It's not news that a foreign-badged nameplate is the best-selling car in the United States. The Toyota Camry has held that distinction for five of the past six years, and the Honda Accord was No. 1 in 2001.
But how would you feel about an import-badger as the best-selling car brand in this country?
It hasn't happened, but it could by year end.
Toyota is closing in on Ford Motor Co. for the top spot. In April, Ford cars outsold Toyota cars by 1,412 units.
For the first four months of this year, Ford's margin was 7,130 car sales.
Chevrolet? Forget it. Toyota passed Chevy a good while ago and was 39,183 ahead for the first four months of the year.
In fact, Chevy has its hands full warding off Honda for third place. Chevy topped Honda by only 6,567 sales in April and was just 9,735 ahead after four months.
The Ford-Toyota race is close, but Ford has a secret weapon - its dealer organization. Ford dealers are proud of their No. 1 ranking in sales, and they aim to hang onto it.
In 2002, Chevrolet led Ford in car-truck sales after two months. The edge was only 328 units, but Chevy was first. Some sales analysts wondered whether a real race was shaping up.