Toyota said Tuesday that first-quarter sales rose 9% from a year ago to 2.35 million vehicles. That's above GM's first-quarter sales of 2.26 million, up 3%.
The news comes as Toyota expands its operations in the U.S. and elsewhere and its Detroit-based rivals contract amid high labor costs and unpopular models. GM and
have been struggling to restructure, and
recently put its Chrysler unit up for sale. On Monday, GM said it believed the collapse of the market for home loans to buyers with poor credit histories was weighing on sales this month.