European sales 2017-Q1 small crossover segment

Small_crossover-segment-European-sales-2016-Renault_Captur-Peugeot_2008-Opel_MokkaThe small crossover segment continues to boom again outgrowing the overall market by a 2-to-1 ratio at +16% to 435.000 sales. The small crossover segment is already almost as large in terms of unit sales than the compact and midsized crossover segments combined. And new models will continue to enter the segment, so don’t expect this growth curve to flatten anytime soon. Meanwhile, the Renault Captur holds on to the segment leadership it has held ever since its launch, but does so by the skin of its teeth. With sales virtually stable as a facelift is imminent, the Captur feels the already facelifted Peugeot 2008 breathing down its neck thanks to an 18% increase, now just 1.200 sales behind the leader. In third place we stil find the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X, up 12% and distancing the top-3 players from the rest of the segment.

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Toyota_CHR-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe hottest newcomer storming up the charts is the Toyota C-HR, already in 5th place just behind the Dacia Duster. This is quite an impressive launch for a model with such polarizing design. In fact, the C-HR’s design may be more polarizing than that of the Nissan Juke, the segment’s grandfather and due for a redesign but still up by 2%. One of only 2 models to lose volume in the top-10 is the Fiat 500X, back down to 7th place, one spot above its platform sibling Jeep Renegade which continues to grow. Surprisingly, the Italian-American Renegade is more dependent on the twins’ home market Italy than the “real” Italian 500X, at 51,1% vs 48,2%. The Ford Ecosport continues its improvement after a slow start to enter the top-10, leapfrogging the Citroën C4 Cactus (down 14%) and the Skoda Yeti (down 5%). The Mazda CX-3 appears to have hit its ceiling with sales down 3% again, but manages to stay ahead of fellow Japanese rivals Mitsubishi ASX and Honda HR-V. Newcomer Kia Niro hybrid enters the top-15, ahead of the recently facelifted Suzuki S-Cross. Among the fastest growing models we also find a surprise: the antediluvian “cult-car” Lada Niva, up 24%.

In 2017 the new product onslaught will continue thanks to VW Group and Hyundai-Kia: we will finally see the long-awaited Polo crossover (Taigun?), although that may not be in showrooms until 2018, as first Seat will bring the Arona based on the new Ibiza, and Skoda its version to be named Karoq. The replacements to the MPVs Hyundai ix20 (named Kona) and Kia Venga (names Stonic?) will become crossovers too, making the South-Koreans compete in this segment too, at last. Nissan will also present the second generation Juke and at the end of the year Dacia may show the new Duster, but that won’t hit the market until 2018, just like the next gen Mitsubishi ASX which will become a bit smaller to make room for the Eclipse Cross between it and the Outlander. MG will enter the segment with the XS, which is called ZS in China, but the name MG ZS has already been used in Europe for the sporty versions of the Rover 45. The Vitara will be facelifted this year, as well as the EcoSport.

Also check out the subcompact crossover segment in the US, where the Jeep Renegade is the distant leader while its sibling Fiat 500X can now officially be called a flop.

  Small SUV segment 2017-Q1 2016-Q1 Change
1 Renault Captur 54.931 54.179 1%
2 Peugeot 2008 53.744 45.549 18%
3 Opel/Vauxhall Mokka 49.048 43.965 12%
4 Dacia Duster 35.862 34.774 3%
5 Toyota C-HR 31.783 0 New
6 Nissan Juke 29.291 28.618 2%
7 Fiat 500X 27.467 28.866 -5%
8 Jeep Renegade 21.302 18.952 12%
9 Suzuki Vitara 19.481 20.656 -6%
10 Ford Ecosport 18.454 14.701 26%
11 Citroën C4 Cactus 17.890 20.839 -14%
12 Skoda Yeti 14.460 15.153 -5%
13 Mazda CX-3 13.501 13.975 -3%
14 Mitsubishi ASX 10.931 11.441 -4%
15 Honda HR-V 9.948 8.980 11%
16 Kia Niro 8.837 2 New
17 Suzuki S-Cross 7.789 5.062 54%
18 Suzuki Jimny 3.464 3.072 13%
19 Kia Soul 3.278 3.334 -2%
20 SsangYong Tivoli 2.424 2.853 -15%
21 Lada Niva 543 439 24%
22 SsangYong XLV 513 0 New
23 Suzuki SX4 239 63 279%
24 Chevrolet Trax 7 9 -22%
25 Fiat Sedici 1 1 0%
  Segment total 435.187 375.498 16%

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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. Hi Bart.

    The Skoda Karoq is a rebadged Seat Ateca, so it will be a midsize crossover. Skoda will totally have a B segment crossover though, although they’ll probably have to wait untill 2018.

    • Bart Demandt says:

      Hi Tuga,

      thanks for this information, I must have misunderstood their model policy.

  2. Hi Bart,
    Correct me if I’m wrong but you agreed to change CH-R and Niro to Compact-SUV segment at the end of 2016 if I remember well ?
    Their length and price is indeed very close to the Nissan Qashqai.

    Besides, Toyota and Kia have indeed new projects destined to the B-SUV segment in the following years.

    Thanks!

    • Losange says:

      I second this, C-HR and Niro are compact crossovers/SUVs.

      Weird to see the EcoSport doing better than the C4 Cactus, Yeti, CX-3 and HR-V. The facelift didn’t change its South-American quality.

  3. Rick M says:

    #21 Should be Citroen C4 Aircross 😉

    • Losange says:

      Yes, the divide between the Mitsubishi ASX and its relatives Citroen C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008 is strange.

  4. the new Polo-based small crossover from VW will be officially called T-Roc !

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