GM Is World's Top-Selling Automaker

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM EDT

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GM Is World's Top-Selling Automaker

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM EDT

According to the Detroit Free Press, General Motors led all automakers in global sales in 2011 at more than nine million vehicles sold.

The U.S. automaker totaled 9.03 million sales, according to the Free Press, outdistancing Volkswagen (8.16 million) and Toyota (estimated sales of 7.9 million). GM's sales represented an increase of 7.6 percent from 2010, according to the Free Press report.

Read the Detroit Free Pres story HERE.

New York Senator Charles E. Schumer issued a statement praising New York's GM workers. it reads:

“GM has put the American auto industry and its world-class workers in Western New York back where they belong: in first place. GM has a proud and rich heritage – and an even brighter future – in Western New York. Today’s news is a testament to the many hundreds of New Yorkers who work at GM’s Tonawanda, Rochester, and Lockport plants. It’s also proof positive that the President’s decision to rescue the auto-industry was just what the doctor ordered for our economy. These family-supporting jobs pump life into the local economy and are essential to our economic resurgence. It’s a proud day for the Empire State and the entire country to have GM once again on top in auto sales across the globe.”