Volkswagen edges out GM in 1Q global sales to take No. 2 spot; Toyota numbers come later

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DETROIT — Volkswagen Group edged out General Motors again to take at least second place in the race to be the world's top-selling automaker.

The German automaker said it sold 2.49 million Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and other brand vehicles from January through March. That was up 1.8 percent from a year ago.

GM said it sold 2.42 million Chevrolet, Opel, Buick, Cadillac, GMC and other branded vehicles, up 1.9 percent from a year ago.

Toyota says it will report first-quarter global sales next week. The Japanese company has been the world's top-selling automaker for the past three years.

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