Renault-Nissan Alliance posts record 2012 sales image

The Renault-Nissan Alliance sold a record 8,101,310 vehicles in 2012, accounting for 1 in 10 new cars sold worldwide.

The Alliance’s calendar-year sales increased about 1 percent from 2011, with strong growth in emerging markets and the United States, offsetting the sales decline in Europe. 2012 was the fourth consecutive year of sales growth for the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Renault group sold 2,550,286 units worldwide in 2012, down 6.3 percent from 2011. Renault group sales increased 9.1 percent outside Europe, thanks in part to strong growth in Brazil, Russia, and Algeria. However, Renault sales declined 18 percent in Europe in an overall European market that shrank by 8.6 percent.

Nissan sold 4,940,133 units globally in 2012, up 5.8 percent, setting a new calendar year record. Nissan had two markets each exceeding 1 million units – China and the United States.

AVTOVAZ sold 610,891 vehicles, down 5.5 percent from 2011 as a major Russian incentive program came to an end. In December, the Renault-Nissan Alliance created a joint venture to accelerate its market offensive in Russia where the Alliance sells one in three cars nationwide.

Despite Renault’s sales decline in Europe and political tension in China, Nissan’s No. 1 market, the Alliance maintained its market share. “Thanks to the American rebound and strong demand in emerging markets, we maintained our market share and are very well positioned in global growth markets,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.