Move over General Motors, Toyota is number 1

toyota_logo_2005By Kay Layne

For the first time in decades Toyota Motor Corp. has outsold General Motors Corp. to become the world’s biggest automaker. Toyota outsold GM in 2008.

There was another first for Toyota. The automaker reported company’s first full-year operating loss in more than 50 years.

Akihiko Otsuka, (L)chief engineer and Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota after the third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Akihiko Otsuka, (L)chief engineer and Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota after the third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show.

 

 

That being said both automakers reported lower sales last year.  Toyota inched in to first place by selling 8.97 cars and trucks approximately 620 000 more unites than GM.  

General Motors North America President Troy Clarke introduces the Chevrolet Orlando seven-seat compact multi-purpose car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. ( I am not a fan of this one)

General Motors North America President Troy Clarke introduces the Chevrolet Orlando seven-seat compact multi-purpose car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. ( I am not a fan of this one)

 

 

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