The midsized MPV segment in Europe continues its decline in 2019 at -16% to 489,000 sales, a record low and just 3.1% of the overall European car market, down from 3.9% in 2018. In 2008 just the top-3 models (Scenic, C4 Picasso and Zafira) sold a combined 500,000 units and the entire segment was over 1 million sales and in 2005 just the top-2 models (Scenic and Zafira) sold as many units as the entire segment now. The Scenic has its lowest annual sales since its launch in 1997 at just 76,000 deliveries, keeping it just ahead of the Volkswagen Touran, the segment best seller in 2016 and 2017.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class was the segment best seller in the fourth quarter of 2019 and finished the year on the podium, ahead of its rival BMW 2-Series Active/Gran Tourer, which also has its slowest year since its launch. The B-Class beats the BMW 2-Series Active and Gran Tourer for the firs time since the latter model’s launch in 2014. That kicks the usual podium contender Citroën C4 Picasso down to 5th now that the regular 5-seater version has been discontinued and the Grand Picasso 7-seater is left. The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan is down 21% and is unlikely to be replaced when VW renews the Golf. The BMW i3 is up 30% and sets a new annual sales record in Europe, as it has done every year since its launch in 2013. The i3 now has surpassed 114,000 cumulative sales in Europe. The Ford C-Max had its last full year of sales and barely finished ahead of the Dacia Lodgy, which shows almost stable sales after outselling the Sportsvan and C-Max in Q4. The Toyota Prius+ enjoys a third consecutive year of growth and even sets a new annual sales record in Europe thanks to popularity among taxi companies across Europe. The Opel/Vauxhall Zafira is being phased out although the name will return on a midsized passenger van based on the PSA vans.
Midsized MPV segment
Renault (Grand) Scenic
BMW 2-series Active/Gran Tourer
Citroën C4 (Grand) Picasso
Ford (Grand) C-Max
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