The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance has claimed the global passenger vehicle sales crown for 2017 ahead of the Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Company.
According to figures released by the various companies, the French-Japanese alliance has successfully broken the two-way lockout of the sales charts in recent times.
Volkswagen Group came second with 10,521,500 cars and light commercial vehicles across its divisions – although adding MAN and Scania trucks boosts these numbers to 10,726,400.
Above: You could say Mitsubishi helped to "xpand" the alliance's figures.
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance
Breaking down Renault Nissan Mitsubishi's results, Nissan Motor Company accounted for almost 55 per cent of sales (5,816,278) in 2017, up 4.6 per cent.
Infiniti accounted for 246,492 vehicles in 2017, around seven per cent more than 2016. The Renault Group sold 3,761,634 cars through 2017, up 8.5 per cent.
Strong performance in China helped Mitsubishi Motors grow 10 per cent, for 1,030,454 sales. Interestingly, Mitsubishi's fourth largest market is Australia (80,674), behind China (129,160), the USA (103,685), and Japan (91,630) and just ahead of Indonesia (79,885).
As far as the entire alliance is concerned, the largest markets are China (1,719,815) and America (1,697,149) – both of which outsold the alliance's home markets of France (759,598) and Japan (689,650).
In terms of market share, the alliance is most dominant in Russia (36.1 per cent), France (29.8 per cent) and Mexico (27.0 per cent).
Every marque in the Volkswagen stable recorded a year-on-year increase. The VW brand sold 6,230,200 vehicles in 2017, up 4.2 per cent, while Audi posted the smallest increase (0.6 per cent) to 1,878,100.
Value marques Skoda (1,200,500) and Seat (468,400) grew by 6.6 and 14.6 per cent respectively. At the other end of the spectrum, Porsche's 246,400 sales were a 3.6 per cent improvement on 2016 numbers.
Volkswagen's commercial vehicle arm notched up 497,900 sales (up 4.2 per cent), while MAN and Scania saw volumes increase 11.6 per cent to 114,100 and 90,800 respectively.
The group's single largest market was China (4,184,200) by a huge margin, which saw an improvement of 5.1 per cent – pushing sales perilously close to sales for the entire European continent (4,328,500).
The company saw German sales slip 0.4 per cent to 1,286,500. The biggest percentage increase came in South America, where a prolonged economic slump has eased and sales grew 23.7 per cent to 521,600. Conditions have also seemingly improved in Russia, where sales were up 14.8 per cent to 191,700.
The Toyota brand posted a 1.7 per cent increase to 9,384,000 sales. Small car specialist Daihatsu was up 4.7 per cent to 817,000, while Hino was up 8.6 per cent to 185,000.
In its home market, Toyota was once again dominant with a 47.2 per cent share when kei cars are excluded, and a 31.2 per cent share when kei cars are factored in. Although the brand was up overall, Lexus sales dropped 12.5 per cent.
There was better news from wholly-owned Daihatsu, which saw its kei car sales increase 3.9 per cent to 603,000. That works out to a 32.7 per cent share of the market, and signals the company's first sales uptick in three years.
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