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AutoBlog: REPORT: VW takes over #1 carmaker slot, sings "Wir sind die Meister, mein Freund"

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It was a little more than a year ago when Volkswagen, because of Porsche's stock market finagling, briefly became the most valuable company in the world. This was just after it passed Ford for the number three slot in global sales. Now the big company that could -- powered by the little car that could -- has passed Toyota to take the number one slot as the world's largest automaker.

Of course there is, again, some number play involved. We're talking about the combined entity VW-Porsche, which has built 4.4 million cars to date, which is roughly 400,000 beyond Toyota's mark. However, Toyota halved its production earlier this year and shut down all its plants in February, and come summer, VW benefited much more than Toyota from the European cash-for-clunkers programs. VW's also got the edge on Toyota in China, where it has spent years introducing models for that market.

The year isn't over yet, and Toyota still expects to build seven million cars this year. But stay tuned for Q4 of 2010, when it's announced that VW is officially bigger than the Beatles. Hat tip to Jarrett.

[source: The Guardian]

REPORT: VW takes over #1 carmaker slot, sings "Wir sind die Meister, mein Freund" originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 10 Nov 2009 07:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Now if they could build an automatic tranny out of anything but balsa wood, we'd be all set.

But...GO VW!

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