VW Overtakes Ford

August 28, 2008
2007 Volkswagen GTI 4dr HB Manual exterior front left

2007 Volkswagen GTI 4dr HB Manual exterior front left

Volkswagen says it's passed Ford Motor Company to become the world's third-largest automaker.

The Volkswagen Group--which includes Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Bentley--delivered 3.31 million vehicles in the first half of 2008. VW says Ford's reported first-half sales of 3.22 million vehicles worldwide, putting the German automaker ahead of the American company.

"This shows that we are on the right track with our ever-stronger international presence and, above all, our product program," said VW chairman Martin Winterkorn.

General Motors and Toyota are locked in a battle to determine which will be the world's largest automaker in 2008. GM is still in the process of cutting production and closing factories in North America--but the economic stall in the U.S. has also led Toyota to announce production cuts.

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