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Toyota Threatens Gm For # 1 Spot.

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I got this from the Car and Driver website. Enjoy! B)

Toyota Threatens GM for Number One Spot

The Daily Auto Insider

Thursday, March 10, 2005

March 2005

Toyota, which passed Ford to become the world's number two automaker in annual global vehicle sales in 2003, may overtake General Motors as the world's top automaker, the Japan Times reported.

Last year, Toyota sold 7.52 million vehicles around the world, including its truck subsidiary Hino Motors Ltd. and Daihatsu Motor Co., which makes tiny cars. Ford sold 6.80 million vehicles in 2004.

In 2003, Toyota's worldwide sales totaled 6.78 million vehicles, including Hino and Daihatsu, while Ford's sales — which include Lincoln, Mercury, Aston Martin, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover, but not sales for Mazda, which is 33.4 percent owned by Ford — stood at 6.72 million vehicles.

At this pace, Toyota could overtake Ford on its own, even without Daihatsu and Hino. Toyota alone sold 6.07 million vehicles in 2003, and 6.71 million vehicles in 2004.

Meanwhile, General Motors is still the world's number one automaker, producing 9.1 million vehicles in 2004, up from 8.8 million in 2003.

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Having owned Toytota and GM cars, I say.....

Go Toyota! They make good cars that last a long time without breaking.

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