• Aug 28, 2008
While Toyota and General Motors continue to duke it out for first place among the world's largest automakers, the lower rungs have been equally hotly contested. It came as a shock to many that Hyundai-Kia had surpassed Honda to take the Number 5 spot, but if you think the battle is being waged purely between the Far East and North America, don't discount Europe for long. The continent's largest auto group, Volkswagen, has claimed its place on the podium as the world's third largest automaker, beating out Ford in the first half of this fiscal year.

The numbers, of course, are based on sales worldwide, and they could very well change by the end of the year. Although Ford's own namesake brand surely accounts for the bulk of its sales, the FoMoCo multi-brand conglomerate that once included the Premier Auto Group has dissipated of late, while VW's numerous subsidiaries – including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti – continue to thrive. All the more impressive, then, that a tiny company like Porsche is on the verge of seizing it all.

[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE

VOLKSWAGEN OVERTAKES FORD

Volkswagen Group in the fast lane: Wolfsburg automaker now holds third place in global vehicle sales ranking

WOLFSBURG, Germany - The Volkswagen Group has taken its place among the world's top three automakers thanks to the Wolfsburg-based company's outstanding delivery figures in the first half of 2008. Rival Ford had to settle for fourth position.

"We are delighted that the Volkswagen Group has made it to the global automobile industry's top three for the first time. This shows that we are on the right track with our ever-stronger international presence and, above all, our product program. We will systematically push ahead with our growth course even in the present difficult market environment," Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, commented.

With 3.31 million vehicles delivered in the first half of 2008, the Volkswagen Group increased deliveries in the first six months of this year by 7.2 percent, moving up to third place in the global vehicle sales ranking and overtaking its rival Ford, which announced vehicle sales of 3.22 million for this period.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      GLAD I BOUGHT A 08 JETTA HAVE HAD VW SINCE 1966 SURE DOES BEAT FORD AND GM AND CHRYSLER
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM + VW = WORLD DOMINATION!!!! Wa ha ha ha!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is old news.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is excellent news,
      I can't wait for one of the three American manufactures to FALL!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, what an idiot. People have so much unfounded hate these days. Why do you want to see a US automaker fall?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that should really do wonders for the world economy. A major US mfg going under would surely spur positive economic activity around the US and consequently the world...

        You jackass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i guess even ur parents hate you
      • 6 Years Ago
      again?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember a few months ago here when folks were laughing about VW's plan to be #1? If you really know VW, it's possible and you can't just look at NA as the sales arena or example.
      Chas. Bryan
      • 6 Years Ago
      The red-necks are hurting, they have been the major source of sales for ford for forty years, no one of average intelligence would touch a ford. its' junk, union made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way, Porsche is currently the smallest independent automaker...not Honda. At least until they own VW group!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obligatory OM NOM NOM NOM
      • 6 Years Ago
      again?
      Albert J. Reine
      • 6 Years Ago
      Being number one in sales; Doesen't mean your a better Auto/Maker, this only means you sold or gave a way more autos> Price is a big factor in America now! With the dollar being it's lowest in 20 years. America is in what some would say is: A Ression, some say even a depression; With the higher price of oil and gasoline, Americans have tighten their belt on large items like cars and trucks, many Americans have started to use public transporation; A Car or a Truck is not as important as a House or food on the table: Do Not Worry? Under The Obama Nation everyone will have: The Obama Mobile; nothing more then hot Air, or The Obama Flying Prayer Rug, People will just ask Obama or pray with REV Wright, All Will BE OK Under THE Obama Nation, He Will Nationalize The Auto Industry under The Obama Nation, Al gore will drive and check out every auto and truck; Mr. gore will make sure they do not polute, or cause harm to Mother Earth; Michelle Obama will have the Very Best Obama Mobile, she will be in The Obama Nation's Elite Michelle Edition all full of Dam America, It will be called not Proud of America/ Obama/michelle Elite/(B/S)
      Kathy
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder where the VWs are being made? Toyota has taken over the GM plant here and I know the Ford plant nearby closed down. Maybe VW is doing the same thing - employing Americans to make a "foreign" product... a product that outsells what we made, which means we weren't making what people wanted. Simple supply and demand.
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