Here's something you probably didn't know: General Motors has been the best-selling vehicle manufacturer in the US for full-year sales since 1931. Just think about that for a second. Now think about how salty the folks in Detroit are that
just broke that 90-year winning streak.
That's right, Toyota finally dethroned the General, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters. Toyota's success came during a year marked by supply chain nightmares and semiconductor shortages that left companies like GM scrambling to build enough vehicles.
GM expects to shore up its sales in 2022 based on anticipated US economic growth. Given the effect that the omicron variant of COVID-19 is having on everything else, that seems maybe a little optimistic, but time's gonna tell.
Toyota, for its part, isn't exactly waving flags, blasting air horns or shooting off Roman candles in celebration of its victory. Instead, Toyota representatives are taking the modesty route; a representative said in an emailed statement, "Toyota is grateful to our loyal customers for putting their safety and trust in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Being No. 1 is never a focus or priority. The company's focus has always been -- and will continue to be -- on being the best brand in terms of safety and quality in customers' minds."
We also asked GM for comment but didn't hear back in time for publication.