In what must come with little surprise, Renault-Nissan and VW have been vying to take over Toyota as the world’s best selling automobile company.

And for the first time, the title belongs to the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

In the first half of 2017, the French-Japanese conglomerate sold 5.27 million vehicles to VW Group’s 5.115 million.

The jump for RNA is largely in thanks to its large crossover lineup and the acquisition of Mitsubishi, which itself sold 495,000 units.

What we do not know is what is included in each tabulation. Did VW Group include sales from MAN, Scania, and NEOPLAN? If not, VW could have possibly overcome RNA.

What is not in question is the fact that Renault-Nissan will outsell VW in the near future no matter what sales VW does or does not include. Last month, Renault bought a large share in Brilliance’s Jinbei operations. Jinbei being one of the largest light commercial vehicle automakers in China. RNA also has a huge head start in its global lineup of crossovers compared to VW.


Stay tuned as RNA, VW, and Toyota all fight for the best selling automaker in 2017.