Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Hits 10.76 Million Combined Sales in 2018
Leading automotive alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced a combined total of 10.76 million sales for 2018. A total combined sales of 10,756,875 units for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors rolled out last year, reflecting one in nine of all cars and light commercial vehicles sold worldwide and posting a 1.4 percent increase in sales. Aside from that, the Alliance maintained its position as the world leader in volume sales of passenger and light commercial vehicles. The stellar sales figures was attributed to the Renault Clio, Captur and Sandero, the Nissan X-Trail/Rogue and Sentra/Sylphy, and Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross and Xpander. Aside from that, their models that utilizes the Common Module Family (CMF) architecture--a key pillar of the Alliance 2022 mid-term plan--largely contributed to the sales growth for last year. This included inaugural sales of the Renault Kwid in more international markets along with increased production of the Nissan Frontier pickup truck, which shares its architecture with Renault and Mercedes models. Further, the group also banked on the strong demand for light commercial vehicles, particularly the Renault Kangoo, Master and Trafic, the Nissan Navara and Terra, and the Mitsubishi Triton/Strada. According to a statement, a core part of the Alliance strategy is to "maximize synergies through cross-development and cross-manufacturing to increase sales and market presence of member-company LCVs around the world." Last year, their e-vehicle sales reached 724,905 units since 2010, with the demand driven by the Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF, among other EVs. The sales breakdown of the Alliance member companies are: - Groupe Renault’s sales were up 3.2 percent to 3,884,295 units in calendar year 2018. - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. sold 5,653,683 units worldwide, down 2.8 percent in 2018. - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation sold 1,218,897 units worldwide, up 18.3 percent year-over-year.