European sales 2017-Q1 Subcompact car segment

Subcompact_car-segment-European-sales-2017-Ford_Fiesta-Renault_Clio-Volkswagen_PoloSales of subcompact cars in Europe grew by 10% in the first quarter of 2017, faster than the overall market growth of 7,8%, and it remains the largest segment in Europe by a large margin, at more than 793.000 sales. This growth is fueled by a number of renewed or facelifted models, but also by continued strength of older models. At the top of the ranking, we have once again a change of guard as the Ford Fiesta reclaims its top position after being outsold by the Renault Clio in the full year 2017. The Fiesta is traditionally strong in Q1 thanks to its popularity in the UK and it therefore benefits from large volumes in March. In fact, this March the Fiesta was even the best selling nameplate overall, even ahead of the VW Golf, even despite being due for replacement this year. The Clio is still the fastest growing model in the top-5 and overtakes the Volkswagen Polo when compared to Q1 of 2016.

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Citroen_C3-2017-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Opel/Vauxhall Corsa remains in fourth place as its closest rival Peugeot 208 is one of just 3 models in the top-15 to lose volume.Big winner is the new generation Citroën C3, storming up the charts to #6 ahead of the Toyota Yaris, while the Dacia Sandero continues to improve, moving ahead of the much fresher Skoda Fabia. With a new generation around the corner, the Seat Ibiza loses 9% of its volume, but should be able to make up for that later this year. The Hyundai i20 still seems stuck outside the top-10 and now feels the new generation Nissan Micra breathing down its neck. The Micra was #10 in March and finally has the looks and the size to seriously compete in this segment, so it will be interesting to see how high it can climb.

The Kia Rio has also just been renewed and improves 16%, while the newcomer Ford Ka+ enters the top-15 thanks to a strong performance in March. The all-electric Renault Zoe, thanks to its upgraded battery with longer range, has now connected wiht the mainstream models thanks to a 53% increase in sales. It’s ahead of the Suzuki Swift, which did not yet benefit from its next generation which entered showrooms in April. The Swift may also be cannibalized by the Suzuki Baleno, which is larger and more practical compared to the more sporty Swift.

Also check out the subcompact car segment in the US, where the Nissan Versa and Kia Soul still lead but are losing with doube digits.

  Subcompact segment 2017-Q1 2016-Q1 Change
1 Ford Fiesta 91.864 84.272 9%
2 Renault Clio 86.999 77.389 12%
3 Volkswagen Polo 82.943 81.481 2%
4 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 76.222 73.620 4%
5 Peugeot 208 66.671 68.416 -3%
6 Citroën C3 56.384 35.466 59%
7 Toyota Yaris 52.956 52.673 1%
8 Dacia Sandero 47.721 41.570 15%
9 Skoda Fabia 46.118 42.657 8%
10 Seat Ibiza 29.781 32.613 -9%
11 Hyundai i20 26.232 23.628 11%
12 Nissan Micra 21.643 17.782 22%
13 Kia Rio 20.505 17.638 16%
14 Fiat Punto 15.111 16.238 -7%
15 Ford Ka+ 14.802 0 New
16 Dacia Logan 12.420 12.705 -2%
17 Honda Jazz 11.523 12.065 -4%
18 Mazda2 9.932 11.395 -13%
19 Renault Zoe 8.833 5.764 53%
20 Suzuki Swift 8.197 12.728 -36%
21 Suzuki Baleno 5.831 48 New
22 MG3 796 929 -14%
23 Lada Granta 120 104 15%
24 Peugeot 207 2 9 -78%
25 Chevrolet Aveo 1 29 -97%
26 Mitsubishi Colt 1 0
  Segment total 793.488 721.115 10%

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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. Rick M says:

    Clearly 27.000 Fiesta’s in one month (March) in one market (UK) brought it the Q1 #1 spot.
    A ‘normal’ March would have seen it fight for #4 with the Corsa. Still respectable for a 8 year old model.

    As a side note: It surprising to see how ‘old’ B-segment vehicles such as the Polo, Fiesta, Corsa and 208 remain so popular on the Old Continent. In the USA and Japan they would have been drastically overhauled / totally replaced after 3 or 4 years.

    Curious to see the Polo replacement. Even more the 2019 Clio. From then on the whole Renault range will benefit from a different and high-quality interior approach. Source: Laurens van den Acker.

  2. Losange says:

    Great to see the rise of the C3. At least the French are trying to keep this segment appealing.

    • Rick M says:

      Agree Losange. Have to say that ‘live” the C3 really is a nice & funky car. Especially when you see it parked surrounded by other B segment cars its high & expressive front makes it stand-out. I like the interior too.

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