European sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Minicar segment

Minicar-segment-European-sales-2016_Q2-Fiat_Panda-Fiat_500-Volkswagen_UpWith a bit of a delay we’ll start with the European segment analyses for the first three quarters of 2016, starting of course with the minicar segment. After growing 5% in the first half of the year, sales of Europe’s smallest cars have dropped in Q3, reducing the year-to-date growth rate to just 1%. The slowdown of the Volkswagen Up! and the Fiat Panda are largely responsible for this, and this has enabled the Fiat 500 to outsell its sibling in Q3 and threaten it for the segment’s full year top position which it has held since 2013. The third place of the Up! appears unthreatened, but the Renault Twingo has dropped from 4th place in the first half to 6th place after nine months after being outsold by the Toyota Aygo and Hyundai i10. The latter of these two was the #3 seller of the segment in Q3, even topping the little VW. The Lancia Ypsilon holds on to its 7th place, but all five of its closest challengers in places 8 to 12 were within 150 sales of each other in Q3 and all outsold the Ypsilon this quarter.

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The Kia Picanto has reclaimed 12th place from the Opel/Vauxhall Adam and the Skoda Citigo outsold the Smart Forfour by a significant margin in Q3 and looks set to overtake it by the end of the year, and the same can be said of the Suzuki Celerio vs. the Mitsubishi Space Star.

  Minicar segment 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 Change
1 Fiat Panda 145.799 129.156 13%
2 Fiat 500 145.123 141.605 2%
3 Volkswagen Up! 74.667 81.713 -9%
4 Toyota Aygo 66.169 66.531 -1%
5 Hyundai i10 66.142 67.166 -2%
6 Renault Twingo 64.757 72.214 -10%
7 Lancia/Chrysler Ypsilon 52.529 46.226 14%
8 Peugeot 108 51.166 54.597 -6%
9 Smart Fortwo 50.998 41.191 24%
10 Citroën C1 50.398 50.345 0%
11 Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva 47.509 15.579 205%
12 Kia Picanto 43.117 42.603 1%
13 Opel/Vauxhall Adam 40.638 43.807 -7%
14 Smart Forfour 29.163 30.929 -6%
15 Skoda Citigo 28.941 30.348 -5%
16 Mitsubishi Space Star 22.003 23.186 -5%
17 Suzuki Celerio 21.466 19.176 12%
18 Ford Ka 20.750 38.642 -46%
19 Seat Mii 15.653 18.579 -16%
20 Peugeot iOn 1.472 1.027 43%
21 Citroën C-Zero 1.051 671 57%
22 Citroën E-Mehari 527 0 New
23 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 393 586 -33%
24 Toyota iQ 172 123 40%
25 Mitsubishi Attrage 156 312 -50%
26 Chevrolet Spark 95 453 -79%
27 Opel/Vauxhall Agila 14 2.033 -99%
28 Suzuki Splash 10 2.511 -100%
29 Peugeot 107 4 84 -95%
30 Suzuki Alto 4 5.643 -100%
31 Tata Indica 3 43 -93%
  Segment total 1.040.889 1.027.079 1%

Also check out the minicar segment in the US where the Chevrolet Spark (the US version of the Karl/Viva) takes the lead from the Mini Cooper.

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