We hope General Motors hasn't started planning that ticker-tape parade down Jefferson Avenue yet, as Volkswagen has apparently taken issue with the notion that GM might again be the world's largest automaker.

According to The Wall Street Journal, VW has said it will be adding some 200,000 units to its previously released sales total, contributions from some commercial truck manufacturers that are subsidiaries. Moreover, the WSJ has called into question GM's practice of counting the vehicles sold by two Chinese partners in which GM does not have a controlling interest. Liuzhou Wuling Motors sold 1.2 million vehicles in China last year, according to the report, which the Journal says some analysts don't count in tabulating their numbers. If those vehicles were excluded from GM's nine million vehicle sales total, it would drop behind VW.

Further controversy may cloud third place on the list, as the Nissan-Renault partnership may have passed Toyota in the rankings, according to the report. That is, if you accept the notion that Nissan and Renault are one company and that Renault's AvtoVAZ subsidiary should have its sales numbers count. Renault has a 25-percent state in the Russian company, notes the report.

Since there's little agreement about what rules should govern the accounting, until one of the top four really separates itself from the rest and pushes its total sales over 10 million vehicles, we will likely continue to see the annual global sales championship end in argument. VW, for what it's worth, seems hell-bent on becoming the undisputed largest car company, having repeatedly stated its intention to top 10 million sales.


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      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ladies, ladies, you're both pretty.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      seriously...who exactly cares?....are we witnessing inter.manufacturer Chest Bumping?....amazing how fragile egos are
      DrEvil
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, cut the crap. VW: Stop worrying about being the biggest and start worrying about being the best. Your are a nightmare to own. Another point, even if VW were to prevail for 2011, GM will just sail right by them in 2012. GM has lots of new yet to be released models in the pipeline.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I read the articel the headline is a stupid lie... Not VW take an issue about GM claims... the Wall Street Journal take an issiue about GM claims... VW simple added 200.000vehicles to their numbers.. VW 8.16million vehicles sold come only from VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW commercial vehicles... they do not include Scania, MAN which are completely controlled by VAG but are not listed in the 8.16million vehicles.
      Mike Pots
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is worrying about being the worlds biggest automaker? Look at what happened to the "Old GM" when they tried to maintain the worlds biggest.... Quantity over Quality.
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      LSFT
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      VW, just buy 25% of GM and you can take GMs numbers into yours... You'll always be the biggest!
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LSFT
        Yeah, and Ford can still count Aston Martin and Mazda since Ford still owns Minority stakes in those companies! While we are at it, since I own auto stocks. I AM THE LARGEST CAR MAKER ON THE PLANET! HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAA
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW, the Renault/Nissan Alliance posted 8.03 MM sales in 2011. They have been in negotiations to take a controlling interest in AvtoVAZ and should have a majority controlling stake this quarter. http://news.yahoo.com/nissan-2011-global-sales-hit-record-4-6-193652563.html
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        Tim Tav
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        Someone didn't read GM's earnings release...
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        jmauld
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        VW has been subsidized by German taxpayers for decades. GM has been successfully competing against VW without subsidies during that time. Even the US taxpayers got sacked by VW for subsidies so they would build a plant in Tennessee. Please do a little research before making false statements.
          jmauld
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          @jmauld
          Good to see that you admit that your original statement is false.
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      Mchicha
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      VW is run by a bunch of whiners.
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