Renault-Nissan alliance sales rise 2.1 % in 2013 image

The French automaker and its Japanese alliance partner announced in a statement their combined vehicle sales were up 2.1 % last year, which stands as a new record for the 15-year-old partnership.

Following record sales in their tow largest markets, China and the United States, Renault-Nissan pushed new car deliveries to a record 8,266,098 vehicles in 2013, marking the fifth straight year of sales growth.

“Strong demand in the world’s top markets more than offset anemic growth and declines elsewhere,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We will always experience periods of regional instability, but we remain bullish: The auto industry is a long-term growth story – and the Renault-Nissan Alliance is well positioned to continue to play a major role in all major segments globally.”

The top ten markets in 2013 were China, US, Russia, Japan, France, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, the UK and Turkey. Renault sold 2,628,208 vehicles globally in 2013, up 3.1% from 2012. Sales in Europe went up 2.4% to 1,301,864 units and the French company had more than 50% of its sales outside its home region, totaling 1,326,344 units, up 3.8% from 2012.

Nissan on the other hand had sales of 5,102,979 units worldwide, up 3.3% – a record for the fourth straight year. Nissan generated more than one million units in its two biggest markets: China and the United States. Also, AvtoVAZ, the owner of the Russian Lada brand, which is majority controlled by the alliance, sold 534,911 vehicles globally, down 12.1% from 2012 amid the economic slowdown in Russia.