Car sales statistics for the small MPV segment in Europe, updated every quarter.

European sales 2014 Small MPV segment

Small_MPV-segment-European-sales-2014-Fiat_500LSales of small MPVs in Europe have seem to hit a ceiling at just over 400.000 annual sales, as customers prefer the much more trendy small crossovers. Only two models manage to increase sales and do so by a large margin, while the rest of the segment is struggling. With the segment leader 500L soon to get internal competition from the 500X crossover, and no new models planned for the year, I predict the segment to take a big hit in 2015 and easily fall below 400.000 sales for only the second time in a decade. It may even drop as low as 350.000 sales, while the overall market remains stable or may even show a slight increase again.

Sales of the two segment leaders Fiat 500L and Nissan Note were both down in each of the last two months of the year, indicating their impressive winning streak in 2014 isn’t likely to continue into 2015. The 500L reaches record sales for the model at 94.000 units, while the Note clocks its best year since 2007. Contrastingly, even though sales of the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva remain relatively stable, the model is still down more than half on as recent as 2011.… Continue Reading …

European sales 2014 January – September Small MPV segment

European-car-sales-statistics-small-mpv-segment-2014-Fiat_500L-Nissan_Note-Opel_MerivaThe small MPV segment in Europe is still up 6% after the first nine months of 2014, but continued competition from small crossovers has caused the growth to stall, while the top-3 are the only models to increase sales year-over-year. The Fiat 500L continues to control the segment which it has lead for five straight quarters, but the Nissan Note is storming up the charts, coming from 7th place last year with the previous generation to second place this year, thanks to the new model. The Note even outsold the 500L in September thanks to strong volume in the UK, its home market.

The Ford B-Max loses another spot in the segment it has lead until the first half of 2013, and it has been surpassed since by respectively the 500L, the Note and now the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva to be kicked off the podium. The little Ford has lost 20% of its volume, or almost 11.000 units on last year and could feel the Citroën C3 Picasso breathing down its neck in September.… Continue Reading …

European sales 2014 first half Small MPV segment


The small MPV segment’s growth of 10% in the first quarter has slowed down slightly in the second quarter, as first half 2014 sales are still up an impressive 8%. And the difference between success and failure has grown, as only two models show significant gains, while all other models either remain virtually flat or lose sales.

Fiat-500L-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Ford B-Max held on to its lead in the first half of 2013, until the Fiat 500L took over and never looked back. In the second quarter of 2014, the 500L even outsold the B-Max by a 2-to-1 ratio. Then the new generation Nissan Note outsold the little Ford for the first time last December and has done so every month since, to jump into the segment’s second place, from sixth last year. The B-Max is now under threat to lose out of the podium by the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, with less than 50 units between them after the Meriva outsold the Romanian-built Ford in each of the last 3 months.

The Meriva has passed the Citroën C3 Picasso in the second quarter as well, but the rest of the segment remains relatively stable ranking-wise. All other models are down at least 12% with the only exception of the Skoda Roomster, down just 1% and therefore closing in on the Kia Venga.… Continue Reading …

European sales 2014-Q1 Small MPV segment

Nissan-Note-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeSales of small MPVs in Europe are up by 10% in the first three months of 2014, continuing to outperform the overall market. But the success is not shared equally between the models. In fact, only 4 out of the 13 models in this segment were able to increase their sales compared to the first quarter of 2013. Besides that, the segment’s growth of just over 11.000 units can be wholly attributed to the new generation Nissan Note, up 11.236 sales compared to the outgoing model last year. As a result, the Note has jumped into second place of the segment, coming out of nowhere (well, 6th position) in 2013.

The Fiat 500L keeps the lead of the segment, growing another 46% on its first quarter of 2013 sales. With the Note moving into second place, the Ford B-Max is pushed down to third, but can feel the Citroën C3 Picasso and Opel/Vauxhall Meriva breathing down its neck. In fact, both the C3 Picasso and the Meriva outsold the B-Max in February. … Continue Reading …

European sales 2013 Small MPV segment

Fiat-500L-Ford-B-Max-Citroen-C3-Picasso-sales-europe-jan-sep-2013 The small MPV segment in Europe as a whole increased 9% in 2013, compared to a decline of 2% for the overall market.

New entrants have shaken up the segment, as the Fiat 500L and Ford B-Max have stormed up the charts straight from their introduction in the second half of 2012.

The Citroën C3 Picasso has received a minor facelift in 2012 and also benefits from a factory strike that cost its sister Citroën C3 a lot of sales. The C3 Picasso is especially popular in Italy, where it more than doubled its 2012 sales. As a result, it knocks the 2012 leader Opel/Vauxhall Meriva off the podium, as this model suffers the biggest loss of the top 9. It will receive a facelift early 2014, with more fuel efficient engines, which should help stabilize sales this year.… Continue Reading …

European sales Jan-Sep 2013 Small MPV segment

Fiat-500L-Ford-B-Max-Citroen-C3-Picasso-sales-europe-jan-sep-2013The small MPV segment in Europe as a whole saw a healthy increase of 13% in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to the same period last year, thanks to the introduction of two major new players who have shaken up the segment. Fiat 500L and Ford B-max were introduced in 2012 and are now the number 1 and 2 of the segment, knocking Opel Meriva off the top spot. With the European population aging, this segment will show even more growth in the future, as these models are very popular among the elderly carbuyers, because of their high seating position. Marketed mainly towards young families, the target group tends to prefer small SUVs for their style or mid-sized MPVs for their practicality.

Fiat 500L has been a welcome addition to the Fiat 500-family and has helped its utterly forgettable predecessor Idea to do exactly that: be forgotten quickly. In its home market Italy, it has been outselling its namegiver for three consecutive months and has been on the podium twice. Half of its European sales come from outside Italy, which may be more than any other large Fiat has accomplished since Fiat 127 in the seventies. Even in the US, the Serbian-built MPV has helped offset falling sales of the original Fiat 500 to keep Fiat brand sales flat year-to-date. Maybe this incredibly funny commercial “I’ve got my hose in the back” has got anything to do with it.… Continue Reading …