Toyota and GM sales, Nissan's new NV van and Detroit Auto Show crowds

(The Associated Press)
Toyota, GM battle for tops in global sales
Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles globally in 2010, narrowly remaining the world's top automaker ahead of General Motors. GM sold 8.39 million vehicles, a dramatic 12 percent rebound from 7.48 million vehicles the year before. The company achieved double-digit jumps in five of its top 10 markets, including a 28.8 percent increase in China, where it sold 2.35 million vehicles, more than it sold in the U.S. Toyota's North American sales dropped 2 percent from 2009, but the company fared better in its home Japanese market, where incentives for green vehicles kept its Prius hybrid sales booming.
-- The Associated Press

Nissan's full-size van starts production
Nissan has entered the North American market for full-size commercial vans as production begins in Mississippi of the 2012 NV series. The boxy NV seeks to penetrate the light-vehicle market that has long been dominated by the Ford E-Series and the Chevrolet Express. In recent years, Daimler has carved out a slice of this market with the Sprinter, sold under both the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brand names. The rear-drive NV is scheduled to go on sale in the spring at a base price of $25,570.
-- New York Times News Service

(The Associated Press)
Detroit auto show continues growth streak
Organizers of January's North American International Auto Show say attendance by the public was up this year for the second consecutive year. Public attendance at the Detroit show was 735,370, up from 714,137 in 2010. That included 75,327 on Friday, which organizers say broke the previous record for a Friday of 74,900 from 1993.


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