Volkswagen surpassed Ford in the first half of 2008 as the world’s third-largest carmaker by vehicle sales, VW said Thursday.
“We are delighted that the Volkswagen Group has made it to the global automobile industry's top three for the first time,” Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said in a statement.
With 3.31 million vehicles delivered in the first half of the year, Volkswagen increased deliveries by 7.2 percent. Ford announced vehicle sales of 3.22 million for the period.
"This shows that we are on the right track with our ever-stronger international presence," the CEO said.
Toyota took the No. 1 spot during the period, and General Motors the second.