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Toyota's tenuous hold on U.S. throne clouded by EV race

Japanese carmaker can't rest on laurels as all-electric future looms

SUVs being assembled at a Toyota plant in the U.S. state of Kentucky.

NAGOYA, Japan/NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor's long-awaited triumph in the U.S. auto market is already threatened by American automakers' ambitious shift toward electric vehicles.

Toyota bested General Motors in vehicle sales there in 2021, ending GM's nine-decade run at the top. But this is credited mainly to Toyota having been in a better position to weather the global computer chip shortage.

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