General Motors released its first quarter sales figures this week, reporting that it sold 2.36 million cars and trucks worldwide. That figure represents an increase of 3.6 percent when compared to the same period last year. GM's growth was attributed to many factors, including global Cadillac sales that were up 26 percent and Chevrolet posting a one percent increase over last year (this marked Chevy's tenth straight year of record global sales).

Volkswagen came in just behind GM, as the German automaker reported global sales from January through March at 2.27 million vehicles, an increase of five percent when compared to last year. While that number was strong, VW is cautioning that markets outside China and the US, such as those in Europe, are becoming a challenge as economies falter.

Yet to report sales is Toyota, current holder of the global world sales crown (the Japanese company sold 9.75 million cars last year, against 9.29 million sold by GM and 9.1 million vehicles sold by VW). Even though GM and Toyota both say they don't care who sells the most units, it is unquestionably a strong bragging point and sales equate to revenue. That said, Toyota will report its first quarter numbers next week.


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      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Europe is a basket case, and that is really hurting VW. They need to expand faster in the US and China to offset the shrinking Euro market.
      AlBongo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh so it seems more idiots are buying junk. Oh well, it means more quality cars for the rest of us.
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's a sucker born every minute.
      Pj Taintz
      • 2 Years Ago
      if toyota is going to act like usual they will say that 1/2 of GMs sales dont count for XX... toyota cant stand me not be in frint, eventhough they havent had a car that looks good in 20 years now
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pj Taintz
        Pj Malloy, GM counts sales of Wuling, a company they do not own a majority of (unless they upped their stake recently)
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      So bailing out GM was a good idea right? Good decision Obama.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go GM! USA! USA! USA!
      gop.hates.america
      • 2 Years Ago
      weren't unions going to ruin this company?
        Chris Barbieri
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        The unions, and all of the costs associated with them have been hurting the Big 3 for decades. As one who is originally from Michigan, I've seen the effects with all of the layoffs, strikes, and plants shutting down, and moving south, or to other countries. I'm pulling for GM, and the Big 3 as much as the next guy, but I have to call it like I see. The unions have royally screwed them over the years. With one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, there's a reason Michigan became a right to work state.
        bluemoonric
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        2 or 3 innings don't win a ball game and this one is far from over. I hope you are right.
      Gianfranco
      • 2 Years Ago
      Globaly??
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      On their own Merit, GM products are mostly best in class, safe for Current 2013 Silverado.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      With all the new product in the pipeline, GM will be no.1 for a long time. New Corvette, Impala, Silverado, GMC, CTS, the future for GM is bright.
        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        We could hope, but their recently revealed trucks did not receive favorable reviews versus their competitors. The Malibu is in for a last ditch effort to fix it, if they don't get it right it might be 2018 before they have the next one ready. Caddy is not the big volume leader for GM so its cars won't have that much impact as those trucks would have, Vette is even less of an impact and has polarized the community.
          riserburn99andre
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChrisH
          The engines for the new pickups will be the real sign. I really want to see how the 6 stacks up against Ford and Rams car V6s
          Camaroman101
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChrisH
          reviews? i dont think gm has sent any out yet
      Macvicar24
      • 2 Years Ago
      They did! Don't you remember the bailout.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes good for GM but they do count sales of one of a company they do not own 50%+ of (Wulling)
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Prove it, industry insider. Prove it.
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Too easy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAIC-GM-Wuling GM purchased a 34% stake in the company in 2002
          riserburn99andre
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Still counts, no one has ever stopped them or put an asterisk by the total, only mentioned that they own a MAJORITY share of the company
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