Renault-Nissan Alliance posts record 8.03 million sales in 2011 image

The Renault-Nissan Alliance sold a record 8.03 million vehicles last year, up 10 percent from 7.28 million the year before, according to CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Of the total figure, 4.67 million vehicles were Nissans, 2.72 million were Renaults, and 638,000 belonged to Russian unit AvtoVAZ. Sales growth has been attributed to a recovery in the US car market and strong demand from China.

“The Alliance achieved a 10.3 percent increase in volume despite an unusually harsh year, in which the auto industry faced the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the October flooding in Thailand, the abnormal strength of the yen and eurozone uncertainties,” the Renault-Nissan alliance said in a statement issued at the Detroit Auto Show.

Although Japanese car makers suffered major production disruptions in 2011 due to natural disasters, Nissan’s deliveries jumped to 4.67 million cars and light trucks. Its factories and production lines were not as badly hit as rivals Toyota and Honda.

According to Carlos Ghosn, Renault will get involved thoroughly in the Chinese market in the second half of its mid-term plan through 2016. According to the statement, the French automaker plans to benefit from Nissan’s experience in the world’s largest market to begin manufacturing operations there.