Sales of midsized MPVs in Europe have been relatively stable in the last couple of years, alternation single digit growth and contraction, and the first quarter of 2016 is no different with sales down just one percent. That still compares negatively to the overall market, which grew by 8% in the same period. There is quite a shuffle in the ranking as a number of models has just been renewed while others are about to be renewed soon. The segment leader remains unchanged, as the Citroën C4 Picasso adds 4% to its volume and consolidates its position as last year’s challengers Renault Scenic and Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan lose 30% and 15% respectively and are out of the top-4. The Scenic will be replaced in the second half of this year, while the Sportsvan is probably cannibalized by the new generation Touran, which replaces them on the podium together with the BMW 2-series Active Tourer. The 2-series is the fastest growing model in the segment and even grabbed 2nd place in March at less than 400 units behind the Picasso, so it remains a force to be reckoned with this year.
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The Ford C-Max is up 12% this quarter but still doesn’t make it onto the podium, while competition from the 2-series kicks the Mercedes-Benz B-Class down 18% and 2 spots into 7th place. The Peugeot 3008 is surprisingly stable at -4% for a model that’s due to be replaced by a more crossover-like appearance, co-developed with GM who will build the new Zafira on the same platform. The current Zafira is up an even more surprising 18%, especially considering dealers also had the previous model to sell at a discounted price last year. The Toyota Versoand Peugeot 5008 are stable after both losing volume last year and despite their age, while the Dacia Lodgy continues to improve, passing the Kia Carens. After a 23% gain last year thanks to its facelift, the Toyota Prius+ is back down again 14% as the Prius sedan has been replaced by an even more efficient generation.
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