Global Car Sales by Manufacturer. The 2017 final count

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World Car Group Ranking at the end of 2017 led by Volkswagen with 10.37 million units ahead of Toyota and Renault-Nissan. American brands are the losers, while Japanese are winners. The best performance, however, was the Chinese Geely, up 35%.

While the Global ranking by Manufacturer released on January 8th 2018 was not final, as we need to fully aggregate several final year data, the ranking was done and not subject to changes. Indeed, as we now publish the FINAL DATA for the 2017, no news on ranking and just little updates on sales volume.

Albeit Carlos Ghost has affirmed publicly the leadership of his Group, for the third year in a row the global leader is the Volkswagen Group was on top with 10.37 million sales (+3.5%) ahead of Toyota Motor  with 10.17 million (+1.6%) and Renault-Nissan  with 10.07 million (+6.0%).

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 6.86 million units (+0.4% excluding Opel sales both for 2017 and 2016) and has been outpaced by the Hyundai Group, despite the heavy lost of 8.7%, selling 7.2 million. Hyundai Group was the worse performer among the Top 20 Manufacturers.

Stable in sixth place Ford Motor Company with 6.2 million sales (-1.6%) which is defining a new strategy after the sudden change of CEO, effective in the last summer.

Keep a long stable growth, Honda Motor Group was seventh with 5.3 million sales (+7.5%) ahead of FCA with 4.79 million (+0.3%).

Thanks to the acquisition of Opel, P.S.A. gained one spot advancing in 9th place with 4.1 million sales (-3.9%) followed by Suzuki with 3.1 million (+11.6%), Mercedes Daimler with 2.6 million (+7.6%) and BMW with 2.4 (+3.0%).

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 37.0% ranking 13rd with 1.9 million sales.

Please remember that data in the report do not include HCV and Bus sales but only cars and LCVs.

Data Source

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 2017Rank 2016GroupSales 2017Sales 2016Variation 2017Share 2017Share 2016
11Volkswagen Group10.377.47810.030.4403,5%11,0%10,9%
22Toyota M.C.10.176.36210.007.2071,7%10,8%10,9%
33Renault Nissan Alliance10.075.1859.504.7256,0%10,7%10,3%
55General Motors6.861.6016.834.3170,4%7,3%7,4%
66Ford M.C.6.243.8916.345.109-1,6%6,6%6,9%
77Honda M.C.5.323.5374.950.0687,5%5,7%5,4%
1111Mercedes Benz2.638.8262.452.0267,6%2,8%2,7%
1315Geely Group1.925.9551.406.11237,0%2,0%1,5%
1413SAIC Motor1.803.8771.722.7434,7%1,9%1,9%
1719Dongfeng Motor1.090.2151.052.6793,6%1,2%1,1%
1920Fuji Heavy Industries1.056.9291.011.5674,5%1,1%1,1%
2118Great Wall Motors1.006.3221.090.841-7,7%1,1%1,2%
2323Chery Automobile648.390689.401-5,9%0,7%0,7%
2431GAC Group510.048392.85629,8%0,5%0,4%
2524Jac Motors444.657598.094-25,7%0,5%0,6%