General Motors is set to reclaim its position as the world's highest selling car maker from Toyota - but both companies are losing ground to VW.
GM's sales are down 21.8 per cent in the first six months of this year, compared to Toyota's drop of 26 per cent. As a result, GM is just 11,000 sales behind Toyota up until the end of June.
GM was the world's top selling acr maker for almost 80 years, before losing out last year to Toyota.
VW, meanwhile, limited its sales decline to 5.1 per cent, closing more than a million sales on Toyota and narrowing the gap to around 450,000 sales.
According to the figures compiled by the Automotive News Data Center, Ford suffered the biggest year-on-year sales drop among the major manufacturers, with its sales dropping 30.6 per cent.
Top ten car sales in first six months of 2009 (plus year-on-year fall)1 Toyota 3,564,105 (-26.0%)2 General Motors 3,552,722 (-21.8%)3 Volkswagen 3,100,300 (-5.1%)4 Hyundai-Kia 2,153,000 (-n/a) 5 Ford 2,145,000 (-30.6%)6 PSA Peugeot-Citroen 1,586,900 (-14.0%)7 Honda 1,586,000 (-21.6%)8 Nissan 1,545,976 (-23.2%)9 Suzuki 1,152,000 (-10.2%)10 Renault 1,106,989 (-16.5%)