It’s all green and go for the 12-year-old Renault-Nissan Alliance, which reported a record year in global sales, with 7,276,398 units achieved in 2010, a 19.6% increase over 2009 in a market that expanded by 11.8%.

Renault and Nissan sold 2,625,796 and 4,080,588 vehicles respectively, making for a 14% jump for Renault and 21.5% for Nissan. Lada sales accounted for 570,014 units, a 37.6% increase compared to 2009. Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors also posted percentage increases, by 12% and 19% respectively.

In Europe, the Renault group volume increased by 7.4% with 1,642,000 units sold in a market that contracted by 3.7%, and moved up one place in the rankings to become number two in passenger car (PC) sales.

Outside Europe, South Korea was notable – with 155,697 units sold, this represented an increase of 16.5% in passenger car sales, adding up to 11.9% of the market share in the country, which is Renault’s fourth largest market globally.

Meanwhile, for Nissan, China became the company’s largest market worldwide, with 1,023,638 units sold, a 35.5% increase on 2009. Sales were led by the midsize sedan Sylphy, with 142,367 units sold and the flagship car model Teana, with sales of 140,842 units.

In the US, Nissan and Infiniti sales totalled 908,570 units, an 18% increase over the previous year, while in Japan, government subsidies and launches of five new models such as the March, Juke and Serena contributed to the 7.7% increase in sales, with 645,320 units delivered.

In Europe, total sales increased by 13% to 555,924 units, with the main market being the UK, with 96,419 units sold, followed by Russia with 84,288 units.