At +23% in the first nine months of 2016, the small crossover segment is still one of the fastest growing mainstream segments in Europe. Compared to the same period of last year, the segment has added almost 190.000 units of volume, pushing it past the one million sales mark after just three quarters of the year, a figure which it only hit in December of last year. Small crossovers outsold their larger counterpart midsized crossovers in the second quarter, but have fallen back behind again in Q3 as a result of surging sales in that segment thanks to a number of new launches there. The Renault Captur continues to improve but also to lose its dominant market share as the number of players in this segment grows. Its closest two challengers, the Peugeot 2008 and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka have both been facelifted this year and had a neck-and-neck race in Q3, which means the former holds on to 2nd place of the segment year-to-date.
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The Dacia Duster also keeps adding volume, but at a slower pace than the segment, while the Fiat 500X is the highest placed model to outgrow the segment at +65%, a sharp contrast to its abysmal performance in the USsubcompact crossover segment. The small Fiat is likely to sell over 100.000 copies in Europe this year, plus an additional 75.000 for its platform sibling Jeep Renegade, enough to place the duo in 2nd spot when combined. One of the groundbreakers of the segment, the Nissan Juke, is the best selling of the just 3 out of 17 remaining models to lose volume, followed by the Citroën C4 Cactus. The Cactus was outsold by the Renegade and the Suzuki Vitara in Q3 and looks set to be leapfrogged by the American Italian by the end of the year to drop into 8th place. The Ford EcoSport holds on to 10th place ahead of a number of Asian competitors, of which the Mazda CX-3 forms the only real threat to enter the top-10.
Small SUV segment
Citroën C4 Cactus
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