General Motors says it sold 9.71 million cars and trucks last year. That’s up 4 percent from a year ago, but probably not enough to beat Toyota for the global sales crown.
GM light vehicle sales were led by growth in China and the United Kingdom. The sales were enough to beat third-place Volkswagen. VW sold 9.5 million light vehicles worldwide.
Toyota is scheduled to release its sales numbers next week. It sold roughly 9.7 million cars and trucks last year, so if it shows any increase it will be the top-selling company for the second year in a row.
GM was the top-selling carmaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.