General Motors reclaims top spot in U.S. auto sales over rival Toyota

Production at many automakers had been slowed by inventory constraints.

Being able to better meet the strong demand for cars and trucks, General Motors (GM) reclaimed the top spot in U.S. auto sales from rival Toyota Motor Crop. 

GM shares increased 2.7% to $34.75. Following a 2.5% increase in sales to 2,274,088 vehicles in 2022, the business outsold Toyota’s 2,108,458 units. Production at many automakers had been slowed by inventory constraints brought on by rising material costs and a continuing chip shortage. Which keeps car and truck prices elevated. 

1.26 million new vehicles were sold in the United States in December, for a 13.31 million yearly sales rate. Analysts worry that price increases implemented by automakers to combat inflationary pressures and rising interest rates will have a negative impact on the selling of new vehicles in 2023.

According to David Christ, a Toyota executive, “affordability is a very real issue.” The company anticipates strong demand to continue after this year. Both automakers will have to start offering incentives to customers,  a trend that was paused during the pandemic. 

However, according to Toyota executives, there are some promising developments and the rate of inventory buildup is slow but steady. According to Toyota’s senior vice president of operations, Andrew Gillel, “we’re hopeful that our inventory levels will continue to increase in the first quarter of the remainder of the year.” 

However, other manufacturers, including Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, and Kia also reported a trade drop in sales.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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