The small crossover segment became Europe’s largest class in volume last year and it continues to beat the overall market and increase its dominance in the first half of 2022, as sales of small crossover and SUVs are down by 6% in an overall market down 15%. As a result, they now make up 19.7% of the total European car market, up 1.9 percentage points on the same period last year. In Q2, the class was down 10% in an overall market down 24%.
Thanks to a strong second quarter, the Volkswagen T-Roc grabs the class lead despite a 20% drop in deliveries year-to-date. The numbers two through five are separated by just 1,400 deliveries. In the second quarter, the Dacia Duster was the #2 seller, which allows it to jump to 3rd place year-t0-date as the best seller of the first quarter Peugeot 2008 drops to 4th place with sales down 32% on last year. That means the Ford Puma is up to the #2 spot, while the former class leader Renault Captur
2021 leader Peugeot 2008 stays on top despite a 26% decline in deliveries, but there’s a surprise in second place as the Ford Puma is down 3% to leapfrog the Volkswagen T-Roc and Renault Captur which are both down by a quarter or more. Class leader up until 2020, the Captur is now in fourth place and feeling the heat of the Dacia Duster (-5%) and newcomer Toyota Yaris Cross. The new generation Opel/Vauxhall Mokka is up fivefold to jump to #7 ahead of the Hyundai Kona (+4%), Volkswagen T-Cross (-17%) and Kia Niro (+10%). A new generation Niro has already been revealed, but the outgoing model has continued to improve its sales during its life cycle. A similar thing can be said of the Kia Stonic at #17. The siblings Opel/Vauxhall Crossland and Citroën C3 Aircross lose share of the class and so do the other siblings Skoda Kamiq and Seat Arona. The second generation Nissan Juke is unable to reach the heights of its predecessor, one of the originals of this class.
The Jeep Renegade is tumbling down the ranking at #18 with 39% fewer deliveries but at least it still outsells its sibling Fiat 500X at #20. They are split by newcomer Volkswagen Taigo, a crossover coupe version of the T-Cross. Ford’s newfound success in this class is not only limited to the Puma, also the car it was supposed to replace, the Ford EcoSport, makes a revival at +34% in 22nd place ahead of the Suzuki Vitara, down 32%. The MG ZS now outsells the Suzuki S-Cross, up 34% thanks to the new generation, while the Honda HR-V more than quadruples, also thanks to the new generation. Among smaller players (<1% share of the class), the three Chinese-Italian DR models are multiplying their sales of last year, and so does the SsangYong XLV, outperforming its shorter version Tivoli.
Luxury models lose share, down to 5.2% from 6.2% last year, with deliveries down 18%. The Audi Q2 is down 13% into an overall 16th place while the Mini Countryman does almost twice as bad in 21st place at -23%. The DS3 Crossback is down 17% and #28.
|Small SUV segment||2022-H1||2021-H1||Change||2022 share||2022-Q2||Change|
|6||Toyota Yaris Cross||63.264||0||New||5,8%||30.913||New|
|13||Citroën C3 Aircross||35.668||40.887||-13%||3,3%||17.936||-11%|
|44||DR EVO 4||4||519||-99%||0,0%||4||-99%|
|45||Citroën C4 Cactus||0||1.161||-100%||0,0%||0||-100%|
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.