Renault-Nissan lands in 4th; Toyota leads


TOKYO: Renault-Nissan sold a record 8.3 million vehicles last year, giving it fourth spot among global carmakers, new data showed last week, as the pair reportedly boosted ties to cut costs.

Nissan said it sold 5.1 million units globally in 2013, a 3.3-percent rise from a year ago, while its French partner earlier reported that it sold 2.63 million vehicles in 2013. The group sold a total of 8.3 million vehicles last year, including sales by Russian affiliate AvtoVAZ, putting it behind top three carmakers Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen.

Toyota had reported earlier it sold a record 9.98 million vehicles in 2013, its highest-ever annual sales volume, thanks to a weaker yen as well as strong demand in the US and China, which is now the world’s biggest car market.

The maker of the Corolla, Camry and Prius, among a lineup of more than a hundred models, beat GM, which sold 9.71 million cars last year, while Volkswagen logged annual sales of 9.5 million units.

Toyota said it made more than 10 million vehicles at its plants around the world last year, logging another annual industry record.



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