We weren’t the only outlet to note Volkswagen’s apparent 2010 production volume win over Toyota a few days ago. Not so fast, Toyota tells Automotive News [sub]. Volkswagen’s total included production by joint ventures in which it does not hold a majority stake, Toyota’s didn’t. On an apples-to-apples basis (with minority stake affiliates included) Toyota built 4.9m vehicles in the first three quarters of 2009, to Volkswagen’s 4.4m. And because Toyota cut so much production early this year, while VW rode the European (particularly the German) cash-for-clunker wave, Toyota will continue to gain ground over the rest of the year. And the gap could widen in 2010: VW should see a certain amount of downturn in its core German market now that the abwrackprämie has expired, while improvements in the US and Asian markets should help Toyota. Not that Toyota cares about being number one. “Toyota’s goal is to focus on the customer, so we’re not focused on being No. 1,” ooze the spokesfolks. Well thanks for correcting us anyway.