The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013. (Agencies)
That figures covers all 12 of VW's brands, including truck makers MAN and Scania, a spokesman explained.
"These are the definitive of all our brands. They are comparable with our rivals, who also include heavy trucks," he said.
Toyota sold a total of 9.98 million vehicles last year and General Motors 9.71 million.
Volkswagen owns the Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Porsche, VW, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, VW Commercial Vehicles, Ducati, MAN and Scania.
Analysts believe that the group may achieve its long-term target of annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles ahead of its target date of 2018.
The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013.