European sales 2017-Q1 compact & midsized crossover segments

Midsized_SUV-segment-European-sales-2016_Q3-Nissan_Qashqai-Volkswagen_Tiguan-Hyundai_TucsonThe midsized crossover segment remains one of the fastest growing segments in Europe, even faster than the small crossover segment at +28% in the first quarter of 2017, to 371.500 sales. The Nissan Qashqai holds on to its top spot, thanks to sales up 13% on its already impressive score last year, but the Volkswagen Tiguan is closing in quickly with a gain of 78% to come within 10.000 sales. Considering the Tiguan outsold the Qashqai in the second half of last year, this is actually a bit of a disappointment for the model, than may suffer from a bit of cannibalization from the Seat Ateca and to a lesser degree the Skoda Kodiaq. In third place we find the Hyundai Tucson, similar to the full year 2016 ranking, but the facelifted Ford Kuga is growing at double its rate and is not far behind in 4th, up from 6th last year.

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Peugeot_3008-2017-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe Kia Sportage is one of only two models in the top-10 to lose volume and does so by only 1%, although that still translates into a loss of almost 2 percentage points of share of the segment. The Sportage can feel newcomer Peugeot 3008 SUV breathing down its neck, which gives PSA some hard-needed success. The 3008 outsells its French rival Renault Kadjar fairly and squarely, as the Kadjar is already down by 12%, which surely must be a disappointing result for the brand. Second newcomer is the Seat Ateca in 8th place, with 5,8% share of the segment it’s already above Seat’s own target of 5%. The top-10 is completed by the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru XV, both up by just single digits, as both are about to be renewed, just like the Jeep Wrangler in 12th place.

Opel-Grandland-XA lot of news can be expected again this year, promising another year of growth for the segment: the new generation Mazda CX-5 is already in showrooms and the next generation Jeep Compass will arrive in Europe as well. Subaru will renew the XV, Opel/Vauxhall will launch the Grandland X on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008, and perhaps the Citroën C5 Aircross will make it into showrooms this year too, if not 2018. Mitsubishi will launch a third crossover to fit between the ASX and Outlander: the Eclipse Cross. Ford will do the same, adding a model between the EcoSport and Kuga. Finally, Nissan will facelift the Qashqai.

Also check out the heavily competitive compact SUV segment in the US where the European numbers 2, 3 and 5 are only in 16th, 12th and 15th place respectively.

Compact SUV segment 2017-Q1 2016-Q1 Change
1 Nissan Qashqai 74.725 66.352 13%
2 Volkswagen Tiguan 65.660 36.811 78%
3 Hyundai Tucson 41.117 36.106 14%
4 Ford Kuga 39.989 30.697 30%
5 Kia Sportage 37.890 38.343 -1%
6 Peugeot 3008 37.156 17.054 118%
7 Renault Kadjar 29.577 33.655 -12%
8 Seat Ateca 21.692 26 New
9 Mazda CX-5 16.164 15.816 2%
10 Subaru XV 2.809 2.677 5%
11 Citroën C4 Aircross 1.673 2.712 -38%
12 Jeep Wrangler 960 977 -2%
15 SsangYong Korando 869 1.075 -19%
16 Peugeot 4008 458 576 -20%
17 MG GS 269 0 New
18 Opel/Vauxhall Antara 261 1.039 -75%
19 Hyundai ix35 157 5.005 -97%
20 Jeep Compass 104 88 18%
21 DR5 53 50 6%
Segment total 371.583 289.535 28%

Midsized SUV segment

Nissan-X_Trail-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe midsized crossover segment is up 9% to almost 73.000 sales and here we also have a Nissan on top, as the X-Trail is the fastest growing model in the segment with a gain of 28%, distancing the Toyota RAV4, which is up 16%. The Honda CR-V loses 18% as it awaits the new generation which is already in showrooms in the US, a much  more important market for the nameplate. The Mitsubishi Outlander also loses volume, but stays well ahead of newcomer Skoda Kodiaq and Subaru Forester, the latter of which makes an impressive recovery at +16%.

Later this year we’ll welcome the new generation Renault Koleos and the Peugeot 5008 SUV, as well as the 7-seater Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and another Seat crossover that’s based on that Allspace. Nissan will give the X-Trail the same facelift it already gave the Rogue in the US.

Midsized SUV segment 2017-Q1 2016-Q1 Change
1 Nissan X-Trail 22.420 17.535 28%
2 Toyota RAV4 20.283 17.472 16%
3 Honda CR-V 11.275 13.743 -18%
4 Mitsubishi Outlander 9.557 10.513 -9%
5 Skoda Kodiaq 3.774 0 New
6 Subaru Forester 3.653 3.159 16%
7 Jeep Cherokee 1.806 2.810 -36%
8 Renault Koleos 64 108 -41%
9 Fiat Freemont 1 1.642 -100%
Segment total 72.833 66.982 9%

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Car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.

  1. Who on earth buys Tuscon? It’s terrible car with a hefty price tag. I’m not the biggest fan of Kadjar but I would way rather have it than a plastic box Tuscon is on the inside.

      1. Well Americans never had a taste in cars so that doesn’t surprise me much. I’m not a fan of Kia either but Sportage is way nicer inside. But both are expensive. If you buy Tiguan at least you know why you are paying more than for a Kadjar, better interior and more powerful engines. But I have no idea why you wold pay more for the 2 koreans. But than again, I wouldn’t look at SUVs at all for the money they want for them, Passat and Talisman are way better cars for same money.

    1. You know that both Tucson and Sportage have a way better interior than the Kadjar’s, right? Not to mention better, powerful engines. The only reason why someone buys a Kadjar is it’s low price versions with crappy entry level engines, otherwise no one in his right mind considers a Kadjar when going for a purchase in this segment.

  2. As to the Kadjar. Nice car. For kind people. Designed following Renault’s “non-aggressive looks” policy.
    That’s how Laurens van den Acker mandate looked like:
    pretty, sculpted & sensual (Clio) vehicles. Not the grumpy, aggressive looks of say, the Tiguan in R-Line configuration.

    Kadjar’s drop (driven one for a week / liked it a lot) in EU sales in only its second full year was more or less calculated by the very same Laurens vd Acker. Reason: the tsunami of brand new B-, C-, D segment SUV’s. With that in mind, it’s the more remarkable how well Kadjar’s sibling, the much older Nissan QQ (+ X-Trail) dominate. The QQ in the EU and the X Trail in the US really hit the bulls eye. X Trail is #1 i/t US in Q1.

  3. PS:
    Noticed the C4 Aircross is place in this category.
    That answers my question in the previous (small SUV segment) item.

  4. the Qashqai is strong because of the UK Market, taditionally the strongest ca Market in europe in March where it was 5th or 6th best selling model … I predict that the Tiguan will overtake it soon (the Tiguan was 5th best seller overall in europe in January-February anyway, soo ..)

  5. @Blaz, you wrote “Americans never had a taste in cars”

    In which nation do people have taste?
    How would you describe taste?
    Who determines whether a Fiat Panda is ‘tasteful’ and the Ford Mustang “tasteless”?
    Or the other way around.

    US carbuyers can choose from 400 different versions.
    US buyers buy more ‘tasteful’ Ferrari’s and Volvo’s than any country in the world.

  6. If Peugeot wasn’t facing so many production constraints with the 3008 I think they would be even higher on this list. The waiting period is exceeding 6 months.
    They can’t bring the C5 Aircross and the Grandland X soon enough.

    1. Like the Peugeot 3008, the SEAT Ateca is facing production contraints, and needs to wait… until 11 months!
      So they could sale the double without it.

  7. Sad to see kadjar going minus. Whould be intresting to see if they make higher digits than 2016.

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