It was a good year for the world’s leading automotive alliance, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in 2018. Combined sales of the three automakers rose by 1.4 percent to 10,756,875 units.
The strong demand was driven by sales of vehicles like the Renault Clio, Nissan X-Trail, and Mitsubishi Xpander. The Common Modular Architecture, a new platform that is shared by numerous vehicles in the Alliance, has likewise pushed global demand.
With SUVs and crossovers selling ever so strongly, vehicles like the Renault Kangood, Nissan Terra and Navara, and the Mitsubishi Triton are on the rise. Renault and Nissan likewise have a platform shared with Mercedes-Benz as seen in the X-Class pickup. This helps expand their reach to more segments of he market.
Speaking of market reach, it is no secret that the three automakers are staunch advocates of electric mobility. Vehicles like the Renault ZIOE and Nissan Leaf have continued to rise over the past 12 months. Some 724,000 EVs have been sold globally since 2010—a testament to the growing demand for clean vehicles. Then there are the hybrids like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which help drive up sales of clean-burning vehicles.
When it comes to individual manufacturer’s sales, Renault closed the year with 3,884,295 units, which was up by 3.2 percent. Nissan sales were down by 2.8 percent to a still respectable 5,653,683 units. Mitsubishi posted huge gains of 18.3 percent. , bringing yearly total sales to 1,218,897 units.