Volkswagen once again became the world leader in sales, but with the reservation

Volkswagen once again became the world leader in sales, but with the reservation

January 30, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Concern Volkswagen AG has retained first place among automakers in terms of global sales. In 2018, it shipped 10.8 million vehicles – plus 0.9% of the 2017 figures.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance ranked second in the global rankings, the implementation of which grew by 1.4% last year, to 10.7 million new cars. Toyota closes the top three (+ 2%), whose sales amounted to 10.6 million vehicles.

However, in this rating there is a share of slyness. The fact is that Volkswagen takes into account the statistics of all the ward brands, including Scania and MAN, which produce trucks and buses. Toyota declared in statistics Hino trucks. At the same time, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi does not produce heavy equipment.

If only passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are taken into account, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance takes over the palm, Volkswagen comes second, and Toyota comes third.

But even in this case, the gap between the giants is only 200-400 thousand cars. On a global scale, this is the result of sales of one, and far from the most popular model. So there is reason to say that the top three are moving nostrils to the nostrils.

Inside the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi observed multidirectional dynamics. Nissan remains the leader in demand (5.65 million cars), although its figures were 2.8% lower than in 2017. Renault sold 3.88 million cars – plus 3.2%. And Mitsubishi is the fastest growing: sales of the youngest brand of the alliance jumped at once by 18%, to 1.22 million cars.

Market leaders are still cautious in their forecasts for 2019. Volkswagen is afraid of the aggravation of the trade war between the United States and China, plus the sales of new cars in China for the first time in almost three decades. Renault is experiencing due to the tightening of environmental requirements in Europe, which have already affected the dynamics of sales in the Old World.

There is cause for concern and Toyota: although the Corolla retained the title of the most popular car in the world, in 2018 its sales decreased by 1.7% (to 1,181,445 units). This can not be called a fall, but the demand for traditional cars melts around the world: motorists are increasingly choosing crossovers.