• General Motors Co. widened its lead over Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in what started out this year as a wide-open race for America's best-selling automaker.
In May, GM sold 223,410 light vehicles, well ahead of Ford's 196,671 and Toyota's 162,813.
For decades the unchallenged U.S. sales leader, GM's fortunes had been declining for years even before its 2009 bankruptcy. Between 2008 and 2009, GM's volume lead over Toyota shrank to 300,000 units from more than 700,000. In the same period, a resurgent Ford trimmed the margins both automakers had on it, finishing 2009 less than 100,000 units behind Toyota and less than 400,000 behind GM.
Ford outsold GM in February for the first time in almost two decades; it also has recaptured second place from Toyota so far this year. In March, all three sold within a few thousand units of one another, although GM reclaimed its monthly sales crown.
After stronger April and May results, GM has a significant year-to-date lead over No. 2 Ford, 882,885 to 805,662. Battling to regain momentum after its safety recall flap, Toyota is in the No. 3 spot with 705,938 sales.