A top executive at Volkswagen Auto Group, Mr Francisco Garcia Sanz, has said he expects global car markets to stagnate next year and has called on all staff to help the manufacturer, currently the world's third-largest, to catch up on leaders GM and Toyota.
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"In our current planning for 2010, we are assuming a similar sales volume level for the overall passenger-car market as in 2009," said Mr Garcia Sanz. "Worldwide we are still number three by unit sales but have really closed the gap with the leaders. That should spur us on to shift up a gear, especially in the current situation."

Group sales at Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car manufacturer, trailed Toyota and GM by less than 500,000 cars in the first half of the year.