The growth of the large passenger van segment in Europe slows down but is still in double digit territory thanks to ongoing success of existing models and a rejuvenation of a number of players. A 14% growth in Q3 brings the year-to-date figure for the first nine months of 2017 to nearly 196.000 sales, up 28% on the year before. The dominant segment leaders Volkswagen Transporter T6 and its luxury derivative Multivan continue to lose share with a 1% decline in sales in the third quater and just a 3% gain so far this year. VW’s share of the segment has reduced from almost one third of the segment to just over a quarter (from 32,7% to 26,4%). They still sell over double the volume of their closest rival, which was the Fiat Ducato in Q2 and Q3 thanks to campervan sales. The Ducato improves by 17% in the third quarter to outsell the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, but not by a large margin. Its year-to-date lead is large enough to be comfortable in 2nd place, even if we know its Q4 sales are traditionally half of those in Q3. Combining sales of the luxury V-Class with those of its more utilitarian version Vito Tourer, as VW does as well, Mercedes-Benz would be in 2nd place, still almost 12.000 sales behind the segment leader. [Read more…]
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe continue their double digit growth thanks to ongoing success of existing models and a rejuvenation of a number of players. A 36% growth in Q2 brings the first half 2017 figure to 137.832 sales, up 34% on the year before. The three top sellers all grow slower than the segment and lose share but remain dominant with a combined 54,9% share (down from 68,3%). The Volkswagen Transporter T6 and its luxury derivative Multivan add just 5% to their sales of last year and lose 7,2 percentage point of market share, but still sell more than 50% more than their closest rival. Even when combining the Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer with its luxury derivative V-Class, Volkswagen maintains a comfortable lead. And while VW may lose share, its volume is still growing despite the increased competition from the all-new PSA-Toyota vans. The Fiat Ducato reclaims the 2nd spot in Q2 as it is boosted by sales of camper vans in spring and beginning of summer, a segment in which the Ducato is ultra dominant.
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe continue their double digit growth thanks to ongoing success of existing models and a rejuvenation of a number of players. The three top sellers all grow slower than the segment and lose share but remain dominant with a combined 54,6% share (down from 68,6%). The Volkswagen Transporter T6 and its luxury derivative Multivan add just 3% to their sales of last year but still sell more than twice the volume of their closest rival. Even when combining the Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer with its luxury derivative V-Class, Volkswagen maintains a comfortable lead. The Fiat Ducato in third place still depends on campervan conversions for most of its sales. However, the Ducato would be off the podium if we combined sales of the Renault quadruplets Trafic, Vivaro, Talento and all-new NV300.
The large passenger van segment in Europe was very dynamic in 2016, with a handful of new models entering the segment and a 21% gain in overall sales to 200.000 units, as the entire top-5 showed double digit increases. The Volkswagen T6 Transporter/Multivan stays dominant with a third of all sales in this segment. Even if we combine sales of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Vito (as VW also does with its Multivan and Transporter, the luxury version and the basic version), the T6 would be 20.000 units ahead of its closest rival. The Fiat Ducato holds on to its podium spot thanks to strong sales in springtime, the high season for campervans, the bulk of Ducato sales. In Q4, the Fiat was in a distant 6th place with just a fifth of its volume in Q2. The V-Class gains 29% and was the clear #2 in the last quarter, and as mentioned above, would be in 2nd place for the year as well when combined with sister model Vito.
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe are up 21% in the first nine months of 2016, after a 35% improvement in Q3. The segment outperforms the overall market at +7,5% by a large margin, as the entire top-6 shows double digit growth. The Volkswagen T6 still leads the segment with almost a third of total sales thanks to its facelift of last year. The T6 sold more than twice as many units in Q3 than any of its challengers. However, keep in mind these sales include those of the Multivan, the luxury passenger van that competes with the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. If we combine sales of the latter with those of its basic twin Vito Tourer, Mercedes would be the closest rival of VW in this segment, however still unable to touch the Transporter. The Fiat Ducato was outsold by the V-Class in Q3 but has built up a large enough advantage to keep its position by the end of the year.
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe are up 14% in the first half of 2016, outperforming the overall market at +8,8%. The #1 and #2 of the segment both improve 15%, keeping their share of the segment stable. That means the Volkswagen T6 still leads the segment with about a third of total sales thanks to its facelift of last year, followed by the Fiat Ducato with a fifth of segment sales, thanks to its popularity as a base for camper vans. In third place we find the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the luxury version of the two Mercedes models in this segment, with sales up 41% but still far from threatening the Ducato. Even when combining the V-Class with its workhorse version Vito Tourer, Mercedes-Benz is only in 2nd place with a slim margin over the Fiat. And that’s without adding sales of the Citroën Jumper and Peugeot Boxer, of which we unfortunately don’t have specified data, but I’d have to guess it’ll be less than the 2.600 units needed for the Sevel-Sud triplets to hold on to 2nd place.
Sales of small passenger vans, called Ludospace in France, are up 9% in 2015 to 213.689 units, after spending two years below 200.000 sales. The two segment leaders Volkswagen Caddy Life and Citroën Berlingo Multispace both lose share, the Caddy is down 3% as it was being renewed at the end of 2015 and the Berlingo is up by just one percent. In third place, up from fifth, we find the Dacia Dokker thanks to a 20% increase in volume. That puts the French-Romanian budget-MPV ahead of its established cousin Renault Kangoo and the Berlingo’s clone Peugeot Partner (called Ranch in the UK).
The large passenger van segment in Europe slows down its double digit growth in Q3 of 2015, up 8% in the quarter and still +13% year-to-date. The main reason for the slowdown is the model changeover from the Volkswagen Transporter/Multivan from the T5 generation to the T6, which causes the segment leader to lose 34% of its volume in Q3, which sets it virtually flat for the year so far. The Fiat Ducato holds on to its 2nd place, keeping the surging Mercedes-Benz V-Class at bay, even though these two models had almost identical sales in the third quarter. If we add the V-Class’s “tradesman”-version Vito Combi into the mix, the Mercedes-Benz twins outsell the Ducato to take the #2 spot. The 36% loss for the new Vito can be explained by the number of Viano sales that were included last year, from before the Viano was replace by the V-Class. [Read more…]
Sales of large passenger vans in Europe surge 15% in the first half of 2015 after a 5% growth in 2014, helped by sell-out pricing of the soon-to-be replaced Volkswagen T5 Transporter and Multivan, and the successful launch of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The luxury MPV from Mercedes-Benz now sells twice as much as the regular Vito Tourer, and combined sales of the models are up 33% compared to last year, when the V-Class had only just replaced the Viano. The Fiat Ducato is up 9% thanks to the new generation, while the Renault Trafic and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro haven’t seen the full benefit of their new generations, which had started deliveries in Q2, giving the Ford Tourneo Custom the opportunity to jump in between. [Read more…]
The large passenger van segment is up 5% to just over 150.000 units in 2014, with the Volkswagen T5 still firmly in the lead, selling more than double of its closest rival, the Fiat Ducato, even with the new generation T6 to be introduced in 2015. The new generation Mercedes Vito Tourer and its luxury twin V-Class (formerly Viano), would be in second place ahead of the Ducato if combined. The Renault Trafic and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro are down as their new generations have only just been revealed and won’t start deliveries until Q2 of 2015. The Ford Tourneo Custom is up 37%, but sales of the larger Tourneo are down to less than half as customers are waiting for the new generation.
Interesting to see that of the Sevel-Nord triplets the Citroën Jumpy and Peugeot Expert outsell the Fiat Scudo by a 2:1 ratio each, while of the Sevel-Sud triplets the Fiat Ducato sells 12 times as many times as the Citroën Jumper. This is a result of the popularity the Ducato enjoys among coachbuilders and most notably campervan constructors.
2014 large passenger van sales Europe
|Large Passenger Van Segment||2014||2013||Change|
|3.||Mercedes-Benz Vito/Viano Combi||15.857||21.613||-27%|
|5.||Renault Trafic Passenger||8.384||9.979||-16%|
|6.||Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour||7.141||7.748||-8%|
|7.||Ford Tourneo Custom||7.100||5.200||37%|
|8.||Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Combi||6.211||5.276||18%|
|9.||Ford Transit Tourneo||5.192||11.490||-55%|
|10.||Citroën Jumpy Multispace||4.418||4.161||6%|
|11.||Peugeot Expert Tepee||4.401||4.062||8%|
|12.||Fiat Scudo Panorama||2.367||2.178||9%|
|13.||Citroën Jumper Combi||1.930||1.791||8%|
|14.||Renault Master Passenger||1.929||1.642||17%|
|15.||Volkswagen Crafter Combi||1.691||1.336||27%|
Note that these statistics only include the passenger versions of these commercial vehicles, and exclude the cargo versions, which are sold in much larger numbers across Europe.
Also not that this list is not complete, as data of some models is not available.
Small passenger van segment
Sales of small passenger vans are up 2% to almost 200.000 units in 2014, with the Volkswagen Caddy still firmly in first place, despite a drop of 3%. Its closest competitors, the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Parter are down even more. Combined, the two clones would lead the segment ahead of the Caddy. The Renault Kangoo holds on to its fourth place ahead of its distant cousin Dacia Dokker, while the Kangoo’s clone Mercedes-Benz Citan is quickly storming the charts. Ford has successfully launched the new generation Tourneo Connect, which reaches 7th place with almost 10.000 sales.
Looking at the smallest vans of the segment, the aging Fiat Qubo, Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper are all down with double digits, feeling the added competition from the Ford Tourneo Courier, and the triplets have lost more volume than the Ford has sold this year.
2014 large passenger van sales Europe
|Small Passenger Van Segment||2014||2013||Change|
|1.||Volkswagen Caddy Life||47.390||49.107||-3%|
|2.||Citroën Berlingo Multispace||35.378||37.957||-7%|
|3.||Peugeot Partner Tepee / Ranch||23.906||26.201||-9%|
|7.||Ford Tourneo Connect||9.490||231||new|
|9.||Nissan NV200 Evalia||5.434||5.370||1%|
|10.||Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi||4.349||2.252||93%|
|11.||Ford Tourneo Courier||4.275||0||new|
|12.||Citroën Nemo Multispace||2.519||3.108||-19%|
|13.||Peugeot Bipper Tepee||2.216||3.164||-30%|
|14.||Opel/Vauxhall Combo Tour||1.733||2.518||-31%|
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