Biden in the wrong century again and about GM being “largest automobile maker in the world”

John Lott by John Lott on August 17th, 2012

I haven’t tried to keep track of Biden’s misstatements — they are simply too numerous.  But here is one he said today: “Once again General Motors is the largest automobile maker in the world.  Folks, where’s it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?”

Clearly, Vice President Biden is in the wrong century.  In addition, he didn’t get the other part of the statement right either.

Forbes ranked Japan’s Toyota Motor as the second biggest car maker in 25th spot overall, up from 55th in 2011. German maker Daimler (Mercedes-Benz parent company) rose six spots to claim 37th place ahead of US maker Ford, which jumped 10 spots to 44th. Japan’s Honda Motor took 59th position, and German company BMW slotted in 61st.

US poster boy General Motors came in seventh position among the car makers and 63rd overall (2011: 61). Nissan jumped by 181 spots to 85, while South Korean maker Hyundai was ranked 96th, up from 131 in 2011. . . .

Because of the earthquake in Japan last year, Toyota’s output was temporarily constrained, but even with that if you look at the sale of vehicles, GM isn’t the largest.

GM, which held the spot for almost eight decades before being dethroned by Toyota Motor Corp. -0.16% in 2008, on Thursday disclosed it sold a bit more than nine million cars and trucks worldwide last year, a 7.6% rise over 2010. That would put it ahead of VW, which recently reported global sales totaled 8.16 million vehicles last year.
But shortly after GM’s disclosure, Volkswagen argued it, in fact, was the top-seller last year if sales of its affiliates are included. Volkswagen’s figures don’t include the contributions of majority-ownership stakes in truck makers MAN SE and Scania AB, which will be added in a few weeks, a Volkswagen spokesman said. The truck makers might add 200,000 vehicles to VW’s sales total.
GM’s rivals also point out that the big U.S. auto maker’s numbers are boosted by ownership stakes in China’s SAIC Motor Corp. and Liuzhou Wuling Motors Co. While SAIC builds GM cars in China, Wuling’s 1.2 million vehicles last year are mostly cheap commercial vehicles used only in China. . . .

Here is another misstatement by Biden where he refers to Paul Ryan as “Governor Ryan.”

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