Here's another sign of increasingly good times for Toyota.
With one quarter in the record books, Toyota Division has slipped past Chevrolet into second place in the battle of brands in the U.S. market. And the rejuvenated Japanese juggernaut is within shouting distance of first-place Ford.
For the past five years Toyota has run third behind Ford and Chevy in the sales race.
In 2008 and 2009 -- at the height of the recession -- Toyota was the U.S. brand leader. But the company's unintended-acceleration crisis in 2010 and Japan's earthquake and tsunami in 2011 knocked Toyota down to third for the next half-decade.
In the first quarter, Toyota outsold Chevy by about 10,000 units and trailed Ford by around 83,000 -- cutting about 35,000 units off the lead Ford held over Toyota in the first quarter of 2014.