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.
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The biggest winner of the segment is the facelifted Renault Trafic Passenger with sales up 55%, significantly better than the +18% of its clone, the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour. We’ll also welcome a Fiat version of that car, the Fiat Talento Panorama, and of course the Nissan NV300 to make it four versions of the same car. However, the latter two are likely to be sold in much smaller numbers than the Trafic and Vivaro, so don’t expect any big shifts in this segment from that. The Ford Tourneo Custom loses a whopping 60% of its volume as it’s one of the oldest models in the segment, especially since the Peugeot Expert has been replaced by the all-new Peugeot Traveller, new this quarter. The Traveller’s clones Citroën Space Tourer and Toyota ProAce are unfortunately not specified, but don’t expect them to sell much more than the Peugeot version.
2016 first half large passenger van sales Europe
Large passenger van segment
Volkswagen Transporter / Multivan
Renault Trafic Passenger
Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer
Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Combi
Ford Tourneo Custom
Ford Transit Tourneo
Peugeot Expert Tepee
Hyundai H1 / Starex
Small Passenger Van segment
Sales of small passenger vans, or Ludospace as they’re called in France, are up 9% in the first half, and here too the leading Volkswagen does slightly better than the segment as a whole. The recently facelifted VW Caddy is up 13% to stay ahead of the Citroën Berlingo at +19% and the Peugeot Partner at +24%. Of course, combined sales of the PSA twins put them in pole position of the segment with a 30% share, even though they’re already 8 years old. Then again, the Caddy is already 12 years old but kept relatively fresh with 2 facelifts and the Renault Kangoo is 8 years old as well. That leaves the Dacia Dokker in fourth place and the Ford Tourneo Connect in sixth place as the youngest models in the top-6, both originating from 2012. Similarly in the smaller subsegment, the Ford Tourneo Courier is much fresher than the Fiat-PSA triplets and its shows: the Courier is up while the Qubo and especially the Nemo and Bipper are losing a lot of ground. The odd one out sizewise is the Nissan NV200, but it keeps improving slowly yet steadily, and the same can be said of the Kangoo clone Mercedes-Benz Citan, although +24% is more than slowly.
2016 first half small passenger van sales Europe
Small passenger van segment
Volkswagen Caddy Life
Citroën Berlingo Multispace
Peugeot Partner Tepee / Ranch
Ford Tourneo Connect
Ford Tourneo Courier
Nissan NV200 Evalia
Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi
Citroën Nemo Multispace
Peugeot Bipper Tepee
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