General Motors says it recaptured the global auto sales title in 2011. But Volkswagen wants a recount.
GM said it sold 9.03 million vehicles worldwide last year, an increase of 7.6 percent from 2010. The result puts it about 1 million units ahead of VW Group, which believes it should be No. 1.
The Wall Street Journal reported that VW feels it would be the top-seller last year if sales of all its affiliates were included. VW's figures don't include the sales from truckmakers MAN and Scania, which will be added in a few weeks, a VW spokesman told the newspaper. The truckmakers might add 200,000 vehicles to VW's sales total.
Rivals also argue that GM inflates its numbers by adding sales from its China partnership with Wuling Motors Co. Wuling sales, which totaled 1.29 million units last year, are excluded from GM's total by some analysts because GM holds a minority stake of 44 percent in the venture.
VW sold 8.16 million vehicles in 2011, an increase of 11 percent.
Toyota Motor Corp., which took the sales title from GM in 2008, hasn't reported full-year results; it estimates its 2011 volume will be down 6 percent to about 7.9 million units.