Sales of large passenger vans in Europe are up 21% in the first nine months of 2016, after a 35% improvement in Q3. The segment outperforms the overall market at +7,5% by a large margin, as the entire top-6 shows double digit growth. The Volkswagen T6 still leads the segment with almost a third of total sales thanks to its facelift of last year. The T6 sold more than twice as many units in Q3 than any of its challengers. However, keep in mind these sales include those of the Multivan, the luxury passenger van that competes with the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. If we combine sales of the latter with those of its basic twin Vito Tourer, Mercedes would be the closest rival of VW in this segment, however still unable to touch the Transporter. The Fiat Ducato was outsold by the V-Class in Q3 but has built up a large enough advantage to keep its position by the end of the year.
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The Renault Trafic was outsold by its Opel/Vauxhall clone in Q3 while the Ford Tourneo Custom trumped them both in this quarter. Still, the Trafic is the fastest growing model in the top-9 while the Custom is the biggest loser so far this year, together with its larger sibling Transit Tourneo. The Hyundai Starex/H1 has found a second wind, which I’m unable to explain, as the model hasn’t significantly changed since its launch almost 10 years ago. The new PSA-Toyota triplets are still at the bottom of the ranking, split by the Fiat Talento, a rebadged Renault Trafic. It will soon be joined by the last of the quadruplets: the Nissan NV300.
2016 Q1-Q3 large passenger van sales Europe
Large passenger van segment
Volkswagen Transporter / Multivan
Mercedes-Benz Vito / Viano Combi
Renault Trafic Passenger
Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour
Ford Tourneo Custom
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Combi
Ford Transit Tourneo
Hyundai H1 / Starex
Peugeot Expert Tepee
Small Passenger Van segment
Sales of small passenger vans, or Ludospace as they’re called in France, are up 10% in the nine months of 2016, and here too the leading Volkswagen outperforms the rest of the segment. The new generation Caddy improves 18% to consolidate its top spot, although the PSA twins Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Partner would top the charts when combined. The Partner is knocked back off the podium position it held in the first two quarters by the Dacia Dokker, while the Renault Kangoo is distanced in fifth place, the only model in the top-8 to lose volume. The Ford Tourneo Connect shows a nice improvement, moving ahead of its smaller sibling Tourneo Courier. The latter is the best seller of the mini models in this segment, ahead of the Fiat Qubo, which distances its larger sibling Doblo. The Nissan NV200 Evalia continues to improve steadily but remains a niche player as it’s a bit of an odd one out sizewise, as well as being the only model available as an EV. The Mercedes-Benz Citan is the fastest growing model of the segment, but that’s from a low base and still not enough to give it a top-10 position.
2016 Q1-Q3 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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