Renault-Nissan alliance boss Carlos Ghosn believes his grouping (Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi) will become number one in sales, bypassing Volksvagen Group and Toyota. During a shareholdersâ€™ meeting earlier this month, Ghosn said “We have been among the top three car manufacturers since January in sales volume, and we expect to be in the top spot by midyear — although this was not our goal.”
According to market research company JATO Dynamics, VW Group has sold 3.32 million vehicles, Toyota 3.06 million and Renault-Nissan 3.02 million. JATO uses a combination of vehicle registrations and retail sales to arrive at its figures.
Through the first four months, the alliance is close to the top two.
Renault-Nissan could stay in the top three for some time, excluding any unexpected mergers or acquisitions. The alliance of Groupe Renault, based in France, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., sells cars under nine brands â€“ Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault Samsung Motors, Infiniti, Venucia, Dacia, Datsun and Lada.