European sales 2016 Q1 large MPV segment

Large_MPV-segment-European-sales-2016_Q1-Ford_S_Max-Renault_Espace-Seat_AlhambraAfter years of steady declines, the large MPV segment in Europe is finally revitalized in the first quarter of 2016 thanks to an injection of fresh products. The Ford S-Max returns to former glory of leading the segment from 2007 to 2011, as it takes firm control again in 2016. The S-Max was the best selling model in the segment for each of the past 3 months, ahead of the Renault Espace, coming out of the very deep hole of its aging predecessor to be the fastest growing model in the segment with sales up almost tenfold. With both the S-Max and the Espace sacrificing interior space for design, it leaves you wondering what the added value of this segment is. There are now plenty of 7-seater alternatives in the midsized MPV segment, which are easier to park and more fuel efficient. I guess these boutique MPVs are doing exactly what Ford and Renault had hoped they would do: since they can’t beat the German premium brands with sedans, the MPVs offer the mainstream brands an out-of-the-box competitor which attracts those looking for something different than the crowd. That also explains why most Espace buyers opt for the top-of-the-line Initiale Paris version and why Ford is launching the Vignale luxury line on the S-Max and Galaxy.

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Ford_Galaxy-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeDespite the increased competition, the Seat Alhambra improves 17% after already growing 19% in all of 2015. As a result, the Volkswagen Sharan, last year’s leader is leapfrogged by its clone and relegated to fourth place with sales down 13%. The share of the two VW Group twins has dropped from a whopping 62,5% in Q1 of 2015 to 36,9%, while Ford now controls 41,5% with its two models. The Ford Galaxy has also been renewed and has doubled its volume, but isn’t storming the charts as the S-Max does, which leaves me wondering what the added value for this Europe-only model is. Or should I say “almost UK-only”, considering more than two thirds of Galaxy’s are sold in the UK…

Also check out the Minivan segment in the US, where the Toyota Sienna keeps the aging Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country (Voyager) behind it.

Large MPV segment 2016 Q1 2015 Q1 Change
1 Ford S-Max 10.904 4.088 167%
2 Renault Espace 7.844 797 884%
3 Seat Alhambra 7.185 6.164 17%
4 Volkswagen Sharan 7.015 8.079 -13%
5 Ford Galaxy 5.082 2.580 97%
6 SsangYong Rodius / Stavic 446 307 45%
7 Lancia/Chrysler Voyager 50 687 -93%
8 Peugeot 807 4 45 -91%
Segment total 38.530 22.804 69%


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  1. Ford and the others have not chances agains Espace’s offensive.Will be the same in midsize mpv segment after launching of the new grand scenic version!

  2. In some charts Renault even position Espace in “E” segment. This proves Bart’s assumption that this is not a Van but a form of luxury car. This is kind of segment D crossover.

    Myself I would choose Espace in exchange of Talisman.

  3. Losange says:

    When the Espace continues to grow at this pace I predict it will finish 2016 as the segment leader.

    FCA should sell the Pacifica Hybrid in Europe. The Voyager was very popular over the years so there are probably enough potential buyers. The Fiat Freemont/Dodge Journey is an SUV and was never a real alternative for current Voyager drivers.

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