German auto giant Volkswagen has announced record sales for 2019, at 10.97 million vehicles, as against 10.83 million vehicles in 2018, when the company overtook Toyota and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, although the French-Japanese alliance was slightly ahead when trucks are not included in the totals. Data from Toyota and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will be reported in the coming weeks, though Toyota’s recent estimate of 10.72 million vehicles sold last year will mean Volkswagen has the edge. Till 2008, General Motors held the title for over 70 years, before Toyota took over. The US auto giant is no longer a contender for the top position, having divested its European business and closing other money-losing operations. Following the 2015 scandal, when Volkswagen was discovered to have rigged cars to cheat on pollution emissions tests, the company has been focusing on electric cars as the global auto industry seeks to meet tougher limits on greenhouse gases.