Tokyo — The Renault-Nissan alliance emerged as the world’s biggest seller of light vehicles in 2017, bumping Volkswagen off the top spot, after the inclusion of Mitsubishi Motors’ numbers boosted its final tally. Nissan’s sales hit a record high of 5.82-million, while French car maker Renault has reported sales of 3.76-million. Mitsubishi’s sales came in at 1.03 million, bringing total 2017 sales for the group to about 10.61-million light vehicles. Together, the three car makers beat record sales of about 10.53-million light vehicles at Volkswagen, 2016’s top seller, which includes the Audi, Skoda, Seat and Porsche brands. Toyota, which held the number two spot in 2016, posted group sales of 10.2-million units last year, excluding its Hino Motors heavy trucks. Many car makers are trying to boost sales volumes to achieve economies of scale and cut costs amid soaring investments needed to develop next-generation automotive technologies — including self-driving cars, electric vehicles ...

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