The large SUV segment is one of the smallest in Europe with fewer than 43.000 sales in 2018, down 20% on the year before. Compare that to the US where over 2 million of these vehicles were sold last year, up 3,4%.The entire top-3 loses share and the segment best seller barely managed to sell over 10.000 units last year. Unlike the midsized crossover segment, where some models are also available as 7-seaters, there are not a lot of new entrants to this segment in Europe, but brands are actually withdrawing their slow selling models, like Nissan which no longer sells the Murano and Pathfinder and Mazda which never really sold the CX-9 in significant quantities, as opposed to the US. The latest newcomer is the Ford Edge in 2016, but after storming to the top of the ranking in its first full year of sales, we have a change of leadership for the fourth consecutive year, as the Kia Sorento reclaims the top spot that the Ford Edge stole from the Hyundai Santa Fe just one year before.
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The last time the Sorento topped the charts was 2015, when it sold 65% more than it sold in 2018. The Edge loses 39% on 2017, its first full year of sales, but manages to stay clear of the third placed Santa Fe. The latter has been redesigned and should be able to reclaim the top spot in 2019. Big winner last year was the facelifted Toyota Land Cruiser with sales up by one third to its highest annual sales since 2012. The Mitsubishi Pajero sees stable sales, while the new generation SsangYong Rexton increases its share of the segment to 5,6%.
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