Two important players in the compact segment in Europe will be renewed next year: the Opel/Vauxhall has just arrived in showrooms in November/December and the Renault Megane will follow in March. Both models play a big role in their segment and are important for the volume of their respective brands.
With the traditional and distant leader of the compact segment Volkswagen Golf vulnerable as a result of the Diesel Schandal, and the facelifted Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia no longer the freshest models in the top of the ranking, the Astra is predicted to take a significant bite out of the dominance of the Golf with just over 300.000 sales and take second place of the segment. Meanwhile, with customer deliveries not expected to fully take off before Q2, the Megane should rack up just below 200.000 sales in 2016, enough for a top-5 position ahead of the Peugeot 308. [Read more…]