Analysts say GM's production numbers will fall behind VW's
7 April 2009

Analysts have predicted General Motors will produce less cars than Volkswagen AG this year, dropping it to the third largest car maker by volume.

Market research company R.L. Polk has predicted GM will suffer a 31 per cent drop in production this year.

In contrast, it predicts VW will drop production by 15 per cent, thanks in part to its limited exposure to the US market, where sales have dropped further than in Europe.

Toyota is the largest producer of cars in the world.

Global production of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles is forecast to fall 19 per cent, or two million units, to 52.8 million vehicles this year - the lowest output since 1998.

Polk's report also predicted global car output will increase again in 2010, with strong growth pushing production levels to record levels of more than 70 million vehicles in 2012.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic