Sales of midsized MPVs in Europe are down 1% in the first half of 2015, after increasing by that same 1% in Q1. The ever-increasing popularity of crossovers may have something to do with that, as it does with small crossovers vs. small MPVs. However, the model that suffers the most from a sales slowdown in Q2 doesn’t have an in-house crossover competitor: the Citroën C4 Picasso. In fact, the Picasso loses its pole position of the segment to its main rival, the Renault Scenic, despite the latter being 4 years older and due to be replaced next year, as well as having gotten some in-house competition from the already successful Kadjar crossover.
Volkswagen occupies the next two spots with the still fresh Golf Sportsvan now firmly ahead of the soon-to-be replaced Touran, making VW the biggest brand in the class. The Ford C-Max and Peugeot 3008 maintain their positions above the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira, which is the biggest loser of the segment at -35%.
The Toyota Verso was up 13% in Q1, but is down into negative territory for the first half, because it had just been updated a year ago and enjoyed an excellent Q2 of 2014. It’s only 2 units ahead of the Peugeot 5008, which outsold it in April and June. The Dacia Lodgy moves back ahead of the Kia Carens, most likely thanks to the Lodgy Stepway version, while the 11-year old Seat Altea manages to improve 10% on last year, most likely helped by generous discounts and perhaps a large government order in Spain, which accounts for more than half of the model’s growth and a third of its total volume.
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