The Renault-Nissan alliance posted a half-year sales figure of 5,268,079 units made up of its Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Dacia, placing the group ahead of the Volkswagen Group for the first six months of the year. The German automotive group delivered 5,115,900 vehicles during the same period.

Increases in sales volume came from Renault models including the Clio, Megane, Captur, along with Dacia models the Sandero and Duster. The French brand saw 1,879,288 new vehicles sold in the first half, its best markets including France, Russia and Italy.

Gains also came from Nissans including the X-Trail/Rogue, Sentra/Sylphy, Qashqai, and Altima/Teana. The Nissan brand contributed 2,894,488 vehicle deliveries of cars and trucks, with its best markets including the United States, China, and Japan.

Mitsubishi recorded 495,000 vehicle deliveries in that time, with strong demand globally for the Outlander, and for the Pajero Sport in the ASEAN region. The alliance also recorded a strong showing from the electrified models in its line-up, with 481,151 units of the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, as well as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

“We will continue to leverage our significant economies of scale and global market presence to deliver valuable synergies for our member companies this year, while maintaining a strong technology lineup and offering customers breakthrough electric models,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn, on the group’s record first-half sales figure.