Most auto industry watchers know General Motors is the world's No. 1 producer of vehicles. And that Ford Motor Co. is No. 2.
But who's third? Where does Volvo rank? Who gained last year, and who lost?
The 1998 Automotive News Market Data Book will have the answers.
For the first time, the annual information source will rank the world's producers of passenger cars, light trucks and medium-and heavy-duty trucks. They range from No. 1 GM, which produced 8.2 million vehicles last year, to No. 39 Rolls-Royce, which made 1,816.
The Market Data Book will be published May 27. It is included in Automotive News subscriptions. It also can be purchased separately, for $19.95. For subscriptions or single-copy sales, call (800) 678-9595.
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As for the questions posed above:
Toyota Motor Corp. is No. 3 on the list, about 600,000 vehicles ahead of a charging Volkswagen AG.
AB Volvo is No. 23, with 457,400 vehicles produced last year. Volvo ranks just behind Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (the maker of Subarus) and just ahead of India's Maruti Udyog Ltd.
Thirty-one vehicle makers increased production last year; eight declined. Those that fell were Chrysler Corp., France's PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, India's TELCO, Ukraine's AutoZaz, Japan's Hino Motors Ltd. and South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motor Co. and Asia Motors Co.