European sales 2017-Q1 Minicar segment

Minicar-segment-European-sales-2016_Q2-Fiat_Panda-Fiat_500-Volkswagen_UpSales of minicars in Europe lost 5% in the first quarter of 2017 with 360.000 units sold, compared to an overall market growth of 7,8%. Fiat remains segment leader with two models on top, and both outgroing the rest of the segment, to increase its total share to 31,5%. After reclaiming the lead from its sibling Fiat 500, the Fiat Panda consolidates its first place, but once again it is extremely dependent on its home market Italy which accounts for 81,8% of its total European sales (up from 78,4% in 2016-Q1), compared to “just” 31,6% for the 500. In third place we still find the Volkswagen Up!, but the Toyota Aygo is just 700 units behind after taking third place in February. And the Hyundai i10 isn’t far away in fifth place either, after being the fastest growing model in the segment top-10.

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Kia_Picanto-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAfter the top-5 which all grow their volume, we see three French models to lose volume and share: the Renault Twingo and the siblings of the Aygo: Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1. The recently renewed Kia Picanto is up 12% and passes the Smart Fortwo and the Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva, the latter of which loses almost a quarter of its volume compared to last year. This is in sharp contrast to its sister model Adam, which remains impressively stable. Newcomer Suzuki Ignis comes in with a bang at #13, immediately outselling its more practical and more affordable but utterly soulless sibling Celerio by a large margin without cannibalizing. The Up! increases the gap with its clones as the Skoda Citigo is almost stable and the Seat Mii is one of the biggest losers in the segment with a loss of 26%, casting even more doubt of the added value of this nameplate.

There won’t be a lot of news in the minicar segment for 2017, with only the Kia Picanto getting a complete overhaul. Furthermore the Opel/Vauxhall Adam will be facelifted and Smart will launch electric versions of its Fortwo and Forfour.

Also check out the minicar segment in the US, where the Mitsubishi Mirage (Space Star in Europe) has taken over the lead from the Chevrolet Spark (Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva in Europe).

  Minicar segment 2017-Q1 2016-Q1 Change
1 Fiat Panda 59.189 56.351 5%
2 Fiat 500 54.505 53.327 2%
3 Volkswagen Up! 26.961 25.742 5%
4 Toyota Aygo 26.207 23.712 11%
5 Hyundai i10 24.803 21.951 13%
6 Renault Twingo 20.432 21.662 -6%
7 Peugeot 108 18.390 18.961 -3%
8 Citroën C1 17.002 18.322 -7%
9 Kia Picanto 16.850 15.034 12%
10 Smart Fortwo 16.753 16.652 1%
11 Opel Karl / Vauxhall Viva 15.050 19.602 -23%
12 Opel/Vauxhall Adam 13.577 14.200 -4%
13 Suzuki Ignis 11.804 0 New
14 Skoda Citigo 9.504 9.390 1%
15 Smart Forfour 8.981 10.816 -17%
16 Mitsubishi Space Star / Mirage 7.731 7.647 1%
17 Suzuki Celerio 7.611 7.485 2%
18 Seat Mii 3.954 5.322 -26%
19 Peugeot iOn 651 561 16%
20 Citroën C-Zero 275 418 -34%
21 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 124 68 82%
22 Ford Ka 86 10.409 -99%
23 Citroën E-Mehari 73 63 16%
24 DR Zero 68 56 21%
25 Mitsubishi Attrage 39 73 -47%
26 Chevrolet Spark 1 79 -99%
27 Opel/Vauxhall Agila 1 6 -83%
28 Peugeot 107 1 1 0%
29 Suzuki Alto 1 1 0%
  Segment total 360.624 377.863 -5%

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Car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.

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  1. Losange says:

    Fiat deserves all the compliments. ‘Good old’ Panda does a better job than the PSA/Toyota and VAG triplets.

    • @Losange -> still Panda sales are totally based on Italian market. AND Italian people love small cars more than anyone. AND Panda is the cheapest car (car-rental sales). But still, bravo for Fiat for finding it’s niche:)

      • Losange says:

        Of course Fiat depends on the Italian market, but Toyota is the only brand out of the two triplets without a home market in Europe. There are a lot of European countries (e.g. Belgium, Portugal, The Netherlands) in which small Fiats perform better than certain members of the PSA/Toyota and VAG triplets.

  2. Isn’t Twingo getting the same electric version as Smart?

    • Bart Demandt says:

      Hi ToJa,
      I haven’t seen or heard any confirmation about the Twingo getting an electric version, only rumors so far. On one hand it would make sense, because the two models are built on the same platform and I believe the Forfour will use some of Renault’s EV components like the electric motor, but on the other hand Renault already has the Twizy, Zoe and Kangoo EVs, so what would a short-range Twingo EV add to that, except for a lower price point?

  3. Choose says:

    Where are the sales figures for the Lancia Ypsilon?

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