Toyota overtakes General Motors first time in nearly a century to become the leader in US auto sales

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Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp outsold General Motors corp in the United States in 2021, breaking the dominance of General Motors in U.S auto sales in over 90 years.

This comes after meeting traces have been suffering from scarcity of the essential laptop chips in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, forcing automakers to give attention to their most worthwhile fashions.

Since 1931 when it surpassed Ford in auto sales, the American multinational automotive manufacturing firm, General Motors, had been the largest vendor of automobiles in the United States, in accordance to information from trade publication Automotive News.

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But 2021 got here with a shock. Toyota sold 2.332 million automobiles in the U.S, in contrast with 2.218 million for General Motors, the automakers introduced on Tuesday.

General Motors’ whole sales in 2020 was 2.55 million – a 13% discount in contrast to its 2021 sales. Toyota’s whole sales in 2020 was 2.11 million – a 10% enhance in 2021. Ford Motor generated 2.04 million in sales in 2020.

The final time General Motors had low sales was in 2010 when it had 2.202 million in whole sales. The  Detroit-based firm stated on Tuesday it expects U.S. financial development will enhance U.S. whole light-duty automobile trade sales in 2022.

Meanwhile, Toyota shouldn’t be boasting about over-taking GM in auto sales. Senior Vice President Jack Hollis stated the automaker is “grateful” for its loyal clients, however “being No. 1 is never a focus or priority.”

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A spokesperson for General Motors, Jim Cain stated the firm had a very robust sales 12 months in the U.S in full-size SUVs and pickup vehicles because it has targeted on profitability, and as the provide of semiconductors improves, so will sales.

“I wouldn’t rush out if I were (Toyota), and get a ‘We’re No. 1’ tattoo,” he stated.

General Motors beneath Chief Executive Mary Barra additionally has emphasised profitability over quantity, abandoning such money-losing markets as Europe and Russia.