After falling just short in 2013, Toyota says that this year it will become the first automaker to sell 10 million vehicles worldwide.
The Japanese juggernaut figures to hit 10.32 million vehicles of all types, which would be a 4 percent increase over the 9.98 million it sold in 2013.
Last year Toyota's total rose 2 percent to top the 9.71 million sold by No. 2 General Motors. Volkswagen is believed to have finished third in 2013; VW gave a rounded figure of 9.7 million, but won't give detailed results until March 13.
Toyota was thrown off pace in 2011 by the Japan earthquake-tsunami disaster that torpedoed production for much of the year. That year GM edged Toyota to reclaim the top spot. It had held the title for almost 80 years before Toyota muscled ahead in 2008.
Toyota led the world in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2012 it reclaimed the title from GM.