Volkswagen passes General Motors to become the second largest automaker globally image

The German automaker, poised to eventually become No. 1 and overtake Toyota, has announced that for the moment it moved from the third to the second position, overtaking GM in the global sales race.

Volkswagen AG announced it outsold rival US automaker General Motors and secured the second place in global sales among all automakers. Compared to GM’s 9.71 million sold units, VW said it sold 9.73 million cars and trucks in 2013.

Just to keep the record straight, we should note that some still say GM is the second-best selling automaker among light-duty vehicles as the Germans added to their tally the heavy-duty truck sales from its MAN SE and Scania AB units.

Just as a reminder, Toyota announced earlier this month it sold 9.98 million vehicles in 2013, which helped the Japanese automaker retain the title as the world’s largest automaker for a second straight year.

Back in the day, GM was the global ruling automaker from 1931 through 2007, with the Japanese company snatching the title for the 2008-10 years, while GM managed to regain the title in 2011 after Toyota production sank because of natural disasters in Asia.

Volkswagen openly said it strives to be the world’s largest automaker by 2018 and has aggressive plans to grow sales in the United States,where it’s going through some rough times, with sales falling 7 % in 2013.