Renault-Nissan Alliance Claims Itself As World’s Biggest Automaker

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Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn’s claim has created confusion as Volkswagen AG retailed 10.7 million vehicles in 2017

Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn has claimed that the alliance was biggest automaker in terms of sales figure in 2017. This has created confusion as Volkswagen AG retailed 10.7 million vehicles in 2017, while Renault-Nissan Alliance sold 10.6 million units, clearly 0.1 million less than the German automobile group.

As Mr. Ghosn has said, the Renault-Nissan Alliance sold more than 10.6 million light private and commercial vehicles in 2017. Fact wise, Volkswagen AG sold 10.74 vehicles across the world in 2017, including 200,000 heavy trucks. Now, Carlos Ghosn also said that the alliance doesn’t add the heavy commercial vehicle statistics in its retail figure. Now, if we subtract the 200,000 units from Volkswagen 10.74 million retail figure, Renault-Nissan alliance comes out as the world’s biggest automaker.

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Interestingly, Renault-Nissan Alliance has been experiencing good fortune for last couple of years. Back in 2016, the automobile group became world’s third biggest automaker. It was positioned behind Volkswagen and Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is yet to reveal the 2017 sales result, but it revealed last month that the total retail figure could reach around 10.35 million units across the world. In that case, Toyota is probably at the third spot in the list.

On the other Volkswagen has seen its sales increasing by 4.3% in 2017 compared to 2016. Launch of the new models have certainly helped the brand. Meanwhile, Renault and Nissan too have seen their sales increased significantly thanks to the crop of new cars. Mitsubishi’s arrival in the alliance has helped the group.

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Interestingly, emerging markets like India have helped Renault-Nissan Alliance to post an impressive sales result. Despite the lately laggard sales performance, Renault has been receiving good response with its Kwid hatchback and Duster SUV as well.

In coming years, both Renault and Nissan are expected to see increased sales performance in India as both the auto majors are planning to launch several new models here.