The small crossover segment continues to boom again outgrowing the overall market by a 2-to-1 ratio at +16% to 435.000 sales. The small crossover segment is already almost as large in terms of unit sales than the compact and midsized crossover segments combined. And new models will continue to enter the segment, so don’t expect this growth curve to flatten anytime soon. Meanwhile, the Renault Captur holds on to the segment leadership it has held ever since its launch, but does so by the skin of its teeth. With sales virtually stable as a facelift is imminent, the Captur feels the already facelifted Peugeot 2008 breathing down its neck thanks to an 18% increase, now just 1.200 sales behind the leader. In third place we stil find the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X, up 12% and distancing the top-3 players from the rest of the segment.
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The hottest newcomer storming up the charts is the Toyota C-HR, already in 5th place just behind the Dacia Duster. This is quite an impressive launch for a model with such polarizing design. In fact, the C-HR’s design may be more polarizing than that of the Nissan Juke, the segment’s grandfather and due for a redesign but still up by 2%. One of only 2 models to lose volume in the top-10 is the Fiat 500X, back down to 7th place, one spot above its platform sibling Jeep Renegade which continues to grow. Surprisingly, the Italian-American Renegade is more dependent on the twins’ home market Italy than the “real” Italian 500X, at 51,1% vs 48,2%. The Ford Ecosport continues its improvement after a slow start to enter the top-10, leapfrogging the Citroën C4 Cactus (down 14%) and the Skoda Yeti (down 5%). The Mazda CX-3 appears to have hit its ceiling with sales down 3% again, but manages to stay ahead of fellow Japanese rivals Mitsubishi ASX and Honda HR-V. Newcomer Kia Niro hybrid enters the top-15, ahead of the recently facelifted Suzuki S-Cross. Among the fastest growing models we also find a surprise: the antediluvian “cult-car” Lada Niva, up 24%.
In 2017 the new product onslaught will continue thanks to VW Group and Hyundai-Kia: we will finally see the long-awaited Polo crossover (Taigun?), although that may not be in showrooms until 2018, as first Seat will bring the Arona based on the new Ibiza, and Skoda its version to be named Karoq. The replacements to the MPVs Hyundai ix20 (named Kona) and Kia Venga (names Stonic?) will become crossovers too, making the South-Koreans compete in this segment too, at last. Nissan will also present the second generation Juke and at the end of the year Dacia may show the new Duster, but that won’t hit the market until 2018, just like the next gen Mitsubishi ASX which will become a bit smaller to make room for the Eclipse Cross between it and the Outlander. MG will enter the segment with the XS, which is called ZS in China, but the name MG ZS has already been used in Europe for the sporty versions of the Rover 45. The Vitara will be facelifted this year, as well as the EcoSport.
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