Toyota is poised to become the world’s second-biggest vehicle manufacturer after dramatically closing the gap with Ford in 2002. According to Automotive News Europe’s latest Global Market Data Book, Toyota built 6,309,616 vehicles last year, up 7.9% from 5,848,094 units in 2001. Ford production declined 0.5% from 7,008,000 vehicles in 2001 to 6,973,000 last year.