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2014-01-15 10:55

VIPER IN THE NEST: The Chrysler SRT Viper was shown at the 2014 Detroit show - which has nothing to do with this sales figures story but we really wanted to use it. Image: AFP

DETROIT, Michigan - General Motors was still second in global car sales in 2013 behind Toyota but third-placed Volkswagen has narrowed the gap.

The German company's management is pursuing the goal of becoming the leading global automaker by 2018. Industry analysts expect Toyota to remain No.1 for 2013, though the Japanese automaker has not yet reported sales figures.

Other world sales figures were announced on Tuesday (Jan 14 2014) at the Detroit auto show, aka the North American International Auto Show


GM, which had been the world's most prolific automaker for decades before its reorganisation in a government-led bail-out and bankruptcy re-organisation, had unit sales grow 4.5%  in 2013 to 9.715-million, including European subsidiary Opel.

VW had an edge in growth at 4.8%, reaching what it said was more than 9.7-million. The figure includes VW's truck subsidiaries MAN and Scania, which had combined sales of about 200 000, Excluding the heavy trucks, VW sold about 9.5-million vehicles.


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