According to an article by Martin Foster in the New York times.
“While sales declined in North America, they increased in Asia, especially in Indonesia and Thailand, and in other regions including South and Central America, Africa and Oceania.
In the nine months through December, less than half of Toyota sales came from its showrooms in North America.
Sales to North America slid to 44 percent from 57 percent a year earlier, while Asian sales rose to 25 percent from 15 percent.”
As a consumer it’s no surprise that GM is about to be bumped from the #1 spot. I am by no means a picky shopper but for me it’s basically at the point that when I’m car shopping I don’t even bother looking at North American cars anymore. My reason for this is simple...I want to own a car that isn’t going to break down and from experience and the experiences of people I know GM can’t seem to meet my single criteria.