Eric Tipan / Nissan | July 31, 2017 11:02
Renault-Nissan alliance beats Volkswagen to become no.1 in global sales in first half of 2017
Last month, Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn said, "We have been among the top three carmakers since January in sales volume, and we expect to be in the top spot by midyear". The chariman's words have come true as the automaker has moved to the top spot of the global sales race by the first half of the year.
The Alliance, composed of Renault-Nissan and newest member Mitsubishi, led the ranks of automakers in global vehicle sales after it posted a seven percent increase in unit sales and sell a total of 5,268,079 automobiles in the first half of 2017.
Renewed interest in Renault models like the Clio, Sandero, Megane, Captur and Duster highly contributed to the increase along with demand for Nissan models X-Trail/Rogue, Sentra/Sylphy, Qashqai and Altima/Teana.
Mitsubishi’s Outlander SUV remained strong globally while the Pajero continues to be well received in the ASEAN region.
Electric vehicles of the Alliance, the Nissan LEAF, Renault ZOE and the Mitsubishi i-Miev, reported cumulative sales of 481,151 units and dominated the European market.
“The Alliance has delivered record sales during the first semester of 2017 reaching 5,268,079 vehicles sold. We will continue to leverage our significant economies of scale and global market presence to deliver valuable synergies for our member companies this year, while maintaining a strong technology lineup and offering customers breakthrough electric models. Our enlarged Alliance is well placed to realize its full potential, not only in terms of unit volumes, but also by providing next-generation mobility services to customers around the world,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
From January 1 to June 30, 2017, Renault sold 1,879,288 million vehicles showing a 10.4 percent increase; Nissan moved 2,894,488 cars and trucks for a 5.6 percent increase; Mitsubishi saw a 2.4 percent increase delivering 494,303 units worldwide.