No automaker has ever sold 10 million vehicles in one year. But now three -- Toyota, Volkswagen and General Motors -- are closing in on that milestone. With half a year to go, it looks like a photo finish.
Toyota sold 9.75 million last year and has the most momentum of the three. Toyota's sales rose 23 percent last year. Its official global target for 2013: 9.96 million.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn's official goal is to sell 10 million by 2018. But the company is ahead of schedule, and has a good chance of reaching 10 million this year as demand booms in China.
Meanwhile, GM is counting on new and redesigned vehicles to revitalize sales, which have been slowed by aging lineups in North America and Latin America, plus Opel's struggles in Europe. Its global 2012 sales rose 3 percent to 9.29 million.