Sales of midsized crossovers in Europe have grown at more than double the speed of the overall market in the first three quarters of 2016: +18% vs. +7,5% as new brands and models keep entering this highly competitive class. After being outsold by the small crossover segment in Q2, the midsized models rebound in Q3 and also pass the 1 million sales mark in the first nine months, a figure it took all twelve months as recently as 2014. In a sign of consolidation, all top-8 models gain volume, of which only two with less than 2 digits, while the following 9 modles all lose volume, #9 to #12 with single digits and #13 to #17 with double digits. The Nissan Qashqai is stable, which means it loses share of the segment, from 19,4% last year to 16,6% this year, but 2016 will be the 9th consecutive year the Qashqai leads the segment. However, next year may offer a change of guard, as the Volkswagen Tiguan was only 4.200 units behind in Q3 and even outsold the Nissan in August.
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The Tiguan takes the year-to-date second spot, passing the South-Korean duo Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage which were both on the podium after the first half of the year. The Tucson holds on to its third place, but the Sportage drops two spots, even though it’s only 410 sales off the podium. The Renault Kadjar is unable to fight for the segment podium, stuck in fifth place year-to-date and outsold by the Ford Kuga by a large margin of 5.300 sales in Q3. These six are the only ones to sell over 100.000 units this year, with the Toyota RAV4 in 7th place at less than half of the #4. The Nissan X-Trail passes the Skoda Yeti to take 8th place. The Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V are surprisingly stable considering their new generations are due soon, but the Mitsubishi Outlander disappoints. Its sibling ASX is down 18% while the Suzuki S-Cross suffers from cannibalization from the smaller Vitara.
A number of newcomers are climbing the charts: The Seat Ateca was in 15th place in Q3 and the Kia Niro right behind at #16, while the MG GS has entered the segment top-30 and will move up at least one more spot by year end. And the pace of new models entering the segment will keep up in the coming months, with the Peugeot 3008, Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X and Skoda Kodiaq, as well as new generations of the Jeep Compass, Renault Koleos and the CX-5.
Also check out the heavily competitive compact SUV segment in the US where the European numbers 2, 3 and 4 are only in 15th, 16th and 17th place reversibly.
Midsized SUV segment
Citroën C4 Aircross
Suzuki Grand Vitara
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