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Volkswagen overtakes General Motors as world's number 2 car maker

Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, last year sales figures showed on Friday.

FRANKFURT: Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, last year sales figures showed on Friday.

The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013.

That figures covers all 12 of VW's brands, including truck makers MAN and Scania, a spokesman explained.

"These are the definitive of all our brands. They are comparable with our rivals, who also include heavy trucks," he said.

Toyota sold a total 9.98 million vehicles last year and General Motors a total 9.71 million.

Volkswagen owns the Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Porsche, VW, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, VW Commercial Vehicles, Ducati, MAN and Scania.

Analysts believe the group may achieve its long-term target of annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles ahead of its target date of 2018.

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