Bloomberg is reporting that General Motors has taken back the crown as the world's largest automaker. The Detroit-based company outsold Toyota through the first six months of 2011, thanks largely to the manufacturer's production shortages brought on by this year's earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. GM sold a total of 4.536 million units worldwide through June 30, Volkswagen moved 4.13 million vehicles, while Toyota numbers fell to 3.71 million units. Bloomberg reports that production at the company's Toyota City facility plummeted by 23 percent after a full production stop following the March earthquake.
Even so, Toyota says that it plans to institute an aggressive production recovery period during September, one month ahead of schedule, to help satiate demand. Those efforts still might not be enough to put the Japanese automaker ahead of Volkswagen through the remainder of 2011, however. Analysts say that's due to the simple logistics of delivering vehicles from their production facilities to the dealerships that need them most.


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      Rick Diaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know how well thought out a title that includes "...thanks to quake" may be. Considering how many people lost their lives and the magnitude of human tragedy that it brought about. I'm sure someone on staff could have found a better way to put that together. My $.02
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick Diaz
        It wasn't all due to the quake, much of it was better product, but lets not give GM credit for anything.
      microtitan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get why you people like to stand up for the multi-million/billion-dollar companies. It's not like they're going to send you a car or offer you a job for siding with them against other people. Just the STFU and buy whatever you like.
      oreo cookies
      • 3 Years Ago
      God works in mysterious ways
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        rü$╫
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hope your prius pedal gets stuck!
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am a little surprised that sales of GM didn't surpass Toyota's by more giving how cripled Toyota has been by the earthquake. This will be short lived. Also these numbers are deceiving because GM includes sales of Wulling, a company it doesn't own 50% of.
      tarmacdaddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Natural disaster, not quality products is the only way GM can get ahead.
        debsully69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tarmacdaddy
        Propaganda and not supporting the country you live in,is the reason that foriegn cars sell well.
      yorkdevil7
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM is all junk!
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM was outselling toyota before the quake... and so was ford for a few months here and there..
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        [blocked]
        rmkensington
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        Thank you for posting this. Im tired of people acting like GM hasnt improved their cars recently.
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rmkensington
          The 2 down votes show how stupid the internet is.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        Toyota was ahead of GM before the quake. The numbers show it, Toyota has lost over 600,000 units of production, but GM + Wulling are only ahead by 400K units. In fact without Wulling GM is still trailing Toyota.
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          I like how you conveniently continue to leave out the fact that Toyota does indeed include Daihatsu and Hino...gg.
      Catalina Wine Mixer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will admit part of the reason GM is beating Toyota is because of the Quake. But is Bloomberg really trying to say it has nothing-to-do with GM making a far superior product to Toyota? Name one product that Toyota has that is BETTER than its GM counter-part. I work in the sales at a GM dealership and a few years ago I always used to hear "yeah we still have to look at the Toyota", and now, I honest to goodness NEVER hear that.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Catalina Wine Mixer
        I want GM to succeed (after all we as tax payers all have money in GM), but the opposite of what you say is true. Not a single GM vehicle is better than it's Toyota counterpart.
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          nsxrules: No, that's not right either. The Cruze is better than the Corolla, the Silverado is better than the Tundra, and I personally prefer the Malibu to the Camry, though they're pretty evenly matched and will be replaced next year anyway so that might change. The accurate statement is some GM products are better than Toyota products, and some Toyota products are better than GM products. And, at the end of the day, they both need to keep their products fresh and up to date, and not let ego get in the way of self improvement.
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Well, the Cruze IS superior to the current Corolla, but as Hazdaz so eloquently pointed out, that's the *current* Corolla. There is some level of truthiness to what Catalina said, but I'm more in line with what Hazdaz has mentioned. We have a long way to go as a company. Humility should be our first offering to the public. Being #1 means absolutely NOTHING right now...and quite honestly, I don't want it. We'll just keep striving toward designing, building and selling the world's best vehicles. Hopefully, we'll hit the mark on most of what we make (and we prefer to hit it on everything), and the side effect will be profit and market share. If we're somehow #1 along the way (and we retain it going forward), then well, whatever.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Catalina Wine Mixer
        Alright, the Avalon is significantly better than the Impala. There, it's perhaps an unfair comparison considering that the Impala was initially designed in the paleolithic era, but the Avalon is a better car in every way. The Yaris also was about a billion times better than the Aveo (as was walking), but both are getting a replacement this year (and are gone from my local GM and Toyota dealers) so that comparison is on hold. I don't even like the Tacoma, but it's better than the Colorado any day. There are GM products that are better than their Toyota counterparts - there's a good reason the Cruze is hitting high on the sales charts - but you laid down a challenge so I accepted it.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          [blocked]
        sysadm1n
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Catalina Wine Mixer
        The "better car" will always differ from one person to the next. But I don't blame you for promoting the products you sell.
      Brent Malesich
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry Toyota fans. Toyota barely squeaked out #1 in 2010 and it's been a foregone conclusion that GM would retake #1 this year for months. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/22/gm-will-likely-pass-toyot_n_852782.html
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brent Malesich
        I wouldn't calle it "squeaked out #1" when GM is adding roughly 1 million sales from a Company they don't own 50% of (Wulling). Maybe Toyota should add Subaru sales to their total.
          lne937s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          http://www.capetimes.co.za/gm-s-china-sales-down-1-8-1.1112956 http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/05/gm-china-idUSB9E7J200120110805?feedType=RSS GM claims it, but owns 34% of the joint venture http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-11/general-motors-increasing-stake-in-wuling-mini-vehicle-venture-in-china.html Interestingly, GM's sales growth has largely come from the US, while they actually lost sales and market share in China. If the US economy softens, that could mean a short-lived global sales lead.
          mikoprivat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          show me the wuling claim...until then STFup moron
      :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks to the replies before mine...... Quake my azzz . #1 or #2 makes no difference. GM has quality cars people want. Bottom Line!! Toyota has boring appliances for every blue hair on the road.
      Christopher Burns
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quake? That line again. "2016 Toyota sales down because of 2011 Quake"
        rü$╫
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Burns
        Did they forget about the "FLOOR MATS" Then calling out on the drivers faults.
      MonroeSS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota actually stands to benefit from reduced sales. Recalls are expensive! So the less they sell, the less they have to recall a year from now. All kidding aside, as much as i hate Toyota, I think its they who keep Detroit from getting complacent and start building garbage like they did a decade or so ago. Toyota existence is what gets us world class cars and trucks from Detroit 3.
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