But nearest rival VW is unhappy with the accounting system
20 January 2012

GM sold more cars than its rival car makers last year - although officials from nearest rival VW have indicated they do not agree with the system of counting sales.

GM reported that its sales rose 7.6 per cent last year to more than 9 million vehicles. Volkswagen claimed 8.1 million sales, but unlike its rival says it didn't include sales via its Chinese partners.

Toyota, formerly the world's highest-selling car maker, slipped to third, with 7.9 million sales, following production problems in the wake of the tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand.

The sales figures represent a remarkable turnaround for GM, which went in to bankruptcy in 2009. It now sells more cars in Asia than America.

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20 January 2012

[quote Autocar]GM reported that its sales rose 7.6 per cent last year to more than 9 million vehicles. Volkswagen claimed 8.1 million sales, but unlike its rival says it didn't include sales via its Chinese partners.[/quote]

More fool VW then.

A sale is a sale if it is with a partner company or not.

Seems like their re-structuring has paid dividends already then.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 January 2012

Which is the biggest selling GM product now then and where outside of America is it's biggest market? It's hard to keep up with what brands are now GM owned.

Seems like quite a turnaround from a couple of years ago.

20 January 2012

Just read Julian Rendell's blog on here which explains a lot. The Chinese market proving massive.

20 January 2012

Any car will sell if the pricing is cheap, what margin is GM making per unit sold is the question that should now be asked.

I suspect both VW and Toyota is making more profit per unit at present.

K_A

20 January 2012

[quote Evo_ermine]Which is the biggest selling GM product now then and where outside of America is it's biggest market?[/quote]

One can assume that China is GM's largest market with the Buick Regal being the most popular model.

20 January 2012

[quote K_A]One can assume that China is GM's largest market [/quote] well, i can't imagine it's going to be sweeden!!!

20 January 2012

I Think I read that the US is still by far GM's biggest market although China is catching up.

China is also apparently a good market to sell in because none of them seem to want base model vehicles - All aspire to own Large vehicles kitted with lots of technology and optional extras.

20 January 2012

Good to hear, well done GM

20 January 2012

[quote K1NZ]Good to hear, well done GM[/quote]

+1 great to see GM back on top

20 January 2012

Indeed good news for GM, but unless Japan is struck by another earthquake in 2012, Toyota is almost certain to regain it's top position. VW might also pass GM this year.

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