Detroit-based GM said earlier this month that its global sales for January through September totaled 7.25 million vehicles, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier.
Toyota's vehicle sales for the first three quarters inched up 0.1 percent.
Germany's Volkswagen AG sold just over 7 million vehicles worldwide during the nine months, making it a close third. Volkswagen's global sales increased almost 5 percent during that period from last year.
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