In figures released overnight, Toyota Motor Corporation sold a total of 10.23 million vehicles throughout 2014, with 9.15 million cars attributed to Toyota (up two per cent). 915,000 vehicles were sold under the Daihatsu brand (up five per cent), while 168,000 Hino trucks (up four per cent) were delivered to customers. Lexus' figures weren't broken out and have, presumably, been rolled into Toyota's numbers.
Toyota is forecasting that its global sales in 2015 will slip by around one per cent to 10.21 million.
Coming in second place for 2014 was Volkswagen AG with total sales of 10.14 million vehicles. All of the group's major passenger car brands increased their sales. VW accounted for 6.12 million of that total, with Audi chipping in with a profitable 1.74 million vehicles (up 10.5 per cent). Czech marque Skoda sold 1.04 million cars (up 12.7 per cent), while Seat moved 390,500 units (up 10 per cent), and Porsche retailed 189,800 cars and SUVs (up 17.1 per cent).
The only decline came from Volkswagen's commercial vehicle operation (Volkswagen, Scania and MAN), which was down 5.4 per cent to 646,500 vehicles.
Both the Volkswagen Group and Toyota broke through the 10 million sales mark for the first time in a calendar year.
General Motors claimed the final podium place with a total of 9.92 million vehicles sold throughout 2014. Of that number, 4.79 million vehicles wore Chevrolet badges (down 1.4 per cent), while Opel and Vauxhall combined together had a tally of 1.09 million (up 2.8 per cent). Propelled by strong sales in China, Buick notched up 1.17 million units (up 22 per cent).
For a full round-up of all the Australian sales figures for 2014, check out our 2014 car sales: winners and losers feature.