World’s Largest Automakers 2018: The new race begins with VW in the lead

And they are off: The race for World’s Largest Automakers 2018 ended the first of its 12 laps with Volkswagen way ahead of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Toyota. Separated by only 529 units, the Alliance and Toyota are neck and neck.

With a 10.1% unit growth over January 2017, Volkswagen continues its strong showing of the last two months of 2017, giving the lie to those who mused that the Germans could have brought a few units forward into 2017 to regain the top spot.

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Volkswagen snatches World’s Largest Automaker 2017 trophy. The true hero is the Alliance

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The final numbers (so far) are in for 2017, and in a dramatic photo finish, Volkswagen snatched the top spot in the race for World’s Largest Automaker 2017, scraping past the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance by just 1,441 units, or 0.01% more. Toyota took 3rd.

The Volkswagen number of 10.741 million has been public for nearly two weeks, and the urge to add a few cars must have been high. Congratulations for resisting temptation. [Continue Reading]

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance most likely world’s largest automaker, Volkswagen to be 2nd

We interrupt our self-imposed Christmas holiday with the news that in all likelihood, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will end the year as the world’s largest automaker group. Volkswagen Group most likely will come in second. [Continue Reading]

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi maintains the lead in final stretch of world’s largest automaker race

Come-from-behind Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance continues to amaze. Only a major disaster can keep it from ending the as World’s Largest Automaker. Not even a small disaster in Japan could sufficiently dent the Alliance’s chances. Volkswagen and Toyota will fight neck-and-neck until the last minutes of the year.

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World’s Largest Automakers: Alliance still ahead, Volkswagen loses 2016 title

9 months into the year, the race for World’s Largest Automaker 2017 remains extremely tight. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance still clings to its surprising lead, but Toyota and Volkswagen are only rounding errors behind.  Meanwhile, it turns out that Volkswagen wrongly claimed the top spot in 2016. The judges decided it was Toyota.

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World’s Largest Automakers: Alliance And Toyota Neck-And-Neck, Volkswagen 3rd

This time of the year, it usually is pretty clear who will be the world’s largest automaker once the year ends. This time it’s different: All we know is that last year’s winner Volkswagen will most likely drop to place 3. The race for the top spot is between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Toyota, and it could go either way.

January through August, the Alliance and Toyota are separated by less than a rounding error, and anything can happen in the remaining months. However, with 8.3% growth year-on-year, the trajectory of the Alliance is a bit steeper than Toyota’s. A few weeks ago, Alliance Chairman Carlos Ghosn said he expects his group to end the year with 10.5 million units, and my spreadsheet says the same. Quite a few people on the planet never heard of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, but this year, it could become the world’s largest automaker.

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Dark Horse Renault-Nissan Is World’s 2nd Largest Automaker, Beats Volkswagen

Volkswagen AG, the company that ended 2016 as the world’s largest automaker, continues to show a lack of follow-through. Three months into the year, the Germans fell back to place three. It does not surprise that formerly largest automaker Toyota regained the leadership. The astonishing part is that a dark horse is in second place. With Mitsubishi under its belt, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has upset the top three, and even more surprising, it is nipping at the heels of #1 Toyota.

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Volkswagen Largest Automaker Of The World 2016. Or Maybe Toyota

If you have been dying to find out whether Toyota defended its title of World’s Largest Automaker in 2016, or whether Volkswagen fulfilled its dream of becoming the world’s largest, you now have the official answer: This year, World’s Largest Automaker is whoever you want it to be. Volkswagen has beat Toyota. Or maybe not.

This will be a long story, full of numbers. If your eyes glaze over already, I will let you go with the news that Volkswagen is finally ahead of Toyota — if you believe the published numbers. If you share my perverse fetish for car counting, and if you read the rest of the story, expect your beliefs to be shaken.

Toyota today announced global sales of 10,175,000 units in 2016, and global production of 10,213,486 units. A few weeks ago, Volkswagen said it delivered 10.3 million vehicles worldwide in 2016. General Motors releases its global data only quarterly. Until it releases results for the final quarter of 2016 on February 7, we need to estimate, so GM is out of contention.

In terms of production, the two main contenders are separated by nearly 100,000 units. This is a surprising development.

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