1) they didn't surpass Ford. They fudged the original numbers and later admitted they counted their sales numbers differently than Fords, and that Ford was in fact still #2 and led Toyota by 230,000 units or so. 2) Ford doesn't have the presence in Japan the way Toyota has in the U.S.A. Their automotive market is very tight and heavily japan centered. Not as free a market for imports as we have here in the u.s.a. They sell 2+ million cars in japan a year (while Ford has little if any presence there), and have a good market share here in the U.S. as well (thanks to our open market). Do the math and you'll see this works out to Toyota's advantage, and not Fords. This is pretty much the only reason why they're even threatening to occupy the number two slot. 3) they didn't outsell Ford on the world market, let alone Ford here in the U.S.A. Don't know where you're getting the whole "backyard" thing. They aren't even close to outselling Ford here in the states. Just thought i'd point that out.