GM had a solid year in 2007, with sales growing all over the world (except in the US), but it is now the world's second-largest automaker.
GM had included 516,435 vehicles of the Wuling brand in China as part of its total, despite owning a minority share in the operation.
The industry practise is to only include sales of majority-owned subsidiaries, which meant GM slipped well behind Toyota with 8,885,599 sales in 2007, while the Big T managed an estimated 9,370,000. Official figures from Toyota will be released in a few weeks.
Other manufacturers such as Ford, are also not allowed to count sales of minority owned subsidiaries such as Mazda (Ford owns 33.4 percent of Mazda).