In a joint statement, Renault-Nissan alliance said it sold 8,528,887 million vehicles last year, up almost 1 percent from 2014.
Combined sales for the world’s fourth largest car group last year, which includes Renault, Nissan and Russia’s Avtovaz, were kept just above the 2014 line, being tempered by sharp declines in the overall Russian and Brazilian markets.
Renault Group, Europe’s third-largest automaker, sold 2,801,592 vehicles worldwide in 2015, up 3.3 percent from 2014, thus marking the third consecutive year of sales advance and a new record at the same time. The Romanian Dacia brand sales, Renault’s affordable marquee, accounted for 550,920 vehicles, up 7.7 percent. From the total, Europe accounted for 1,613,499 units, Renault’s sales in the region thus rising 10.2 percent in 2015. However, deliveries dropped 14.8 percent in Americas and 8.6 percent in Renault’s Eurasia region, which is mainly Russia, broadly in line with the collapsing demand in those markets. Excluding France and the European countries, Renault sold 1,188,093 cars last year on other markets, with 4.8 percent fewer vehicles than in 2014.
On the other hand, Nissan Motor reached 5,421,804 cars and trucks worldwide, up 2.1 percent. Infiniti accounted for a record 215,250 vehicles, up 16 percent from the previous year, thanks to all-time high sales in all key regions, including the Americas and China. In the United States, Nissan set an all-time record with 1,484,918 vehicles, up 7.1 percent, while in China, deliveries rose 6.3 percent to 1.25 million units. In Europe, demand rose 3.0 percent year-on-year to 761,053 units.
Avtovaz, which sells cars under the LADA brand, marked 305,491 vehicles last year, down 31.5 percent due to the slump in the Russian market. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has a majority stake in Avtovaz through a joint venture with state corporation Rostec. Together, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Avtovaz sell about one in three cars in Russia.