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Toyota Retakes Global Auto Sales Crown From GM

11:58 AM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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TOM KRISHER
AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota has dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker.

The Japanese company says it sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide last year, although it's still counting. GM says it sold 9.29 million.

GM retook the crown in 2011 when Toyota's factories were slowed by an earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The disaster left Toyota dealers with few cars to sell. The company has since recovered.

GM is also contending with a stronger Volkswagen. It narrowly edged out the fast-growing German company for second place last year. VW says it sold a record 9.1 million vehicles.

GM was the top-selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.

 The Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 pickup are the North American Car and Truck of the Year winners.

The winners were unveiled Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Car finalists were the Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord. Truck and utility vehicle finalists were the Ford C-Max, Mazda CX-5, along with the Ram.

Forty-nine automotive journalists voted on the winning vehicles from the selected list of finalists.

A vehicle must be all new or substantially changed to be eligible.

This is the 20th year for the awards. Organizers accept no advertising, though carmakers try to capitalize on the marketing value of the honors.

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