GM Slips to Number Two Worldwide, Ford to Fourth

gm slips to number two worldwide ford to fourth

Despite the economic downturn in North America, the future looks bright in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China). So bright, in fact, that there's been an almighty shift. According to Reuters, Toyota has upped global sales stats by 2.2 percent. The increase further cements their number one slot worldwide. That's because GM's global sales have contracted by three percent, trailing Toyota by 278k units. [Note: GM "gooses" its figures by including minority-held joint ventures.] Volkswagen has grown by an astonishing 5.8 percent. As Ford's sales have shrunk by six percent, they've surrendered third largest automaker props to VeeDub. Further commendation goes to Hyundai for increasing sales worldwide by a whopping 10.8 percent, scooping fifth place in the global ranking.

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  • Nick Nick on Sep 02, 2008
    I think Suzuki will really take off in North America once they bring the Swift over here. A suitable link perhaps? I wonder when the Kei Cars will come to NA. The Smart seems to have established a foothold in some circles, despite its shortcomings. I think the Kei Car could make some inroads, in urban markets. Hi Cammy, I am glad the pod people brought the real Cammy back.

  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Sep 02, 2008
    I think Suzuki will really take off in North America once they bring the Swift over here. Do they sell the rebadged Aveo version in the US?

  • Nemphre Nemphre on Sep 03, 2008

    No, the Swift+ is a Canada only thing. They do still sell the Forenza and Reno which are Daewoo rips not unlike the Aveo, but I think they're getting axed for 09.

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