Plunging sales in Europe and weakness in China meant that Stellantis would have been the No. 6 global automaker in the first three quarters of 2020.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, the two automakers that are merging to create Stellantis, have been touting the combined entity as the world's fourth-largest car company. The assertion is based on both automakers' vehicles sales in 2019.
According to Automotive News Europe's calculations using figures from company reports, Stellantis would have been in sixth place based on FCA's and PSA's passenger car and light commercial vehicle sales through September 2020.
Combined global sales of FCA and PSA fell 33 percent to 3.89 million units in the first three quarters, compared with the same period in 2019. FCA's volume declined 30 percent to 2.27 million, while PSA's vehicle sales fell 37 percent to 1.62 million. Neither FCA nor PSA have reported fourth-quarter sales yet.