For the first time ever annual global auto sales have topped 80 million vehicles, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive.
The firm tallied year-end sales numbers from around the world and came up with a total of 82.84 million vehicles, a 4.2% increase compared to 2012.
The sales pace means 2.6 new vehicles were sold every second last year.
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Sales growth in China and the United States – the world's two largest auto markets – underlies the record surge in new cars and trucks.
China is expected to report 2013 sales of over 21 million when the country releases year-end sales figures next week.