Toyota May Top G.M. as Biggest Car Maker in 2006

Toyota announced in Japan today that it planned to produce 9.06 million cars worldwide in 2006.

Published: 27-Dec-2005

DETROIT, Dec. 20 - Toyota and General Motors will be in a neck-and-neck battle for the title of the world's biggest carmaker in 2006, a race that will pit the industry's strongest company against a struggling giant.

Toyota announced in Japan today that it planned to produce 9.06 million cars worldwide in 2006, a 10 percent increase for a company whose plants are now spread across every major continent.

General Motors has not forecast its production for next year; it had planned to build 9.1 million cars in 2005. However, G.M. has announced it will shut three plants in North America next year, part of a plant to close all or part of 12 plants through 2008.

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