The large SUV segment in Europe keeps recovering from their years of declines with sales up 33% in Q3 and 30% so far in 2015. Two thirds of the increase is thanks to a single model: the new generation Kia Sorento, which manages to topple its corporate sibling Hyundai Santa Fe from the top spot of the segment for the first time in 4 years. Behind these two South-Korean models which take two thirds of the segment volume, the Toyota Land Cruiser in under fire from the Mitsubishi Pajero, which had already taken third place in Q1 but lost it to the Land Cruiser in Q2. In Q3, the Pajero was the best seller of the two, but not enough to overtake its rival.
Further down the ranking we see the SsangYong Rexton continue to improve as the Indian-owned (Mahindra & Mahindra) South-Korean SUV specialist is starting to return to European SUV buyers’ shopping lists, probably also helped by the introduction of their small crossover Tivoli. Behind the Rexton, we can now give you European sales figures for the Mazda CX-9, a model which is not officially sold in the continent. In the first three quarters of 2015, the CX-9 found 921 buyers, placing it well ahead of the soon-to-be-replaced Nissan Murano and the won’t-be-replaced Nissan Pathfinder.
Click on any model to see its annual sales from 1997-2014 and monthly sales in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, or use the dropdown menu in the top right of this site. Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.
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