World’s Largest Automakers 2018: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi tops the list at halftime

Never has the race for World’s Largest Automaker been more exciting than this year. Separated by the thinnest if distances, the world’s top automakers are in a neck-on-neck competition. For a few months, Volkswagen Group was in the lead, but before the six month mark, dark horse Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance made a powerful spurt, and edged-out the Teutonic juggernaut. [Continue Reading]

World’s Largest Automakers May 2018: VW extending its lead – slightly

The battle for World’s Largest Automaker 2018 turns more and more into a bitter fight between Volkswagen Group and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Five months into the year, VW managed to extend its lead ever so slightly, with only 45,000 units separating the Germans from the French-Japanese nipping at their heels.

Former ichi ban Toyota apparently has decided to sit back and relax. Toyota Group’s worldwide production basically is the same it was January to May 2017. [Continue Reading]

World’s Largest Automakers April 2018: VW back in the lead

The race for World’s Largest Automaker 2018 is getting more exciting than F1. Four months into the year Volkswagen Group edged-out last month’s front-runner Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, and it took the first place with a razor-thin 22,000 unit lead.

Buoyed by a nearly 13% growth in its largest country-market China, Volkswagen shows no signs of a post-dieselgate traumatic disorder predicted in a few corners of the media. Among the Top 3, Volkswagen leads with an impressive 8.1% growth for the year.

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Trading places: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance leads World’s Largest Automakers in Q1/18

Did I mention that World’s Largest Automakers 2018 will be a tight race? The first quarter ended with the  Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in the lead, followed by Volkswagen, and Toyota. Last month had Toyota in the top spot, now it is in place 3. Expect the trading of places to continue throughout the year – the distances between the world’s top 3 automakers are extremely tight.

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World’s Largest Automakers 2018: Toyota in front, but it will be a tough fight

Two months into the new year, it quickly becomes clear that we will witness the so far fiercest fight between the top three global automakers for the title of World’s largest Automaker 2018 . Toyota, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and Volkswagen are only a few ten thousand units apart.  We will probably see them trading places a few times as the year goes on.

By the end of February, Toyota surprisingly was in the lead, despite a global production decrease of 1.1%. Volkswagen found itself in third place, despite an 8.8% increase in global deliveries. The Alliance came in just 13,000 units behind front-running Toyota. [Continue Reading]

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]