Strong electric performance in Europe from Renault and Nissan, while new product is helping Mitsubishi's numbers.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has recorded growth across its three member brands in the first half of 2018, shifting a combined 5,538,530 vehicles to the end of June.
With more than 18,000 registered to June 30, 2018, the Leaf was the best-selling electric car in Europe for the first half of the year.
While we're talking electric vehicles, Renault owned 21.9 per cent of the European EV market during the first half of 2018, led by the Zoe and Kangoo ZE. Both those cars are confirmed for Australia, although their prices potentially put them beyond the reach of the average consumer.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, France was its top-selling market, followed by Russia and Turkey. Sales of the Clio, Captur and Scenic were all up on 2017 figures. Worldwide, the company moved 2.1 million cars.
Mitsubishi is comfortably the smallest operator of the three Alliance members, with 616,648 sales worldwide. The new Xpander, aimed at the south-east Asian market, and the Eclipse Cross both helped bolster sales. Indonesia, China and the USA represented the brand's top markets, with Australia slotting into fifth place.
“Our member companies continue to lift unit sales in multiple markets, reflecting our brands’ competitive and attractive offerings," said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
"This strong sales performance in the first half of 2018 shows we are on track with the forecast we set in our Alliance 2022 mid-term plan.”
Under the new six-year mid-term plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi wants to sell more than 14 million units annually by the end of 2022, up more than 30 per cent on the 10.6 million the companies managed in 2017. Convergence of platforms and powertrains will help drive the growth.