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    Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker

    Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world's best-selling carmaker, the first time the German company has held the position.

    Japan's Toyota, which had topped sales for the past four years, sold 10.175 million vehicles globally in 2016.

    That fell short of the 10.31 million sales which VW reported last week.

    The milestone comes despite VW's scandal over emissions tests cheating, which sparked a global backlash and multiple lawsuits.

    A spokesman for VW said: "2016 was a very challenging year for us."

    The company "made strides in resolving and overcoming the diesel crisis" and initiated fundamental change in the company's long-term strategy, he said.

    "Nonetheless, we managed to stabilise operating business in difficult conditions: the fact that we handed over more than 10 million vehicles to customers last year bolsters the group and its brands as we head for the future," he added.

    Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker - BBC News

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    ^Proudly poluting the planet, one petrol sucking motor vehicle at a time...:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl
    one petrol sucking motor vehicle at a time..
    you are just the man to invent a urine powered car

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    ^^ and of course GM and Ford trucks don't do that?

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    Maybe just "Alternate Facts"?

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    Biggest carmaker in the world and they are totally dependent on the British market for their livelihoods ..............well, that's the story from Bumbumboy and his Brexshitter mateys.

    Har, har.

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    Luckily for us the other British know it all Jeremy Clarkson did explain a few years ago that VW is indeed the worlds biggest car manufacturer by producing Skoda,Porsche and other cars like Audi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Biggest carmaker in the world and they are totally dependent on the British market for their livelihoods ..............well, that's the story from Bumbumboy and his Brexshitter mateys.

    Har, har.

    There's a lot of Volkswagens in China, which is one of the World's largest car markets.

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    No, no, no, Bob, you've got it all wrong. Britain is the biggest market in the world for everything Yerpean made. All the Brexshitters say so, so it must be true.

    Har, har.

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    They seemed to have got over this?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    There's a lot of Volkswagens in China, which is one of the World's largest car markets.
    Also quite a few in Brazil and the rest of South America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    No, no, no, Bob, you've got it all wrong. Britain is the biggest market in the world for everything Yerpean made. All the Brexshitters say so, so it must be true.

    Har, har.
    Do put a sock in it. You have made your point. You have milked it dry.

    Now you are just being silly, like all the sausage jokers 2years after the event. Its time to put it to bed.


    P.S. Give me a Toyota over a technology laden unreliable expensive to maintain kraut car anytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    ^^ and of course GM and Ford trucks don't do that?
    That really isn't the point.

    The point being how we take for granted that the headlong rush to build more, better and convenient motorcars is great.

    Instead of blindly and obediently accepting willfull destruction of the planet for or convenience as being good, we should be learning how to ask some of the tough questions facing humanity as a whole.

    Human culture needs a complete overhaul, towards an earth/environment centric perspective.

    Something we were not taught in schools 50 years ago.

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    Good for them...I wouldn't have thought they'd "beat" Toyota...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl
    Instead of blindly and obediently accepting
    Blindly accepting some antiquated EPA smog test I think is more to the point.

    I understand we can't all have a job and a 5 bedroom house and a truck and ski boat and Skidoo for the winter and and and...

    VW were targetted because they were foreign but that is the American way and looks to get worse now the clown prince is in charge.

    But America can do it. Why because there is no recourse as US cars aren't good enough to sell anywhere else so other goverments can't reciprocate. Don' agree just tell be the last time you saw a US build or designed car anywhere else. Yes a few Buicks in China but not in volume.

    Bottom line there are too may humans on the planet. Eventually nature will sort it out. One way or another.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post

    Bottom line there are too may humans on the planet. Eventually nature will sort it out. One way or another.
    Not too many people necessarily, more like too many people have subscribed to the "American Dream" hogwash.

    The future requires a more responsible attitude towards the use of petrol, and petroleum products.

    Education would be relatively simple if the media wasn't owned by the big corporations and petro dollar banking cartels.

    Until then all we can do is shun the bullshit media as much as possible.

    It is already happening, the social media revolution is making it possible.

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    Remarkable considering the damage done to their brand. Didn't last long, did it?

    Mind you they are basically replacing or repairing everyone's motor and giving them $7500+, so I would imagine VW owners aren't too pissed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    No, no, no, Bob, you've got it all wrong. Britain is the biggest market in the world for everything Yerpean made. All the Brexshitters say so, so it must be true.

    Har, har.
    Do put a sock in it. You have made your point. You have milked it dry.

    Now you are just being silly, like all the sausage jokers 2years after the event. Its time to put it to bed.


    P.S. Give me a Toyota over a technology laden unreliable expensive to maintain kraut car anytime.
    Just getting into my stride, old boy. Anyway, my comment was well judged and adroitly made.
    Toyota's lengthening supply chain exceeded their quality control function in their bid to be the world's largest maker which has spawned numerous recalls and debacles.

    I stick with Honda or Subaru if the weapon of choice remains reliability.

    I once had a Jazz which simply never, ever, went wrong in any way, whatsoever.

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    ^ Whats the difference between owning a Jazz or stemming the rose of a two dollar whore?


    You wouldn't be seen dead climbing out of a Jazz....

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    Hahaha

    But seriously, VW is no.1 in China. GM questionably number 2 with the Buick range. In some of the cities the air comes out of the exhaust much cleaner than it goes in.

    VW is selling 3 million + cars here annually through their 2 mins plants in Changchun and Shanghai. GM about half that.

    Downside long term is that they are Joint Venture companies, so are busy building their future competitors.

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    ^

    There is a plant next door producing the same but with a different badge.

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