Nissan Passed Honda in Total Global Sales
Maybe it’s not accurate to say that Nissan passed Honda. It’s more descriptive to say Nissan blew the doors off of Honda in total global sales. Nissan’s sales grew by 21.5 percent in 2010 for total global sales for a record 4,080,588 units. According to the Wall Street Journal, Honda's sales rose just 5% to 3.56 million from 3.39 million a year before.
Factor in Nissan’s alliance with Renault and you have a group that passed Honda in total global sales, as well as a lot of other companies. The Renault-Nissan Alliance had a record year with 7,276,398 units sold in 2010, a 19.6 percent increase over 2009 in a market that expanded by 11.8 percent. The Renault-Nissan Alliance captured 10.3 percent of the global market in 2010, according to Nissan.
According to the Wall Street Journal, these are how the numbers break down for global sales (with Renault/Nissan not considered a single company for counting purposes):