European sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Passenger Van segment

Passenger-van-segment-European-sales-2016_Q2-Volkswagen_T6-Fiat_Ducato-Mercedes_Benz_V_ClassSales 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 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 Change
1 Volkswagen Transporter / Multivan 50.163 39.896 26%
2 Fiat Ducato 26.715 23.059 16%
3 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 22.055 16.151 37%
4 Mercedes-Benz Vito / Viano Combi 11.923 8.818 35%
5 Renault Trafic Passenger 11.909 8.371 42%
6 Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour 9.095 8.296 10%
7 Ford Tourneo Custom 6.000 7.700 -22%
8 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Combi 5.397 4.429 22%
9 Ford Transit Tourneo 4.729 5.893 -20%
10 Hyundai H1 / Starex 2.078 707 194%
11 Peugeot Expert Tepee 1.417 3.902 -64%
12 Peugeot Traveller 698 0 New
13 Citroën Spacetourer 539 0 New
14 Fiat Talento 424 0 New
15 Toyota Proace 262 9 New
Segment total 153.404 127.231 21%

Small Passenger Van segment

Passenger-van-segment-European-sales-2016_Q3-Volkswagen_Caddy_Life-Citroen_Berlingo_Multispace-Dacia_DokkerSales 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 2016 Q3 2015 Q3 Change
1 Volkswagen Caddy Life 39.756 33.790 18%
2 Citroën Berlingo Multispace 30.590 27.019 13%
3 Dacia Dokker 21.329 18.201 17%
4 Peugeot Partner Tepee / Ranch 21.226 17.815 19%
5 Renault Kangoo 15.489 16.222 -5%
6 Ford Tourneo Connect 12.100 10.400 16%
7 Ford Tourneo Courier 10.800 10.800 0%
8 Fiat Qubo 7.859 7.705 2%
9 Fiat Doblo 5.999 7.204 -17%
10 Nissan NV200 Evalia 5.202 4.677 11%
11 Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi 3.755 2.963 27%
12 Citroën Nemo Multispace 724 1.246 -42%
13 Peugeot Bipper Tepee 654 1.214 -46%
Segment total 175.483 159.256 10%

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