Alliance Renault Nissan Mitsubishi MotorsParis/Yokohama/Tokyo – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced that its member companies sold a combined total of 10.6m units in the 12 months to December 31, 2017, which makes it “…the number-one automotive group worldwide,” according to chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Total unit sales were given a lift of 6.5% in 2017 due to the growth in demand for SUVs, light commercial vehicles and zero-emission pure electric vehicles, as well as the first full-year of Mitsubishi Motors’ membership of the Alliance.

Individually all three alliance members saw increases in 2017; Renault’s sales were up 8.5% to 3,761,634 units, while Nissan saw a global sales increase of 4.6% and a 10% increase on 2016 for the newest member, Mitsubishi.

As part of the Alliance 2022 strategic plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is forecasting that annual synergies will exceed €10 billion by the end of 2022. In addition, 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles and 40 vehicles with autonomous drive technology will be launched.