Only 70,000 vehicles. This is the difference that this year allowed Volkswagen to repeat another year as the world's largest car manufacturer. The German car group sold 10.83 million units, almost overtaking the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (1.4%), which sold 10.76 million units. Toyota, Japan, which grew by 2%, with a total of 10.59 million cars, took third place. Despite maintaining a leading position since Toyota's 2016, Volkswagen is one that grows at least three, by 0.9% more than in 2017.
All three are growing, despite the complicated year that this sector has gone through, with the entry into force of the WLTP and diesel debacle in Europe; price war and volatility of some markets. "It was not easy for us in the second half of the year. [Este récord] This was possible thanks to a combination of excellent products and high customer confidence, "said Volkswagen Sales Manager Christian Dahlheim.
The fastest growing brand of the German group is Seat, which increased the registration by 10.5% compared to 2017 to 517,600. The Volkswagen brand had flat 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 (which do not sell this type of car). If only tourism and supplies were taken into account, the Alliance would lead the world market.
Nissan, on the other hand, reduced its sales by 2.8% by 5.65 million cars, but its decline was offset by an increase of 3.28 million cars Renault recorded (3.88 million cars) and Mitsubishi, which improved by 18, 3% to 1.21 million cars.
The biggest fall
Outside the podium, General Motors is ranked fourth. According to the JATO USA consultant's forecast, its sales dropped by 4.91% compared to the previous year by 7.94 million units (JATO takes into account 53 markets, which make up 85% of the total volume).
In fifth place are Hyundai and Kia, which grow by 3.2% and 6.8 million cars sold.
Ford is sixth. American giant leads to the biggest drop of ten top producers. The company recorded 5.49 million vehicles in 2018, according to JATO, which represents a collapse of 10.4%. The parent company has recently announced that it is seeking a return to profitability in Europe, a bad market, and announced earlier this month that it would cut its labor force in the factories it has in the Old Continent.
US general giant General Motors sold the Opel brand to PSA in 2017, allowing the French company owned by Peugeot and Citroën last year to grow among the top ten manufacturers, with 3.9 million cars
The German company was incorporated into the PSA results in August 2017, making it the first full year of Opel in the French company. Overall, the German company registered 1,038,057 vehicles, representing 26.7% of sales of the French group. Excluding Opel, sales of the company would drop by 12%.