World’s Car Manufacturers Ranking 2018. Volkswagen the best

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World Car Group Ranking in the first half 2018 with Volkswagen Group clearly on top ahead of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Honda dropped down 1 spot while Ford is losing 6%, the worse among all top manufacturers.

Global light vehicles market kept growing in the first half 2018, while clouds related to the introduction of import duties, driven by Trump’s government, are progressively changing the global outlook and the growth is uncertain in future. However, year to date 2018 global light vehicles sales have been 46.1 million (+4.1%) with the milestone of 100 million vehicles in a single year expected for the 2019.

As far as concern the sales aggregated by Manufacturers Group, the battle for leadership is very 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 5.59 million sales (+7.2%), with June up 6.8%. The brand this year is pushed up by the restarted operations in South Korea (+378%), by the recovery in Brazil (+31.7%) while the only top market falling is Mexico (-18.8%).

In second place and without chance to keep the leadership in this year, the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Dacia, Lada, Infiniti, Datsun, Renault Samsung, CMC, ZNA) with 5.16 million sales (+4.7%), with June up 6.8%. Following the conquest of the World’ throne in February and March, in the more recent months the gap to Volkswagen increased substantially. The Group is running fast in China, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Argentina and Thailand, mentioning just the biggest markets.

In third place the Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Scion) with 4.74 million sales (+3.3%), with the slower pace among the three contenders, but a very fast June (+11.1%).

In fourth place the General Motors Corporation (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Ravon, Wuling, Baojun) with 4.3 million sales (+2.9%), with June down 2.8%. The Group is struggling in Mexico, South Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia.

In fifth place the Korean Hyundai Group (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis) in recovery after the awful 2017, with 3.6 million sales (+7.1%) and June up 13.1%. Among the fastest growing markets are China, Russia, Spain, France, Netherlands.

In sixth place the Ford Motor Company ( Ford, Lincoln) involved in sharp times with 2.9 million sales, down 6.4% and June down 8.4%. Operations in China are killing the brand (-37.7%) but others negative data arrive from Turkey, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Philippines.

In seventh place F.C.A. (Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Abarth, Iveco) with 2.5 million sales (-0.8%), having lost 2.0% in June.

In eight place and losing 1 position from the previous month Honda Motor Group (Honda, Acura) with 2.3 million (+0.4%), with June up 3.7%. Fast growing markets are Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam.

In ninth the French P.S.A. (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall, DS) with 2.28 million sales (+2.9%), driven up by Iran, Netherlands, Poland, Chile, Greece.

In 10th place Mercedes Daimler (Mercedes, Smart, Mitsubishi Fuso) with 1.41 million (+5.5%) very fast in China (+29.9%).

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 2017BrandSales 2018Sales JuneVariation 2018Variation JuneShare 2018Share June
11Volkswagen Group5.589.682990.6937,2%6,8%12,1%12,5%
22Renault Nissan Alliance5.169.124953.8754,7%6,8%11,2%12,0%
33Toyota Group4.741.227830.8503,3%11,1%10,3%10,5%
44General Motors4.302.104675.5802,9%-2,8%9,3%8,5%
66Ford Group2.965.027507.880-6,4%-8,7%6,4%6,4%
87Honda Motor2.384.771428.5670,4%3,7%5,2%5,4%
1010Mercedes Daimler1.412.263251.1855,3%4,8%3,1%3,2%
1313Geely Group1.121.289201.16228,3%31,5%2,4%2,5%
1716Dongfeng Motor501.33353.986-7,6%-23,1%1,1%0,7%
2021SAIC Motor439.95669.28762,5%72,7%1,0%0,9%
2119Great Wall Motors385.83146.887-17,5%-25,8%0,8%0,6%
2222Chery Automobile307.44140.5673,3%-19,7%0,7%0,5%
2323GAC Group297.41743.11418,4%-0,7%0,6%0,5%
2424Jac Motors231.55526.658-5,1%-9,0%0,5%0,3%