European sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Minicar segment


Minicar-segment-european-sales-2015-Q3-Fiat_PandaAfter the first nine months of 2015 the minicar segment is still up by 10%, as it has been all year. It has been helped by a number of newcomers and model changes, which have also slightly eaten into the share of the segment leader Fiat 500, which sees flat sales as it’s been updated ever so slightly. Fiat obviously doesn’t want to mess too much with the model that’s kept it afloat for the last half a decade. The 500’s sibling Fiat Panda does better than the overall segment and closes in on the #1 spot it held until 2012.

The Volkswagen Up! has shaken off the Renault Twingo which had closed in on third place after the first half, but the little VW is still down 16% on last year, while the Twingo is up 22%. The Hyundai i10 has consolidated its fourth place these last three months as it’s being challenged by the all-new Toyota Aygo, which is followed by its clones Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1. That means the Lancia Ypsilon (only 4 Chrysler Ypsilons were sold in Q3) is kicked down into ninth place, just ahead of the car that tries to capture a similar hip and trendy audience: the Opel/Vauxhall Adam. Originally expected to sell about 45.000 units a year, the Adam has already virtually hit that target in just nine months this year and can therefore be called a success story for the troubled GM brands.


The Smart Fortwo has improved from -9% after six months to almost into the black, but has still lost a position to the Kia Picanto. The Fortwo is obviously held back by the success of the four-door and four-seater Forfour, which is only two spots behind, albeit at ¾ of its little brother’s volume. Suzuki-Celerio-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAfter a couple of very impressive quarters, the Mitsubishi Space Star has fallen flat in Q3, selling just 5.800 units, which would put it in 19th place of the segment instead of its current 16th spot. For now, it’s held off the Suzuki Celerio, which can’t seem to match the success of its predecessor Alto. This could be a result of intensified competition in the segment, but also because of the brand’s decision to develop a 100% rational model, with above average room for the passengers and luggage, but a very uninspired and not very frivolous design, as opposed to the more successful models in the segment.

In 19th place we find the Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva duo, who took a 13th spot for the quarter, indicating they may be fighting for a top-10 position in 2016, something General Motors has surely been aiming for.

The EV-trio Peugeot iOn, Citroën C-Zero and Mitsubishi i-MiEV have all three improved, despite the availability of better and more advanced competition, most notably the Renault Zoe.

2015 January-September minicar sales Europe

Minicar segment Jan-Sep 2015 Jan-Sep 2014 Change
1. Fiat 500 141.605 139.762 1%
2. Fiat Panda 129.156 113.292 14%
3. Volkswagen Up! 81.713 97.325 -16%
4. Renault Twingo 72.214 58.959 22%
5. Hyundai i10 67.166 63.708 5%
6. Toyota Aygo 66.531 49.848 33%
7. Peugeot 108 54.597 13.499 304%
8. Citroën C1 50.345 36.778 37%
9. Lancia/Chrysler Ypsilon 46.226 48.416 -5%
10. Opel/Vauxhall Adam 43.807 42.079 4%
11. Kia Picanto 42.603 40.559 5%
12. Smart Fortwo 41.191 41.707 -1%
13. Ford Ka 38.642 42.364 -9%
14. Smart Forfour 30.929 38 new
15. Skoda Citigo 30.348 31.796 -5%
16. Mitsubishi Space Star / Mirage 23.186 14.846 56%
17. Suzuki Celerio 19.176 19 new
18. Seat Mii 18.579 18.141 2%
19. Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva 15.548 0 new
20. Suzuki Alto 5.643 22.451 -75%
21. Suzuki Splash 2.511 11.154 -77%
22. Opel/Vauxhall Agila 2.033 10.376 -80%
23. Peugeot iOn 1.027 409 151%
24. Citroën C-Zero 671 560 20%
25. Mitsubishi i-MiEV 586 517 13%
26. Chevrolet Spark 453 9.767 -95%
21. Mitsubishi Attrage 312 0 new
22. Toyota iQ 123 3.247 -96%
23. Peugeot 107 84 24.169 -100%
24. Tata Indica 43 254 -83%
Segment total 1.027.048 936.181 10%


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  1. Ypsilon a minicar? Really? Despite being a bit shorter than the average subcompact, its pricing is that of a typical B-segment car like the Clio, Yaris and Polo. The Ypsilon’s size outdoes most superminis.

    The reincarnation of the 500 was a great move made by Fiat. It’s clear the 500 has a different target group than the Panda. Italy dominates! This is one of the reasons Honda struggles in Europe. You need a compact car.

    • Bart Demandt says:

      Hi Losange,
      I agree with you that the Ypsilon is a bit longer than the average minicar, but it is still quite a bit narrower than a subcompact car. So that may put it somewhere in between the segments, and considering it sits on the same platform as the Fiat 500 and Panda and the Ford Ka (called Fiat Mini platform), I’d say it’s closer to a minicar than to a subcompact.

      • You’re right about the Ypsilon standing on an island between the segments. Personally I would not even think about comparing the Ypsilon with superminis if I were to buy the Lancia. I would rather compare it to the Clio, Mazda2 and Corsa etcetera. Most car magazines and websites do the same thing.

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