World Car Group Ranking updated at October 2017 reports Volkswagen again on top of the list, thanks to last month acceleration. The gap is still narrow over Toyota and Renault-Nissan and the year-end rush will determine the final result.
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 other two leaders.
During the first half, Renault Nissan was able to gain the leadership in the single month of June, but the half was led by Volkswagen Group around 50.000 units of advantage on Renault-Nissan and 180.000 on Toyota Motor. The Japanese was the best during the third quarter, but in OCtober Volkswagen smashed a great score, with over 100.000 gain over Toyota, consolidating the position before the year-end rush.
So, year to date October ranking reports Volkswagen Group on top with 8.62 million sales (+3.9%) ahead of Toyota Motor with 8.42 million sales (+2.5%) and Renault-Nissan with 8.25million(+7.4%).
Having finalized the sales of Opel/Vauxhall to P.S.A., General Motors Corporation (sales do not include the SAIC-Wuling-GM joint venture, reported separately) has lost the fourth place, selling 5.54 million units (+0.9%) and been outpaced by the Hyundai Group, losing 9.3% with 5.88 million vehicles with the worse performance among the Top 20 Manufacturers.
Stable in sixth place Ford Motor Company with 5.17 million sales (-1.5%) ahead of Honda Motor Group with 4.39 million sales (+8.4%), FCA with 4.08 million (+2.2%).
Thanks to the acquisition of Opel, P.S.A. gained one spot advancing in 9th place with 3.42 million sales (-3.7%) followed by Suzuki with 2.62 million (+11.4%), Mercedes Daimler with 2.23 million (+9.3%) and BMW with 2.0 (+3.2%).
Thanks to the outstanding sales level in the domestic market and the acquisition of control (49%) of Malaysian unprofitable Proton and UK luxury brand Lotus, the Chinese Geely boomed 44.4% ranking 13rd with 1.52 million sales.
Please remember that data in the report do not include HCV and Bus sales but only cars and LCVs.
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).
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|Rank 2017||Rank Oct||Group||Sales 2017||Sales Oct||Variation 2017||Variation Oct||Share 2017||Share Oct|
|3||3||Renault Nissan Alliance||8.252.584||799.424||7,4%||4,3%||10,7%||10,1%|
|17||20||Fuji Heavy Industries||895.016||88.677||7,7%||3,8%||1,2%||1,1%|
|21||19||Great Wall Motors||782.165||92.871||-3,2%||-12,6%||1,0%||1,2%|