It was a close run thing for the title of the world’s top carmaker last year. Toyota kept its spot at the top of the global sales ranking for the third straight year, but it outsold US rival General Motors by less than 30,000 vehicles.
GM said its sales climbed just over twelve percent to 8.390 million vehicles. Deliveries in the top two markets, China and the US, both exceeding two million.
Toyota’s global sales grew percent to 8.418 million vehicles and its US sales suffered last year from a safety crisis that led to the recall of at least 10 million cars in its single-biggest market. That meant rivals such as Ford and Hyundai took some of its market share.
GM’s growth in the United States, while slower than the industry’s average, outpaced Toyota’s slight decline with a 6.3 percent rise.
In China, GM’s sales soared 29 percent, beating Toyota’s 19 percent climb.