Toyota-Zilla Releases 2007 Global Sales Projection, Lays Waste To GM

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And just like that — a century of US sales dominance in the automotive industry will end. Not with the sound of a revving engine or squealing tires, but that of a report whirring out of a laser printer made in China.The number one super-best awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun issued 2007 global sales projections last night that'll more than likely mean they'll be the number one super-best awesome automaker in the whole world. ToMoCo's projecting an increase from this year's 8.8 million vehicles sold worldwide to a better-than-the-rest 9.34 million. Although the General's not providing a forecast at this time, its 2006 number pegged sales at 9.2 million and with plants being shuttered, one would expect them to not even reach that high come 2007. But GM should look on the bright side — now they get to be the plucky up-start — and we all know how much America loves the underdog. Well, right up until they kick him.

Toyota's Sales Projections Show It Surpassing G.M. [NYT]

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We're #3! We're #3! Ford Expects To Surrender #2 Spot To Toyota In 2007 [internal]

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Do you mean US autos made in the US, or US autos made in Canada? Or do you mean US autos made in Mexico? Or do you mean US autos that are rebadged German autos? Or US autos that are rebadged Korean autos?

Or do you mean Japanese automakers with cars built in Japan, or Japanese automakers with cars built in Ohio or California or Tennessee or Texas or Indiana? Or Japanese automakers with cars built in Canada but then imported into the US? Or Japanese autos built in partnership with US automakers in the US?

Oh, it's all so confusing.

When I read somebody talk about "US vs Japan" it always sounds like code words longing for the days of 2 year old Detroit rustbuckets, protectionism, and UAW goons smashing windshields of Honda owners. In other words, it's a bunch of Nationalistic twaddle. Get over it.