World Car Group Ranking updated at the end of August 2017 with Toyota Motor Group back on top of the World, helped by the Q3 favorable seasonality. The battle with Volkswagen Group an Renault-Nissan is not over, as the gap is really narrow.
As we have announced, first in the World on January 6th, during the 2016 the Volkswagen Group has taken the leadership of the light vehicles (so cars plus LCVs, not including HCVs and Bus) global market, selling more light vehicles than Toyota Motor Company.
The battle for the leadership between the two giants is in place since 5 years. In this period, for three times Toyota was leading and in two case the best was Volkswagen, always with a narrow gap among them. However, this year a third player arrived to contend the leadership. It is the Renault-Nissan Alliance benefitting from the acquisition of Mitsubishi and projected together with the two leaders but with a faster speed.
Let us to remember that in October 2016 Nissan Motor Co. completed its acquisition of a $2.3 billion stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp., clearing the way for Carlos Ghosn to take over as chairman of a scandal-plagued partner and embark on his bid to turn around. Nissan is actually the major shareholder in Mitsubishi, but former owners (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corp., and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) still control the 66% of shares.
The battle is very hard with just a narrow gap between the three. The first half ended with Volkswagen Group on top with around 50.000 units advantage over Renault-Nissan and 180.000 over Toyota Motor.
However, in Q3 the seasonality helps the Japanese, with low-level sales in Europe and high sales in South Asian and Pacific area and in fact looking at the year to date August ranking, Toyota Motor Group is jumped on top with 6.79 million sales (+2.7%) followed by Volkswagen Group with 6.70 million and Renault-Nissan with 6.65 million.
In fourth place, General Motors Corporation (sales do not include the SAIC-Wuling-GM joint venture, reported separately) 5.09 million sales (-0.3%) waiting for the effects of the Opel brand sales to Peugeot, that should be effective very soon.
Fifth was the Hyundai Group, losing 10.3% with 4.62 million vehicles with the worse performance among the Top 19 Manufacturers.
Stable in sixth place Ford Motor Company with 4.09 million sales (-3.0%) ahead of Honda Motor Group with 3.5 million sales (+9.9%), FCA with 3.27 million (+0.9%), Suzuki with 2.07 million (+12.1%) and in 10th place P.S.A. 10th with 2.06 million sales (-3.7%) .
Thanks to the outstanding sales level in the domestic market, the Chinese Geely boomed 45.6% ranking 14th with 1.085.000 sales. In addition, Geely has announced to have agreed the acquisition of control (49%) of Malaysian unprofitable Proton and UK luxury brand Lotus, than should be effective in October.
Please remember that data in the report do not include HCV and Bus sales but only cars and LCVs.
Wishing to see the full year 2016 ranking, see here
This report is done utilizing data extracted from our GAD (Global Auto Database) the wider Auto Sales Database actually existing in the World, with sales data by region/area/country broken down by type/size/body-style/brand/model from January 2010 to lats month. Data are collected by over 300 sources, including all the official providers (local Minister of Transportations or Associations of car Manufacturers).
|Rank 2017||Rank Aug||Group||Sales 2017||Sales Aug||Var 2017||Var Aug||Share 2017||Share Aug|
|17||16||Fuji Heavy Industries||710.698||96.632||8,6%||6,5%||1,2%||1,3%|
|20||20||Great Wall Motors||595.169||62.808||-1,1%||-15,7%||1,0%||0,9%|