped, even as bad as it is now, we probably be worst now then the Great Depression.

    Buy American! GM and Ford now make world class vehicles.

  • Rob

    It is only a matter of time before GM falls to VW. VW is an automotive powerhouse, there’s no stopping them.

  • jonny

    well i have bought vws in the past and it fit and feel can come close to bmw after a while the ride gets a bit stiff and boring. If you want a real fun car for not alot of money buy a mustang. i went to car max and get a used 1 1/2 yr old ford mustang gt convertible with a stick for around 20k. The depreciation on american cars is amazing. i can tell you i get compliments on the car from everyone. people just stop me. So many people want to drive one but have such social pressure to buy a more reasonable car like an accord. BUY American!