General Motors reclaimed the worldwide sales crown in 2011, as sales growth and a crippled Toyota helped the General climb back to the top.
General Motors sold 9,025,942 worldwide in 2011, a 7.6 percent gain. Volkswagen was second with 8,156,000 million units, a 14 percent gain. Toyota ranked third, though exact figures have yet to be released. Estimated peg Toyota sales at 7.9 million units, a 6 percent drop. Toyota sales were no doubt impacted by March 2011’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With Toyota back at full production capacity, 2012 should see increased competition, with Volkswagen still trying to snatch the overall sales crown.