Auto sales in Europe are up 5% in January 2014, when compared to previous January. Similar to the 2013 full year data, small SUV’s and crossovers are the hottest segment, up 81% thanks to new model introductions. In fact, when we look at the all-new models, the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 take the top two spots, with the Chevrolet Trax in fourth position.
The midsized crossover Suzuki S-Cross makes a splashing entrance as well, already outselling its smaller sibling the SX4 for the third time in its five months on the market.
While non-premium cars are up 6%, sales of premium and luxury cars are up just 3%. But that doesn’t stop some premium models from making waves in the ranking. The Mercedes-Benz CLA is the third best selling all-new model, underscoring the success this model is enjoying. Mercedes-Benz is struggling to meet demand, as the CLA’s success is not limited to Europe, they are selling like hot cakes in the United States, China and other markets as well. And what about the new generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class? It sold 3,5 times as many cars in Europe than in January 2013. [Read more…]