European sales 2017-Q1 Premium Midsized segment

Midsized_Premium_car-segment-European-sales-2016_Q2-Mercedes_Benz_C_Class-Audi_A4-BMW_3_seriesThe premium midsized car segment in Europe increased slightly faster than the overall market in the first quarter of 2017, at +9%. This is also significantly better than the growth of the mainstream midsized segment, which was down by 12%. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class extends its lead of the segment with an increase of 17%, but keep in mind this includes the coupe and convertible versions, which are split off into different nameplates at its direct rivals. The BMW 3-series is only in third place of the ranking, but BMW is still the best selling brand in this class thanks to the additional volume of the 4-Series coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe, with Audi a very close second with its A4 and A5, leaving Mercedes-Benz in third place. Audi is growing fast this quarter, as both the A4 and A5 have been renewed and grow faster than the overall segment.

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Alfa_Romeo_Giulia-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeBehind the German Big 3, Volvo is still best of the rest and even manages to keep its share of the segment stable as the already 7-year old S60 and V60 grow at the same speed as the rest of the segment. The Jaguar XE has already peaked and is down 12%, with its 7th place under threat as the Alfa Romeo Giulia outsold the XE in January and February and is only back down to 8th thanks to the Jaguar’s monster month in the UK in March. Expect to find the Giulia to move back up one spot in the next few months. The DS5 is the biggest loser in the top-10 witha a loss of 40%, almost outsold by the Lexus IS.

The Volkswagen CC will be replaced by the Arteon this year, and the C-Class and IS will be facelifted, but the big news won’t arrive until 2018: the next generation 3-Series.

Also check out the premium midsized car segment in the US, where the BMW 3-Series and 4-Series combined also still lead the ranking ahead of the C-Class

  Premium midsized car segment 2017-Q1 2016-Q1 Change
1 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 49.165 42.103 17%
2 Audi A4 / S4 / RS4 40.241 36.578 10%
3 BMW 3-series 37.455 38.301 -2%
4 BMW 4-series 18.052 17.684 2%
5 Audi A5 / S5 / RS5 14.357 12.682 13%
6 Volvo S60/V60 13.481 12.412 9%
7 Jaguar XE 7.202 8.184 -12%
8 Alfa Romeo Giulia 6.650 19 New
9 DS5 1.844 3.062 -40%
10 Lexus IS 1.746 1.762 -1%
11 Infiniti Q50 609 611 0%
12 Volkswagen CC 524 1.776 -70%
13 Lexus RC 303 0 New
  Segment total 191.629 175.174 9%

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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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Comments

  1. Martin C says:

    Oh dear. I’ve owneed a Mercedes C200d. What a nightmare it was.

  2. Pedro says:

    The Giulia is doing amazingly!!
    If they launched a station wagon I bet it would surpass the Volvo models.

    • Fokker says:

      Yes, I would love a Giulia wagon. But nooo, they had to decide that Stelvio is going to fill that niche…

  3. Olaf Roemer says:

    Why I can’t see here Mondeo, Passat, Superb, Insignia, japanese Avensis, Mazda 6, Accord? I40 and Optima also?
    What makes these cars less “premium” then above models?
    Superb share a lot with Audi A4, same engines, gear, etc… It’s bigger, more comfortable, and not cheaper (model Laurent & Klement can be even more expencive, up to 65.000 €, even more). Something about Passat? What about japanese offer? Quality is missing?
    If something is a bit cheaper does not mean that it’s not premium.
    Put all these cars in same segment. Do not separate them.

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