European sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Midsized SUV segment

European-car-sales-statistics-midsized-crossover-segment-2014-Nissan_Qashqai-X_TrailSales of midsized SUVs and crossovers stay hot, improving their growth rate from 11% in the first half to +13% after three quarters. Of the top-7 players, only one loses volume on last year, and that’s just a shy 1%. The Nissan Qashqai has been the traditional leader of the segment, consistently selling over 200.000 units a year for the past 5 years and 2015 is going to make its 6 in a row, with more than likely a new volume record for the model and in fact for any midsized SUV nameplate. Thanks to the new generation, the Qashqai grows faster than the rest of the segment at +15% to almost 180.000 units in 9 months. And note that this is without the extended Qashqai+2 version, which has been replaced by the X-Trail. The latter is the fastest growing model of the segment and has moved into the #11 position so far this year.

The Volkswagen Tiguan surprisingly recovers from its slow first half of the year to boost sales by 20,8% in Q3 thanks to sell-out pricing of the outgoing model which will be replaced in 2016. The rest of the top-10 is stable as well, with the Kia Sportage benefiting from its facelift, despite having already released images of the upcoming new generation. Surprisingly, the Hyundai ix35 also remains relatively stable at +11% year-to-date and just -9,4% in Q3 while its replacement Hyundai Tucson is already widely available and scored a respectable 6th place in September, just behind the ix35. As the latter will continue its slowdown, the Ford Kuga has a shot at finishing the year in 4th place, also thanks to being the fastest growing model in the top-9.

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Mitsubishi_Outlander-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAfter losing its 6th spot to the Skoda Yeti in the first half, the Toyota RAV4 is now under threat from the Mazda CX-5, outselling the RAV4 by 2.000 units in Q3. That would be a nice little victory for the small Japanese manufacturer over its much larger rival. Surprisingly, the already 5-year-old Mitsubishi ASX manages to add more than a third to its volume of last year and looks set to leapfrog the recently facelifted Honda CR-V by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the ASX’s larger sibling Mitsubishi Outlander has been overtaken by the above mentioned Nissan X-Trail, as the Outlander was waiting for a facelift at the end of Q3, which will solve one of the biggest issues that I and from what I hear many others as well have with the model: its looks.

The all-new Renault Kadjar is already in 14th place of the segment with over 20.000 sales, and a 7th place in September with over 6.000 units, despite being restrained by capacity shortages and long waiting lists for new orders. By the end of the year, the Kadjar should be able to overtake the Suzuki S-Cross, and it will be interesting to see how the battle with the Tucson will unfold next year.

2015 January – September midsized crossover sales Europe

Midsized SUV segment Jan-Sep 2015 Jan-Sep 2014 Change
1. Nissan Qashqai 179.804 155.845 15%
2. Volkswagen Tiguan 112.732 113.819 -1%
3. Kia Sportage 81.926 72.899 12%
4. Hyundai ix35 78.199 70.488 11%
5. Ford Kuga 75.554 63.615 19%
6. Skoda Yeti 50.845 47.654 7%
7. Toyota RAV4 43.458 41.180 6%
8. Mazda CX-5 43.344 44.753 -3%
9. Honda CR-V 35.903 37.975 -5%
10. Mitsubishi ASX 35.281 26.155 35%
11. Nissan X-Trail 31.345 8.852 254%
12. Mitsubishi Outlander 31.085 25.219 23%
13. Suzuki S-Cross 23.047 29.969 -23%
14. Renault Kadjar 20.826 0 New
15. Hyundai Tucson 11.066 0 New
16. Subaru Forester 11.036 10.466 5%
17. Fiat Freemont 10.613 13.241 -20%
18. Jeep Cherokee 9.863 5.445 81%
19. Citroën C4 Aircross 8.640 8.951 -3%
20. Subaru XV 7.256 7.890 -8%
21. Opel/Vauxhall Antara 5.931 6.861 -14%
22. SsangYong Korando 4.827 3.513 37%
23. Jeep Wrangler 4.641 3.989 16%
24. Renault Koleos 4.425 5.550 -20%
25. Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.435 4.805 -49%
26. Peugeot 4008 1.885 1.949 -3%
27. Jeep Compass 540 4.326 -88%
28. DR5 132 54 144%
29. Chevrolet Captiva 49 2.855 -98%
Segment total 926.688 818.335 13%

 

Also check out the 2015-H1 compact SUV segment in the United States.

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Comments

  1. Nice to read these kind of articles. Personally I wouldn’t put cars like the Kuga, Outlander and X-Trail in this segment, because they’re much larger (in length and height) in comparison with for example the Yeti and ASX/C4 Aircross/4008.

    I’m surprised about the figures of the Kuga. Never seen one on the road…

    • Bart Demandt says:

      I see your point there, Losange. And I agree with you, but that would mean “creating” a new segment, as I think the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and especially cars like the Mitsubishi Pajero and Toyota Land Cruiser are in a further apart from the Outlander than the ASX is.
      But I’m always open to input from others on this point, so let’s hear it.

    • Dear Bart, Large SUV segment should include Fiat Freemont, beside this Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero/Shogun and Jeep Wrangler should be classified in a new segment named Off-Road, also considering FCA target, Jeep Cherokee should be in the midsized premium SUV segment, cheers.

  2. Hi Bart, I understand your reasoning and I agree, cars like the Pajero are different. Those cars are all-terrain vehicles and not so much SUVs.

Let me know what you think of this article. Thanks!

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