CROWN RETAINED: Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013.
SALES GROWTH: Toyota said Thursday it sold a record 9.98 million vehicles worldwide last year, up 2 percent from the previous year.
MILESTONE EYED: The Japanese automaker has made an impressive comeback from an earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in 2011. It set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year. No automaker has ever topped annual worldwide sales of 10 million.