VW has overtaken Toyota to become the world’s best-selling automaker.
That fell short of the 10.31 million sales which VW reported last week.
The milestone comes despite Volkswagen’s scandal over emissions tests cheating, which sparked a global backlash and multiple lawsuits.
Volkswagen, which makes the Audi, Porsche and Skoda brands, saw a 3.8% increase in sales buoyed by demand in China.
Toyota’s sales grew by 0.2% – though it appears to have suffered from a slowdown in the US car industry.
GM reports its figures next week, but it is expected to lag both Toyota and VW.
General Motors was the world’s third-largest automaker in 2015. It held the number one title in 2011 after Toyota’s production was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in north-eastern Japan.