At least for now, General Motors has reclaimed the U.S. sales crown it held for nine decades before losing it to Toyota Motor North America last year. The fluid, unpredictable nature of the global microchip shortage and other supply chain disruptions continue to put all automakers on edge.
"It feels a little bit more like treading water," Jeff Schuster, president of global forecasting at LMC Automotive, told Automotive News. Production is "flowing in and flowing out as soon as it comes in, so we're not seeing any accumulation of inventory at this point."
GM outsold Toyota by more than 47,000 vehicles in the second quarter, according to the Automotive News Research & Data Center. GM delivered 578,507 vehicles, while Toyota sold 531,105.