From 2017 to 2018, the Alliance comprised of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi, were at the top of the global auto sales charts. In fact, the three combined (along with their other subsidiaries) raked in 10.76 million sales in last year, making them the world's biggest automaker of 2018.

But now, the giant has slipped down to third. So who's in the lead now? That would be Volkswagen, according to the latest statistics. Toyota also jumped ahead of the Alliance to take second place.

2019 global auto sales so far: Volkswagen reclaims lead, Alliance slips to third image

For the first half of 2019, the Volkswagen Auto Group (VAG) sold approximately 5,365,300 vehicles from January to June. VAG consists of 12 brands, eight of which are passenger car marques. These are Volkswagen, Skoda, SEAT, Audi, Porsche, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Bentley. Other VAG brands include Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN Trucks and Buses, Scania, and motorcycle company Ducati. But despite retaking the lead, VAG posted less sales from 2018, reporting a 2.8 percent drop.

2019 global auto sales so far: Volkswagen reclaims lead, Alliance slips to third image

But whereas Volkswagen Auto Group experienced a slight drop, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) sales actually picked up by two percent. TMC has four brands under their wing, namely Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu, and commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino. For the first six months of the year, the company sold approximately 5,311,806 vehicles worldwide according to their data. In Japan alone, Toyota (and its subsidiaries) sold well over 1.2 million vehicles from January to June.

2019 global auto sales so far: Volkswagen reclaims lead, Alliance slips to third image

As for the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, they suffered a 5.9 percent drop in sales during the first half of the year, a hefty sum considering the Alliance has seven other brands and subsidiaries. These are Infiniti, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia and Lada.

But among the three main members, Nissan was hit the most with global sales down by a significant 7.9 percent. Renault suffered fewer losses but still went down by 6.7 percent. Only Mitsubishi experienced an upswing in sales, rising by 5.0 percent. All in all, the Alliance reports that they shifted approximately 5,210,000 vehicles for the first half of the year. That's 2.63 million from Nissan, 1.94 million from Renault, and 647,422 from Mitsubishi Motors.

For now, it's a tight race between Volkswagen and Toyota with less than 54,000 units in between them. With six months to go, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top by the end of the decade.