VW Closes Sales Gap To Toyota And GM

Volkswagen moved closer to No.1 Toyota’s sales figures by over 1 million units in the first six months of 2009. Volkswagen was able to limit their decline from the previous year by 5.1 percent, as reported by Automotive News Data Center. Volkswagen fell behind Toyota by a margin of 463,805 vehicles sold in the first six months of the year, as opposed to being outsold by Toyota by 1.55 million vehicles during the same period last year. Volkswagen sales came in behind No.2 General Motors by 823,503 vehicles.

As far as global car sales go, Volkswagen came in third place during the first six months of 2009. Toyota, General Motors, and Volkswagen, the top three sellers in the first six months of 2009 all faced declining auto sales. Toyota experienced a decline of 26.0 percent with sales of 3,564,105, General Motors a decline of 21.8 percent with sales of 3,552,722, and Volkswagen experienced the least decline of the three with a decline of 5.1 percent with sales of 3,100,300. Having the least decline in sales enabled Volkswagen to move closer to rivals Toyota, and General Motors.

Rounding out the list of the top ten auto companies in global sales in the first six months of 2009 are:
No.4- Hyundia-Kia with sales of 2,153,000.
No.5-Ford Motor Company with sales of 2,145,000.
No.6-PSA Peugeot-Citroen with sales 1,586,900.
No.7-Honda Motor Company with sales of 1,586,000.
No.8-Nissan Motor Company with sales of 1,545,976.
No.9-Suzuki Motor Corporation with sales of 1,152,000.
No.10-Renault SA with sales of 1,106,989.

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