Only 70,000 vehicles. This is the difference that this year has allowed Volkswagen to repeat one more year as the world's largest car manufacturer. The German car group sold 10.83 million units, exceeding the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance (up to 1.4%), selling 10.76 million cars. Third, there was a Japanese Toyota, which grew by 2%, totaling 10.59 million units. Despite maintaining its leading position since 2016, when Volkswagen beat Toyota, it is the lowest of three, 0.9% more than in 2017. t
All three increments, despite the difficult year that the industry has gone through the entry into force of the WLTP and Diesel Emergency in Europe; tariff war and volatility in some markets. "In the second half of the year we were not easy. [Este récord] This was possible thanks to a combination of excellent products and a high level of trust among our customers, ”said Christian Dahlheim, Volkswagen Sales Manager.
The fastest growing German brand is Seat, which increased its registration by 10.5% compared to 2017 to 517,600 units. The Volkswagen brand had a unified behavior with a slight increase of 0.2% to 6.24 million cars. Its truck segment (with MAN and Scania) is what allows it to stay ahead of Nissan and Renault (who do not sell this type of car). If only tourists and vans were taken into account, the Alliance would lead the world market.
On the other hand, Nissan's sales fell by 2.8% to 5.65 million cars, but its decline was offset by a 3.2% increase experienced by Renault (3.88 million units) and Mitsubishi, which improved by 18.3%. % to 1.21 million cars.
The biggest drop
Outside the podium, General Motors ranks fourth. According to the consultant's JATO forecast, the US dropped by 4.91% year-on-year to 7.94 million units (JATO's 53 markets account for 85% of the total). ).
The fifth is Hyundai and Kia, growing 3.2%, selling 6.8 million cars.
Ford is in sixth place. The American giant manages the fall of the top 10 manufacturers. According to JATO, the company registered 5.49 million vehicles in 2018, a 10.4% collapse. The parent company has recently announced that it wants to return to profitability in Europe – a market where it is poorly performing – and announced at the beginning of that month that it will be shrinking in the factories in the old continent.
The US giant General Motors sold the Opel brand PSA in 2017, which allowed the French company, which also owns Peugeot and Citroën, to grow to be among the top ten producers last year. cars
The German company was included in the PSA results in August 2017, so this is the first full year of Opel in a French company. Overall, a German company registered 1 038 057 cars, representing 26.7% of the French group's sales. Apart from Opel, the company's sales would have fallen by 12%.