Toyota has, for the third year in a row, maintained its top spot as the leading car manufacturer by selling a total of 10.23 million vehicles in 2014. A growth of 3%, which includes figures from Toyota’s Hino and Daihatsu divisions, sees the Japanese firm break the 10 million-unit barrier for the first time.

Trailing closely behind is the Volkswagen Group, with a total of 10.14 million vehicles sold, including figures from its two heavy-vehicle divisions. An increase of 4.2% also sees the Wolfsburg-based automaker sail past the 10 million-unit ceiling.

Standing on the final step on the podium is General Motors (GM). With only a 2.1% increase in sales quoted, GM wasn’t close enough to hit the milestone with 9.92 million vehicles delivered. For those who are unaware, GM held the sales crown for close to eight decades before Toyota snatched it away in 2008. GM recovered the title for a year in 2011.

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With that said, analysts have forecasted that 2015 could be Volkswagen’s year as Toyota has implemented a freeze that will see the firm hold back on establishing new production plants. On the other hand, the Volkswagen Group has stated its intentions to raise its annual production capacity in China to four million units by 2018.

Toyota has projected a 1% decline in sales figures for 2015, to 10.15 million vehicles. “Their (Toyota) focus is not No. 1. Toyota is more concerned about keeping profitability than chasing numbers. So for coming years, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Toyota selling fewer cars than VW,” said a Tokyo-based analyst.