Tokyo — Volkswagen Group has held on to its position as the world's top-selling vehicle maker for the fifth year in a row, although the German group was edged out again by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance in the light-duty vehicles segment. Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi together sold 10.76-million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in 2018, according to Reuters' calculations after new data released on Wednesday. The group doesn't sell heavy trucks. Nissan said on Wednesday it sold 5.65-million vehicles in 2018, down 2.8% on the year. Mitsubishi reported an 18% rise in sales to 1.22-million units while Renault sold 3.88-million units, up 3.2% on the year. Volkswagen's deliveries rose 0.9% to a record 10.83-million in 2018, including its MAN and Scania heavy trucks, the German company said earlier in January. Excluding heavy trucks, it sold 10.6-million units. Toyota retained its third spot, announcing on Wednesday that it had sold 10.59-million vehicles in 2018 inclu...

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