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.
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The Renault Trafic Passenger is up 28% to stay ahead of the Vito, and when combining sales of sister models Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro, Fiat Talento and Nissan NV300 (of which we don’t have data, unfortunately), it would be at the same level as the Ducato. The Ford Tourneo Custom and the full-sized Transit Tourneo are the only two remaining models that lose volume in 2016, and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter leapfrogs the Transit Tourneo to take 8th place. Surprisingly, the Hyundai H1 / Starex is the fastest growing model in the segment, even though it hasn’t had any major updates since 2008 and frankly I had almost forgotten they still sold this model. At the bottom of the ranking we find a number of newcomers: the PSA-Toyota triplets Peugeot Traveller, Citroën Spacetourer and Toyota Proace Verso, whose combined sales in Q4 were similar to those of the Transit Custom. The previous generation of these three also included the Fiat Scudo, but this has been replaced by the Fiat Talento, which is now a clone of the Renault Trafic, as mentioned above.
Sales of small car-based vans (or van-based cars, however you choose to look at it) are up 8% in 2016, and here too VW stays the commanding leader of the segment. With the entire top-4 showing double digit growth, the Volkswagen Caddy is the fastest growing model of the segment with sales up 18%, including a gain of 20% in Q4. However, the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner/Ranch twins remain on top when combining sales. The Dacia Dokker holds on to third place while the related but not similar Renault Kangoo loses 4% but stays well ahead of the Ford Tourneo Connect, while that model’s little sibling Tourneo Courier is up 2% to stay on top of the subsegment of subcompact vans, ahead of the Fiat Qubo. The Qubo’s clones from PSA have all but stopped sales, while its big sibling Fiat Doblo is down 20%. The Nissan NV200 Evalia gains 13% while the Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi grows 11% but is down 24% in Q4.
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