It edged out Volkswagen Group and Toyota, although both those brands leapfrogged it if we're counting heavy truck sales.
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has beaten out Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Company for the 2018 passenger car sales crown, with a total of 10.76 million sales worldwide.

According to figures released by the various brands, the combination of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors accounted for 10.76 million passenger and light-commercial vehicles around the world, ahead of 10.6 million (up 0.9 per cent) for the Volkswagen Group and 10.39 million (up 1.0 per cent) for Toyota and Lexus.

Of that RNM Alliance figure, 5.65 million sales (down 2.8 per cent) are down to Nissan, 3.88 million (up 3.2 per cent) came from Renault, and 1.22 million (up 18 per cent) are down to Mitsubishi.

It was a tough end to the year for the Alliance, with Carlos Ghosn's sensational downfall dominating headlines around the world. It'll be interesting to see what sort of impact the scandal may have on the Alliance's figures in 2019.

China was dominant for the RNM Alliance, accounting for 1,920,541 sales ahead of the USA (1,611,952) and France (763,984). Australia featured in the 10 best markets for Mitsubishi, with 84,826 sales enough for fifth on its list.

If you were to add heavy truck sales to those figures, Volkswagen Group would leap to 10.83 million courtesy of Scania and MAN, and Toyota would rise to 10.59 million thanks to its Hino division.

Over at the Volkswagen Group, the VW brand was by far the strongest, accounting for 6,244,900 sales. That put it ahead of Audi (1,812,500) and Skoda (1,253,700).

Volumes dropped significantly from there, with Seat (517,600) and Porsche (265,300) rounding out the passenger cars. Volkswagen Commercial accounted for 499,700 sales.

Of the brands under Toyota's umbrella, the flagship Toyota badge saw its first sales decrease in three years at home, while Daihatsu and Hino both grew in Japan.

On the export front, Toyota saw its second straight year of growth, while Daihatsu exported a solitary vehicle. No, we're not making that up. Yes, we're following it up.