A slight discrepancy of 128,000 cars

It seems that everyone who reported on Toyota surpassing GM this year for the first time in April got it wrong...and I mean everybody. But...

It seems that everyone who reported on Toyota surpassing GM this year for the first time in April got it wrong...and I mean everybody. But it wasn't our fault. According to an article by Automotive News, Toyota actually first outsold GM globally by about 128,000 cars in 2006, ahead of the April announcement of this year but nobody noticed because of a technicality.

It appears that in its final tally for 2006, GM included sales of a seven-seat microvan and other Wuling-brand vehicles built by a three-way venture with China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC) and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile even though GM owns less than half of the company, the journal said. The trade said it excludes cars sold at minority-held subsidiaries, bumping GM to second place.

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