The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi automotive Alliance announced that its member companies sold a combined total of 10,608,366 units in the 12 months to 31 December, 2017.
Growing demand for SUVs, light commercial vehicles and a rising number of zero-emission pure electric vehicles helped lift unit sales by 6.5% in 2017, the first full-year of Mitsubishi Motors’ membership of the alliance.
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi said: “This evolution reflects the breadth and depth of our model range, our global market presence and the customer appeal of our vehicle technologies.”
In 2017, the Alliance member companies sold vehicles in nearly 200 countries under ten brands (Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine, Lada, Infiniti, Venucia and Datsun).
Groupe Renault’s sales were up 8.5% to 3,761,634 units in 2017.
It was a record year for the leading French brand and number-two brand in Europe, and also for Dacia.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. sold 5,816,278 vehicles worldwide, up 4.6%, and shared details of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company’s six-year strategic plan.
In the USA and China in 2017, the company achieved sales growth of 1.9% and 12.2% respectively.
Infiniti sold 246,492 vehicles in 2017, an increase of 7% from the previous year.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation sold 1,030,454 vehicles in 2017, up 10% from 2016.
The increase in volume was led by China, a key market for Mitsubishi Motors’ Drive For Growth plan.
Annual sales rose by 56%, to 129,160 units.
China became Mitsubishi Motors’ largest market thanks to strong demand for the locally produced Outlander.
Performance in the ASEAN region was also strong with an increase of 17% to 242,224 units, thanks to the launch of Xpander – a compact multi-purpose vehicle - in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the Nissan Leaf has sold 540,623 electric vehicles worldwide through its different brands since its launch in 2010.
Cumulatively, the Alliance continues as the global leader for 100% electric passenger cars and light commercial electric vehicles.
In 2017 Renault remained, for the third consecutive year, the leader in Europe’s electric-vehicle segment with a market share of 23.8% and sales volumes increased by 38%.
Renault Zoe was the best-selling EV in Europe, with sales increase by 44%.
Since 2011, Renault has sold more than 150,000 electric vehicles worldwide, including Renault ZOE, Renault Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E. and Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.