Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales, beats VW, GM

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, visitors inspect cars on display at a Toyota gallery in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, but is pessimistic about this year. The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General Motors to take that auto industry crown for the third year straight. Toyota was less upbeat about the future, expecting to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, at 10.15 million vehicles, down 1 percent year-on-year, according to numbers released Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, visitors inspect cars on display at a Toyota gallery in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, but is pessimistic about this year. The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General Motors to take that auto industry crown for the third year straight. Toyota was less upbeat about the future, expecting to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, at 10.15 million vehicles, down 1 percent year-on-year, according to numbers released Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

TOKYO (AP) – Toyota stayed top in global sales at 10.23 million vehicles in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight.

But in the numbers released Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp. was less upbeat about the future. The Japanese automaker says it expects to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, at 10.15 million vehicles, down 1 percent year-on-year.

Volkswagen AG of Germany has said it sold 10.14 million vehicles in 2014. Detroit-based General Motors Co. was third at 9.92 million vehicles, a company record. GM gave its tally earlier this month.

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