The large passenger van segment in Europe stabilizes in 2019 at just below 200,000 sales. The Volkswagen Transporter T6 and its luxury derivative Multivan grow 5% and improve their share to one third of the segment, while the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Vito Tourer duo close in on VW’s reign with sales up 11% to a combined 27.5% share of the segment, while the French PSA-Toyota vans are up 3% to 16.8% share, and their sales are very well-balanced, and with the addition of the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Life as the fourth version looks set to improve further in 2020. This means Opel/Vauxhall will split off from the Renault Trafic and its clones Fiat Talento and Nissan NV300, and therefore the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour is down 45% while the Trafic is down 9% and the Talento is up 1%. Meanwhile Ford will continue to go at it alone with the Tourneo Custom, which is the only model still based on a strong but heavy an inefficient body-on-frame architecture. The Hyundai H1 Starex rebounds from a slow 2018 but remains below its 2017 volume.
In the small passenger van segment, Volkswagen also tops the charts in the individual model ranking with sales up 4% to over 56,500 sales, just 200 sales below its 2017 total which was its best year since 2009, but when looking at sales of clones, the recently renewed PSA triplets Peugeot Rifter, Citroën Berlingo Multispace and Opel/Vauxhall Combo improve their share to 38.9% of the segment, which which looks set to improve further in 2020 thanks to the introduction of the Toyota ProAce Verso City. In its first year of sales, the Rifter immediately outsells the Berlingo, which its predecessor Partner Tepee never managed to do. The Dacia Dokker is in third place with sales up 10% to set yet another annual sales record for the nameplate, improving as it has done every year since its launch in 2013. The Ford Tourneo Courier also sets a new annual sales record as it has done every year since its launch in 2014, while the larger Tourneo Connect is up 17% after dipping in 2018. The Renault Kangoo is due for a redesign and combined sales of the Kangoo and its clone Mercedes-Benz Citan are down 29%, a trend which the added Nissan NV250 is unlikely to turn around. The new generation Kangoo will arrive in 2020 and should help the brand regain some of the lost ground. The Fiat Qubo is the last remaining model of the former triplets as the Peugeot Bipper and Citroën Nemo have ended sales, but the Qubo remains impressively stable considering its age and does better than the Doblo which is down 8% to its lowest annual sales since its launch in 2001.
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