That figure includes the company's Daihatsu and Hino units. Toyota estimates that total worldwide production also will rise by 5%, to 9.95 million vehicles.
, Toyota also published expected results for all of 2007 and estimated worldwide sales of 9.36 million, up 6% from 2006.
The Japanese automaker is poised to overtake
as the world's largest. The rivals have been running neck-and-neck for global sales leadership over the past year, but Toyota's 2007 sales could make it No. 1 on an annual basis for the first time,
The Wall Street Journal
noted. GM has yet to release estimated global sales for the past year, the
Toyota shares ended Monday's session 15 cents lower at $107.25. GM shares lost 10 cents to close at $26.54.