GM 1Q global sales rise 2 pct. to 2.42M, enough to hold off fast-growing VW in global race


DETROIT – General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.

The Detroit automaker says its sales grew 2 per cent worldwide from January through March. The company was led by 13 per cent growth in China. But sales fell 2 per cent in North America.

Sales leader Toyota has yet to release first quarter numbers but says it’s on the way to selling 10.1 million vehicles this year.

Volkswagen says it sold 2.4 million vehicles in the first quarter, up almost 6 per cent.

Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98 million sales. General Motors Co. finished second and VW third.

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