World Car Group Ranking updated at May confirm that Renault-Nissan is reducing the gap from the two leaders (Toyota and Volkswagen) also thanks to the Mitsubishi acquisition. Geely Group is the fastest growing globally.
As we have announced, first in the World on January 6th, during the 2016 the Volkswagen Group has taken the leadership of the automotive global market, selling more light vehicles than Toyota Motor Company.
The battle for 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.
2017 data, updated at May, confirm the alignment between the contenders, with Toyota number one with 4.28 million vehicles sold (+3.4%) and Volkswagen back in second with 4.27 million, with the German Group ahead in the single month of May with a gap of 20.000 units.
However, this year a new subject is raising, as a third player is growing fast, faster than the two leaders, and must be considered. In fact, following years of fast grow, the Renault-Nissan Alliance benefit now from the acquisition of Mitsubishi consolidating the third place, not far from Volkswagen, having sold so far 4.19 million vehicles (+8.0%).
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.
In fourth place, General Motors Corporation (sales do not include the SAIC-Wuling-GM joint venture, reported separately) 3.141 million sales (+0.4%) after having overtaken the Hyundai Group, fifth with 2.89 million and losing heavy for the first time in the last decade (-12.0%)
Stable in sixth place Ford Motor Company with 2.60 million sales (-1.5%) ahead of Honda Motor Group with 2.15 million sales (+9.2%), FCA with 2.07 million (+1.3%), Suzuki with 1.30 million (+10.0%) and a struggling P.S.A. 10th with 1.29 million sales (-8.0%).
Thanks to the outstanding sales month in the domestic market, the Chinese Geely boomed 46% ranking 15th with 678.000 sales. In Addition, Geely has announced to have agreed the acquisition of control (49%) of Malaysian unprofitable Proton and UK luxury brand Lotus.
Please remember that data in the report do not include HCV and Bus sales but only cars and LCVs.
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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 May||Rank 2017||Brand||Sales May||Sales 2017||Var May||Var 2017||Share May||Share 2017|
|16||19||Fuji Heavy Industries||90.997||432.885||24,6%||8,4%||1,2%||1,1%|
|21||21||Great Wall Motors||69.030||405.476||19,9%||3,8%||0,9%||1,0%|