THE RENAULT-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has announced record sales of 5,538,530 vehicles in the six months leading up to June 30, 2018, following a 5.1 per cent increase.
The three member companies saw increased demand in various product segments, including crossovers, sports utility vehicles and pick-ups, as well as zero-emission electric and hybrid models.
Of the core brands, Renault reported increased sales of the Clio, Captur and Scenic, Dacia posted its half-year sales record, Nissan saw higher demand for the Note, X-Trail and Qashqai, and Mitsubishi Motors’ volumes were enhanced by sales of the new Eclipse Cross.
It comes after Groupe Renault already announced its individual sales rise of 9.8 per cent and high EV sales earlier this month. Mitsubishi Motors remained the market leader in the PHEV SUV segment with continued orders for its hybrid Outlander.
Nissan Motor Co Ltd. sold 2.8m vehicles under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands worldwide. In China, the company achieved sales growth of 10.8 per cent.
Mitsubishi Motors sold 616,648 vehicles worldwide, as the company launched its new Eclipse Cross in more than 60 countries.
Groupe Renault sold 2.1m vehicles in the first half of 2018, setting half-year sales records for the Renault and Dacia brands. In Europe, Renault remained the second best-selling brand where Captur is number one in its segment.
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: ‘Our member companies continue to lift unit sales in multiple markets, reflecting our brands’ competitive and attractive offerings.
‘This strong sales performance in the first half of 2018 shows we are on track with the forecast we set in our alliance 2022 mid-term plan.’
Under the six-year mid-term plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is forecasting combined sales of more than 14m units annually by the end of 2022 – up more than 30 per cent from the 10.6m units sold by the alliance member companies in 2017.
The plan also involves deepening convergence between the member companies, including the use of common platforms and powertrains, while sharing innovation in electrification, connectivity and autonomous drive technologies.