Combined Renault and Nissan sales reached 5,139,505 units in 2002, up 2.9% over 2001.
Nissan and Renault sold a total of 2,735,530 and 2,403,975 vehicles, respectively. The Renault-Nissan Alliance global market share came to 9.1% (4.2% for the Renault group and 4.9% for Nissan), ranking the Alliance among the world’s five leading car makers.
The Renault group sold 117,088 vehicles under the Renault Samsung Motors nameplate (up 65.4%) and 57,775 Dacia-branded vehicles (up 5.1%), while sales of Nissan’s Infiniti brand rose 26.3% to 94,880 units.
Commercial cooperation within the Alliance bolstered the performance of Renault and Nissan in many regions of the world and helped both car makers expand operations in new markets.
Alliance sales in Europe totalled 2,301,268 units in 2002. Renault and Nissan today have common sales support operations in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany to optimise respective sales and services offered at separate Nissan and Renault showrooms and points of purchase.
In 2002, Nissan started to sell the Interstar, derived from the Renault Master van, and the Primastar, a rebadged version of the Renault Trafic/Opel Vivaro compact van. Nissan began producing some versions of this vehicle at its plant in Barcelona in October 2002. The Renault Kangoo will be sold under the Nissan badge in 2003.
Renault sales in Mexico rose to 15,877 units in 2002 from 3,616 in 2001. This strong sales performance was largely driven by Clio – accounting for 67% of sales – and Scénic models produced at Nissan facilities in Mexico and an expanded Renault dealer network supported by the Nissan network.
Nissan sales in Mexico showed a gain of 11.1% over 2001, rising to 211,648 units, including 36,683 Platinas, a rebadged version of the Renault Clio Saloon that Nissan started assembling locally and marketing in April 2002.
In Brazil, Nissan sales increased from 1,554 in 2001 to 4,412 units in 2002. Renault imports Nissan vehicles to Brazil and manufactures the Frontier, Brazil’s pick-up truck of the year, at its Curitiba plant.
In Korea, Renault Samsung Motors met with rapid success, posting a gain of 65.4% over 2001. The brand’s two models – the SM3 and the SM5 – are derived from Nissan vehicles (the Sylphy and Maxima, respectively) and the Busan plant uses Nissan technology.
In Australia and Taiwan, Renault sales in 2002 rose to a total of 3,911 units and 1,449 units, respectively. That advance was due largely to Nissan’s support in developing the Renault dealer network in both countries.