Technicality makes Toyota world's largest
June 22, 2007, 1pm. Oops, turns out Toyota's unseating of General Motors as the world's biggest carmaker came last year instead of later this year, says Automotive News, whose data centre publishes rankings of the world's vehicle manufacturers.
It says Toyota topped GM by about 128,000 units in 2006, based on a technicality that excludes sales of vehicles at minority-held subsidiaries.
"A little-known Chinese microvan, the Wuling (pictured), played a role in Toyota's victory," the magazine said.
Partly owned by GM, its sales were originally included in the American company’s totals.