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>> VW has held on to its top spot among global automakers, if barely. A Reuter's analysis shows the German giant sold just over 10.8 million vehicles in 2018. That gives it the number one ranking for the fourth straight year, But only if you include trucks. Rival Renault Nissan is just a few thousand behind overall.
And it's actually ahead if you only count passenger cars. VW takes the win thanks to its MAN and Scania heavy truck units.
e victory's even more remarkable when considering that the company's been battered by years of controversy over its cheating on emissions tests. The scandal has already cost it over $30 billion in penalties and fines.
Renault Nissan is facing its own troubles too, of course. Former boss, Carlos Ghosn, has just his first media interview since his arrest. He told Japan's Nikkei newspaper that disgruntled Nissan executives are behind the financial crime allegations he faces. Ghosn says senior figures in the Japanese firm wanted to stop a full merger with Renault.