Sales of midsized MPVs in Europe accelerate their downward spiral with a 42% decline in the first quarter of 2020, selling just over 74,000 units for a share of 2.4% of the European car market, down from 3.1% in 2019 and 3.9% in 2018.
And in this segment too the luxury brands continue to outperform the segment, growing their share from 29.1% in Q1 of 2019 to 37.1% now, while also claiming the title of best seller with the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The B-Class is down just 8% and thus gains 6.7 percentage points of share to move past the previous leaders Volkswagen Touran (-39%) and Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic (-51%). The BMW Active and Gran Tourer is down 38% and the Citroën C4 Grand Picasso is down 39% now that the two-row version has been discontinued. The Volkswagen Sportsvan loses 41% of its sales but makes sure VW is still the best selling brand in the segment, while the electric BMW i3 beats the segment average with sales down 36%. So does the Dacia Lodgy at -29% but the best performer of the class and the only nameplate to sell more in Q1 of 2020 than in the same period last year is the Toyota Prius+. The hybrid taxi favorite in many cities across Europe manages to grow its sales by 31%, but it’s still the slowest seller of the segments, as the Ford C-Max has been discontinued.
|Midsized MPV segment||2020-Q1||2019-Q1||Change||2020 share||2019 share|
|3||Renault (Grand) Scenic||9.381||18.953||-51%||12,6%||14,9%|
|4||BMW 2-series Active/Gran Tourer||8.843||14.277||-38%||11,9%||11,2%|
|5||Citroën C4 (Grand) Picasso||8.222||13.480||-39%||11,1%||10,6%|
|10||Ford (Grand) C-Max||71||10.500||-99%||0,1%||8,2%|
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.