As GM sinks, who’s rising to take their place?

A diesel-powered roadster, VW's Bluesport concept could help them reach their goal

A diesel-powered roadster, VW's Bluesport concept could help them reach their goal

Volkswagen is one step away from world domination.

As we’ve mentioned here before, VW wants to be the world’s biggest automaker. A few years ago we all would have had a nice hearty laugh at such a notion, because GM was strong, invincible, and American. But then the wheels began falling off the ol’ GM bus, and Toyota overtook them in 2008 as the world’s biggest automaker.

Now GM (which some now call Government Motors) is poised to slip to number three, thanks to the determined and surging Germans. It could happen this year, as GM continues to reduce production by an expected 31 percent.

Looks like we’re witnessing a bit of a changing of the guard in the automotive world. I can just imagine sitting in my rocking chair when I’m 80 years old and telling stories of when a company called General Motors made more cars and trucks than any other company in the world. Who knows, if  they continue sliding like this, my grandkids may know GM only as a niche maker of heavy-duty pickup trucks. After all, to GM’s credit, those are what it seems to build best.

Is anyone out there bold enough to say GM will earn back their title of the world’s number one automaker?

-tgriffith

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