Sales of large passenger vans in Europe are up 21% in the first nine months of 2016, after a 35% improvement in Q3. The segment outperforms the overall market at +7,5% by a large margin, as the entire top-6 shows double digit growth. The Volkswagen T6 still leads the segment with almost a third of total sales thanks to its facelift of last year. The T6 sold more than twice as many units in Q3 than any of its challengers. However, keep in mind these sales include those of the Multivan, the luxury passenger van that competes with the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. If we combine sales of the latter with those of its basic twin Vito Tourer, Mercedes would be the closest rival of VW in this segment, however still unable to touch the Transporter. The Fiat Ducato was outsold by the V-Class in Q3 but has built up a large enough advantage to keep its position by the end of the year.
Car sales statistics for the passenger van segment segment in Europe, updated every quarter.
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe are up 14% in the first half of 2016, outperforming the overall market at +8,8%. The #1 and #2 of the segment both improve 15%, keeping their share of the segment stable. That means the Volkswagen T6 still leads the segment with about a third of total sales thanks to its facelift of last year, followed by the Fiat Ducato with a fifth of segment sales, thanks to its popularity as a base for camper vans. In third place we find the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the luxury version of the two Mercedes models in this segment, with sales up 41% but still far from threatening the Ducato. Even when combining the V-Class with its workhorse version Vito Tourer, Mercedes-Benz is only in 2nd place with a slim margin over the Fiat. And that’s without adding sales of the Citroën Jumper and Peugeot Boxer, of which we unfortunately don’t have specified data, but I’d have to guess it’ll be less than the 2.600 units needed for the Sevel-Sud triplets to hold on to 2nd place.
Sales of small passenger vans, called Ludospace in France, are up 9% in 2015 to 213.689 units, after spending two years below 200.000 sales. The two segment leaders Volkswagen Caddy Life and Citroën Berlingo Multispace both lose share, the Caddy is down 3% as it was being renewed at the end of 2015 and the Berlingo is up by just one percent. In third place, up from fifth, we find the Dacia Dokker thanks to a 20% increase in volume. That puts the French-Romanian budget-MPV ahead of its established cousin Renault Kangoo and the Berlingo’s clone Peugeot Partner (called Ranch in the UK).
The large passenger van segment in Europe slows down its double digit growth in Q3 of 2015, up 8% in the quarter and still +13% year-to-date. The main reason for the slowdown is the model changeover from the Volkswagen Transporter/Multivan from the T5 generation to the T6, which causes the segment leader to lose 34% of its volume in Q3, which sets it virtually flat for the year so far. The Fiat Ducato holds on to its 2nd place, keeping the surging Mercedes-Benz V-Class at bay, even though these two models had almost identical sales in the third quarter. If we add the V-Class’s “tradesman”-version Vito Combi into the mix, the Mercedes-Benz twins outsell the Ducato to take the #2 spot. The 36% loss for the new Vito can be explained by the number of Viano sales that were included last year, from before the Viano was replace by the V-Class.… Continue Reading …
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe surge 15% in the first half of 2015 after a 5% growth in 2014, helped by sell-out pricing of the soon-to-be replaced Volkswagen T5 Transporter and Multivan, and the successful launch of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The luxury MPV from Mercedes-Benz now sells twice as much as the regular Vito Tourer, and combined sales of the models are up 33% compared to last year, when the V-Class had only just replaced the Viano. The Fiat Ducato is up 9% thanks to the new generation, while the Renault Trafic and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro haven’t seen the full benefit of their new generations, which had started deliveries in Q2, giving the Ford Tourneo Custom the opportunity to jump in between.… Continue Reading …
The large passenger van segment is up 5% to just over 150.000 units in 2014, with the Volkswagen T5 still firmly in the lead, selling more than double of its closest rival, the Fiat Ducato, even with the new generation T6 to be introduced in 2015. The new generation Mercedes Vito Tourer and its luxury twin V-Class (formerly Viano), would be in second place ahead of the Ducato if combined. The Renault Trafic and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro are down as their new generations have only just been revealed and won’t start deliveries until Q2 of 2015. The Ford Tourneo Custom is up 37%, but sales of the larger Tourneo are down to less than half as customers are waiting for the new generation.
Interesting to see that of the Sevel-Nord triplets the Citroën Jumpy and Peugeot Expert outsell the Fiat Scudo by a 2:1 ratio each, while of the Sevel-Sud triplets the Fiat Ducato sells 12 times as many times as the Citroën Jumper. This is a result of the popularity the Ducato enjoys among coachbuilders and most notably campervan constructors.
2014 large passenger van sales Europe
|Large Passenger Van Segment||2014||2013||Change|
|3.||Mercedes-Benz Vito/Viano Combi||15.857||21.613||-27%|
|5.||Renault Trafic Passenger||8.384||9.979||-16%|
|6.||Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour||7.141||7.748||-8%|
|7.||Ford Tourneo Custom||7.100||5.200||37%|
|8.||Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Combi||6.211||5.276||18%|
|9.||Ford Transit Tourneo||5.192||11.490||-55%|
|10.||Citroën Jumpy Multispace||4.418||4.161||6%|
|11.||Peugeot Expert Tepee||4.401||4.062||8%|
|12.||Fiat Scudo Panorama||2.367||2.178||9%|
|13.||Citroën Jumper Combi||1.930||1.791||8%|
|14.||Renault Master Passenger||1.929||1.642||17%|
|15.||Volkswagen Crafter Combi||1.691||1.336||27%|
Note that these statistics only include the passenger versions of these commercial vehicles, and exclude the cargo versions, which are sold in much larger numbers across Europe.
Also not that this list is not complete, as data of some models is not available.
Small passenger van segment
Sales of small passenger vans are up 2% to almost 200.000 units in 2014, with the Volkswagen Caddy still firmly in first place, despite a drop of 3%. Its closest competitors, the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Parter are down even more. Combined, the two clones would lead the segment ahead of the Caddy. The Renault Kangoo holds on to its fourth place ahead of its distant cousin Dacia Dokker, while the Kangoo’s clone Mercedes-Benz Citan is quickly storming the charts. Ford has successfully launched the new generation Tourneo Connect, which reaches 7th place with almost 10.000 sales.
Looking at the smallest vans of the segment, the aging Fiat Qubo, Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper are all down with double digits, feeling the added competition from the Ford Tourneo Courier, and the triplets have lost more volume than the Ford has sold this year.
2014 large passenger van sales Europe
|Small Passenger Van Segment||2014||2013||Change|
|1.||Volkswagen Caddy Life||47.390||49.107||-3%|
|2.||Citroën Berlingo Multispace||35.378||37.957||-7%|
|3.||Peugeot Partner Tepee / Ranch||23.906||26.201||-9%|
|7.||Ford Tourneo Connect||9.490||231||new|
|9.||Nissan NV200 Evalia||5.434||5.370||1%|
|10.||Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi||4.349||2.252||93%|
|11.||Ford Tourneo Courier||4.275||0||new|
|12.||Citroën Nemo Multispace||2.519||3.108||-19%|
|13.||Peugeot Bipper Tepee||2.216||3.164||-30%|
|14.||Opel/Vauxhall Combo Tour||1.733||2.518||-31%|
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Sales of passenger vans have increased in the third quarter of 2014, for both segments. The large passenger van segment is now up 5% on 2013, while the compact passenger van segment has returned into positive territory, improving 2% on last year.
The large passenger van segment is benefiting from a flood of new generations and model updates, but despite being one of the oldest models in the segment, the Volkswagen Transporter/Multivan T5 still manages to improve its sales, albeit slightly. It still holds over 33% share of the segment, more than 10% over its nearest competitor, the Fiat Ducato. I expect the Ducato to improve even further next year, as the model has just been updated.… Continue Reading …
In the compact passenger van segment, the Volkswagen Caddy Life strengthens its lead over the Citroën Berlingo Multispace while that model’s twin, the Peugeot Partner lost its third place to the Renault Kangoo in the second quarter. If the Kangoo manages to finish the year in that third position it will be the first time since 2011 for the model to do so.
Surprisingly, the Kangoo’s Renault-Group sibling Dacia Dokker is already down in the second quarter when compared to last year, even though it’s only the model’s second full year of sales. The Kangoo’s twin Mercedes-Benz Citan has taken over the award for fastest growing model from the Dokker, although the Citan remains stable in ninth position.… Continue Reading …
Sales of small van-derived cars (or Ludospace in French) in Europe are up 3% in the first three months of 2014, after a slight decline of 4% over the full year 2013. Traditionally, the cargo versions of these cars sell much better than their passenger versions, but there is a loyal and happy customer base of people looking for an affordable and spacious no-frills car, and who don’t mind the lack of refinement and the utilitarian looks.
The ranking is relatively stable, as the top six has stayed in the same position as they were at the end of last year. That means the Volkswagen Caddy Life is still in the lead after the Citroën Berlingo Multispace enjoyed a short stint at the top position in the beginning of 2013. The margin between the numbers one and two is less than 100 sales, so it should be interesting to see if the Berlingo can keep up this pace until the end of December.
The Peugeot Partner Tepee is still in third, down 5% and threatened by the Renault Kangoo which sees sales increase 21% thanks to its facelift. … Continue Reading …
The small van-derived car (or Ludospace in French) segment in Europe in 2013 is down slightly more than the average of all cars, at -4% vs -2% for the whole market. Traditionally, the cargo versions of these cars sell much better than their passenger versions, but there is a loyal and happy customer base of people looking for an affordable and spacious no-frills car, and who don’t mind the lack of refinement and the utilitarian looks.
In 2013, every model is down, except for two newcomers of late 2012: the Dacia Dokker and Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi. In fact, with the exception of the segment leader Volkswagen Caddy Life, all models are down double digits.
The Dacia Dokker makes a smashing entrance, straight up to 5th place, within arm’s reach of its cousin Renault Kangoo, while the Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi, which is a rebadged Renault Kangoo stays stuck at the bottom of the charts. It is the second attempt at this segment for Mercedes-Benz, after the Vaneo in the beginning of the new millennium was not very successful either, sales peaked at 15.500 sales in 2002 but the model was pulled off the market after just five years.