Renault Nissan Alliance finally tops the World’s ranking

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World Car Group Ranking in Q1 2018 with a new leader, Renault-Nissan alliance, for which we can certify the already announced achievement of Global leadership, both for February and March, while VW Group still top the YtD figures.

Global light vehicles market year to date March 2018 was reported up 2.9% with 24.08 million sales and is projected to hit the milestone of 100 million units in the next year, with 2018 full year sales expected at 98 million.

As far as concern the sales aggregated by Manufacturers Group, the battle for leadership is still quite interesting involving three groups, which aggregate sales of 21 brands and representing near one-third of global vehicles sales.

On top of the list, year to date 2018 as in the previous two years, there is the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche) with 2.73 million sales (+5.3%).

In second place, thanks to the strong February and March (when it was on top) performance, the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Dacia, Lada, Infiniti, Datsun, Renault Samsung, CMC, ZNA) with 2.70 million sales (+5.1%). Usually March is favorable to Volkswagen Group and the fact Renault was able to take the leadership in this month (the second in a row) clearly show as time are mature for a sensational change on top of the ranking, which will be probably certified by April figures.

In third place the Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Scion) with 2.62 million sales (+2.1%), with the slower pace among the three contenders.

In fourth place the Korean Hyundai Group (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis) in recovery after the awful 2017, with 1.760.000 sales (+3.0%), with a strong March (+5.6%), the best increase in 28 months. The new luxury brand, Genesis, is fast growing with year to date sales at 22.110 (+150%).

In fifth place the “rest” of the General Motors Corporation (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Ravon ) with 1.590.000 sales (+3.0%). The luxury brand Cadillac is shining with 104.310 sales year to date, up 31.1%.

In sixth place the Ford Motor Company ( Ford, Lincoln) involved in sharp moments with 1.453.000 sales, down 7.4%.

In seventh place Honda Motor Group (Honda, Acura) with 1.266.000 (+1.2%) one of the faster growing groups in recent years, which started the 2018 below the usual speed.

In eight place F.C.A. (Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Abarth, Iveco) with 1.199.000 sales (-0.9%) few units ahead of the French P.S.A. (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall, DS) with 1.156.000 sales (+2.1%), driven up by the brand Citroen (+8.2%).

In 10th place Suzuki Group  (Suzuki, Maruti) with 843.000 sales (+6.2%) ahead of the best premium group, the Mercedes Daimler (Mercedes, Smart, Mitsubishi Fuso) with 710.000 (+4.4%).

Please bear in mind 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 the last 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 2018Rank 2017GroupSales 2018Sales MarchVariation 2018Variation MarchShare 2018Share March
11Volkswagen Group2.732.5741.027.8755,3%3,6%11,3%11,0%
23Renault Nissan Alliance2.703.0541.080.2825,1%0,5%11,2%11,6%
32Toyota M.C.2.623.1581.009.8442,1%-0,9%10,9%10,8%
55General Motors1.590.773606.0033,0%7,7%6,6%6,5%
66Ford M.C.1.453.702591.116-7,4%-9,3%6,0%6,3%
77Honda M.C.1.266.308488.2321,2%-2,1%5,3%5,2%
1111Mercedes Benz710.334274.7384,4%0,2%2,9%2,9%
1313Geely Group542.847186.58923,7%21,4%2,3%2,0%
1414SAIC Motor534.225225.72813,2%14,4%2,2%2,4%
1818Dongfeng Motor314.963108.9513,2%2,3%1,3%1,2%
2120Fuji Heavy Industries251.752100.404-0,5%1,0%1,0%1,1%
2222Great Wall Motors238.97272.444-7,7%-16,9%1,0%0,8%
2324Mahindra Group157.41056.4975,5%3,8%0,7%0,6%
2526GAC Group146.67954.63920,4%28,1%0,6%0,6%