GM Keeps Best-Selling Automaker Title for 2010


Scaling back from eight brands to four seems to be working for the reconstituted General Motors.

The company sold 2.2 million new cars, trucks and SUVs in 2010, keeping its title as the best-selling automaker in the U.S. Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC are the four remaining GM brands.

GM was followed by Ford, which saw tremendous gains in market share despite shedding a few brands of its own this past year, most recently Mercury.
Toyota was one of the few automakers that actually saw sales decline in 2010, which was in part due to the gigantic recall woes it faced. See how far it fell in the chart below.

By David Thomas | January 4, 2011 | Comments (12)
Tags: Best Sellers



Simple question in need of clarification.

Are those numbers worldwide sales?


it states "best-selling automaker in the U.S."

Look for Ford to lead the Auto Industry for the next 10 years. They had there house in order before the financial crisis when GM sunk like a rock. Going from bankrupt to profitable is not a real achievement.


"Going from bankrupt to profitable is not a real achievement."

Huh? How is that less of an achievement than Ford continuing to do what they're already doing? I'm not going to look for Ford or GM or anybody else to lead the auto industry in the next 10 years. There's enough competition that every company will have to fight to profit, and that's good for consumers.

Troy S.

Guess it would have been a good idea to downsize to 4 brands before going bankrupt.


Um, I'm looking at the chart to see how far Toyota fell, and it says it increased 0.3%. Am I missing something?


GM dumps a significant percentage of their "sales" onto fleets. If you backed out fleet "sales" GM would be in third place.


Out of all the brands on the list, Honda is the ONLY one that does not sell to the likes of Aviz, Hertz, etc. Fleet sales are still sales. Everytime I rent a car lately, it seems to be a Toyota...


Honda sells to fleets like all the other manufacturers do so GET A CLUE! It's the percentage of sales going to fleets is what's important. GM is easily #1 in that area as they dump more cars on fleets than anyone else.


Toyota would be #1 without fleet sales.


Toyota sells the most cars directly to consumers.

Well, Toyota sells a lot of cars because they are what most people can afford and its reliable. A GM silverado 4-door is not practical for most people, because it can get pretty pricy and after all, you are paying for a car that can tow tons, and car that is pretty convenient and good looking. It is all about what the consumer wants, there really shouldn't be any arguing.

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